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4.25  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  15 reviews
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"Wow!!! A genuinely bespoke city guide!!!" - Tommy Sponge, Chairman, The Bespokist Society

One of the most curated city guides ever created. As the first travel book produced by the hugely influential Bespokist Society, this handy guide takes you to a Londo
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Published April 1st 2018 by Acorn Independent Press
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I knew before I started reading this book that it was a spoof, however, not being from London and having only visited a handful of times (mainly staying down the road from Euston Station), I wasn’t quite sure whether some of the places mentioned actually existed and the authors were taking the mick out of them, or, that they had been completely made up. Judging by the fact I tried googling a few it shows you how well put together this book is –
Dash fan
5☆ A Quirky light hearted Fun Guide.
The Perfect Present!

The Bespokist Society - Guide to London is a quirky pocket sized fun book about the hip and happening hot spots of London.

Firstly I just want to say this is not a real guide!
It's a spoof, that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. It made me laugh, smile, nod my head in amusement and made me want to visit some of these gems!

The Bespokist Society - Guide to London takes the reader on a 24hour journey through some of London's happening places.
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Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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London is one of the most famous cities in the world drawing visitors from all over the globe to see the sights; who take selfies in front of the sights and generally get in the way of people in London who are trying to get on with their own lives. You would have thought that there are enough guides for London, but here is a new guide for this dynamic city, one that will take you to places that you never knew existed, explore trends that you may not have come across and meet those that are at th ...more
Susan Hampson
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well this is a little gem of a read! Welcome to a truly got to have guide for places to visit in London that you would never find on your own and it is a perfect pocket-book size to ensure that it is handy to refer back to. Divided into five sections of North, South, East, West and Central London it ensures days out that covers everything that you will need, from eating, sight-seeing, theatre, sleeping and a loo that is a must pit stop for a wee while. I mean why spend a penny when you could spe ...more
Stephanie Jane
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As you might have spotted from the publishing date, The Bespokust Society Guide to ... London is a joke, but it's a very clever and funny one that repeatedly had me giggling. At first glance simply a regular city guide, albeit one illustrated with particularly moody monochrome photography, this one pokes fun at the pretentiousness of a certain type of city lifestyle. As someone who visits London every once in a while and usually goes to Brixt
Rachel Gilbey
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sheer genius, or completely insane? Well I have been trying to decide that the whole time I was reading this book, and the only conclusion I can come to is that it has been written by some intelligent people, with a smart wit and some fantastic ideas.

Being a Londoner there is no way you would catch me reading a real travel guide to London, as lets face it I know the bits I know and who ever explores the place they live? However The Bespokist Society Guide to London is a spoof travel guide that
Jackie Law
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bespokist Society: Guide to… London is a carefully curated guide to the dreamiest, most hipster, creative places to go in our historic yet vibrant capital city. It embraces the artisan, the carefully sourced, the importance of experiencing. It includes interviews and features that bring to the fore the values of the team behind this pocket sized cornucopia of well hidden delights. As co-author Nastya Petrov advises in her introduction,

“if you’re bored of London, you just need to spend more m
Ankita Singh
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Donna Maguire

is a witty book with a novel approach to all things 'BS' in London... and I had really high hopes when reading the book.

The sections are great, it is easy to read and the layout is great. It had a few funny bits and places listed to make me titter but it wasn't really my sense of humour and I am genuinely saddened as I so wanted to like the book!

It is a great concept but it is 3 from me (just wasn't a book for me), don't let my review put you off though a
Julie Morris
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am sure that other globe-trotting book lovers will have the same affliction that I do, which is the compulsion to buy a guide book as soon as you have booked a break to a new destination. Even in these days of instant access to all the information you ever need at the click of a mouse, I still love to have a physical guide book in my hands when I travel. This is particularly true when I am taking a city break and trying to pack as much as possible into two or three days. I am especially fond o ...more
Steph Warren
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received a free ARC of this book via Rachel’s Random Resources blog tour and the author/s. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

The Bespokist Society Guide to… London is a pocket-sized parody of British hipster culture.

Masquerading as recommendations for places to eat, drink and be entertained in each compass of the capital city, this is actually a bitingly sharp satire of the modern obsessions with the artisanal, handcrafted, organic, exotically-sourced, ethically-conscious sid
Christie72 (Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews)
What an witty and hilarious read!!! Satire and parody are two of my favorite things, and this book had both.

The layout was genius! It is set up like a genuine travel guide, that is until you quickly see the dry humor. For instance, this passage had me rolling with laughter.

“For a proper afternoon tradition, don’t miss Merlin’s Tea Shoppe near Moorgate, London’s very first dining establishment dating from the time of King Arthur. The service is famously dismissive, the sandwiches cloy and the te
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Bespokist Society Guide to London is a tongue in cheek travel guide to London. One of my favorite places listed is the chain of ‘bottom parlors’ that include luxurious toilets, bowel-stimulating music, and bottom butters. I think it tickled me because I wouldn’t be surprised if these parlors popped up somewhere.

Like all city guides, there are plenty of restaurants listed. My
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Today I have reviewed the truly unique BS Guide to London. This is a spoof guide book, detailing fictional cafes, pop up venues and other weird and wonderful places. My favourite is The Launderette, a revolutionary place where people can go to work, get their Wi-Fi on and wash their smalls. A little book full of fun - some of these places I actually wanted to Google to check they weren't actually a thing! In a world full of zany concepts, I really did enjoy this book - I hope they do more! A Yor ...more

This is a tiny book that packs a punch.  Even if you've never been to London, if you've lived in a place inhabited by hipsters, you will understand this book. 

In this guide you will find out about the latest and greatest restaurants that require you to make all your own food.  You will find out about bicycling groups that never end.  You will find tailors that use only archaic tool and refuse to discuss a price.

This is a book that you can dip in and out of instead of reading like a story.  Thi
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