04 December 2014
National Geographic Books
The London Book of Lists
Tim Hepson & Larry Porges
There are older and larger cities than London. Other cities with sublime sights and monuments, superb food and
nightlife. But there are no cities that come close to London’s medley of art, culture, history, tradition, excitement,
cosmopolitan élan, contemporary flair — and flair for quirkiness.
The London Book of Lists is an eclectic and hugely entertaining illustrated compendium of more than 120 lists of London life, culture, and history, from its ancient Roman origins to the present day.
Organised with a minimum of organisation, the lists in this fun and easy-to-dip into book comprise and are annotated by quotes; sidebars containing compelling facts and figures; snippets from diaries and other first-hand sources, old National Geographic magazine excerpts; and much more.
• The useful — The best breakfasts, movie locations you can visit, best views from bars and restaurants.
• The fascinating — Remaining visible damage from WWII, ghost tube stations, great riots and disturbances.
• The obscure — Antiquated laws, infamous murders and their locations, favourite London ghosts.
Whether a native Londoner or a tourist, there is sure to be a list to inform, inspire, or entertain.
Tim Jepson was born near the River Thames and grew up on the fringes of London, close to Amersham. He has written six other books for National Geographic and is a guide and expert for National Geographic Expeditions. His travel articles have appeared in the Daily Telegraph, Vogue, Conde Nast Traveller, and other publications.
Larry Porges has been a book editor at the National Geographic Society for more than a decade and wrote the
updated edition of the National Geographic Traveler: London guidebook.