From Roman Londinium to the seething modern metropolis of today, journey through 2,000 years of the world’s most vibrant capital.
Shaped by invasion, occupation and immigration, and upheavals as diverse as the Great Fire, the Blitz and the Big Bang, London’s history is unmatched for variety and drama. Sharing his passion and expert knowledge, David Long selects 100 places that best tell this incredible story. Discover Roman temples, Saxon burial mounds, frost fairs on the frozen Thames, Georgian windmills, and one old brown shoe, each with its own unique insight into a critical period of London’s evolution.
Whether you prefer to explore history on your feet or from an armchair, this little book will captivate and surprise, revealing oft-overlooked gems among the famous landmarks and the hidden stories locked within.
Writer and journalist David Long has regularly appeared in The Times and the London Evening Standard, as well as on TV and radio. He has written a number of books on London, including Spectacular Vernacular, Tunnels, Towers & Temples and the highly successful Little Book of London. He lives in Suffolk, England.
‘David Long deserves a lifetime achievement award for outstanding services in the field of disseminating superior London trivia… The dedicated London explorer could get much enjoyment from travelling around town, reading the entries “on location”’
– The Londonist
‘Bring[s] history to life… a wonderful introduction to a vast subject’