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Hidden City by David Long
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May 21, 12

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Read from April 04 to May 22, 2012

This is better than his other work on London, Spectacular Vernacular, in that at least the places he talks about are (almost all) accessible to the public. I had only minimal interest in a description of the glories of the interior of a building I can never visit.

However, this book suffers from the same main drawback as the other. It is full of photographs without captions. It was generally possible to work out what it was a photo of from the text on the adjoining pages, but only about 2/3 of the time. A silly lapse.

It is also more of a history of London streets than a guidebook. Quite a few entries would go into interesting detail about what used to be there only to end with noting it has all been demolished and there is nothing left to see. Not a flaw. Just something to keep in mind if you are considering getting this book.

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