I Never Knew That About London by Christopher Winn
Someone on a walking tour of London boroughs (with a well-fitted backpack to hold the book, because it is heavy).
In a nutshell:
A sort of abbreviated encyclopedia about central London.
Why I chose it:
When I first moved back to London a couple of years ago, I went through a phase of buying a lot of trivia-type books about London and England. I read a few, then stopped. Thought while I’m unable to go exploring the city as I usually would, I could at least learn something.
The title isn’t so much misleading as it is … incomplete. There are for sure a lot of little fun facts within this book that I never knew. But mostly this reads as one of those DK Eyewitness Travel guides. Those are generally my favorite types of travel guides, but I just wasn’t expecting it from such a hefty book. It has some drawings, but not a picture for everything, which makes it a little harder to imagine what building / area of London is being described. I’d love to rip out sections and take them with me on a little walking tour when lock down is lifted. But if you’re looking for more of a quick-reading trivia book, this is not it.
Keep it / Pass to a Friend / Donate it / Toss it:
Keep it (it’s still a good reference book)