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If you love London, then this is your book, mate. Within these pages are hundreds of facts, figures, stories, quotes, jokes, and anecdotes—from its earliest times, when hippos swam the Thames and elephants lived in Trafalgar Square, right up to the present day. Find out whose head fell off London Bridge into his daughter’s lap, what goes on at the Horseshoe and Faggott Cut ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Robson Books, Limited
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Scott
Apr 17, 2013 Scott rated it liked it
Shelves: 2000s, london
This little pocket book of quirky facts about London is just thick enough to keep you amused as you hop over the Atlantic. Jo Swinnerton and her crew culled a small stack of Metropolitan guides for off-beat information. They bundled their research in this dainty little volume, The London Companion (2004), that won't take up too much space on your fold-down tray. The type is tiny, but the facts are fun, and the ribbon gives it a splash of elegance.

Elephants in Trafalgar Square? Piranhas falling o
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Lucy
a collection of fascinating facts about London. Even the page numbers have a fact attached to them: page 12 says 12 is the average number of operas produced in London each year; page 126 says 126 is the number of parish churches in London. Some facts are not of interest to me, such as things about the history of cricket, and when various stations of the Underground were founded, moved, renamed, or closed.
Highly recommended for travel lovers and trivia lovers. I'd love to have my own copy. Well w
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Clare O'Beara
Jul 20, 2014 Clare O'Beara rated it really liked it
This neat little book has been carefully edited to fit a few items on each page with nothing spilling over onto another page. Even the page numbers are used to tell us the percentage of theatres in Britain which are in London, or the year in which such a firm opened.

Facts and lists about London cram each page, from films using Trafalgar Square to the original and new names of Tube stations whose names have been altered.

The origin of the Tube map was when an unemployed draughtsman decided to ma
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Brooke
May 29, 2012 Brooke rated it really liked it
Brilliant little companion book for those interested in London -- travelers, students, historians, writers, architects, and the simply curious. You're bound to find at least one fascinating tidbit. I especially enjoyed the creative use of page numbers as "by the numbers" facts.
Mandy
Sep 07, 2007 Mandy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves london, history and knowing random trivia
This is a part of a collection of "Think Books". They have multiple topics covered in the London Companion. It was the equivalent of having your great-uncle along for the trip, telling you quips about local history that no museum or tour guide could ever remember. Really neat.
Meredith
Jan 23, 2008 Meredith rated it really liked it
my friend picked this book up when we were in London and I had to get a copy for myself. I pick it up and flip through whenever I'm feeling homesick for London. All the tidbits and useless knowledge make me feel better :o)
Brittanie
Jun 21, 2011 Brittanie rated it really liked it
This book just fuelled my desire to see London for myself and helped me mark a few places on my to-see list. Very interesting facts, both historical and modern-ish (my copy was published in '04).
mike
Jun 20, 2007 mike rated it liked it
Recommends it for: london tourists
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One of the first of the compendia of trivia that are all in vogue now. One of the best, too -- but still, something to pick up, enjoy on the airplane, and not really pick up again.
Emily
Jul 02, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it
AMAZING random facts about London. A great bathroom read for an anglophile if you know what I mean...
Melyni
Apr 16, 2011 Melyni rated it really liked it
A fun book on facts and history about London.
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