You may have noticed your Facebook and Twitter feeds are flooded with pictures of people’s kids dressed up as pirates, tigers and hungry caterpillars today. No, schools haven’t drastically relaxed their dress codes. It’s World Book Day. (A word of advise though, be careful when googling ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ because we just got a world of horrific links!)
Here are five of our favourite London books to celebrate…
‘Londoners’ by Craig Taylor
‘The days and nights of London now, as told by those who love it, hate it, live it, left it, and long for it’. Craig Taylor has captured the voices of the city so accurately, it is a pleasure to read.
‘This is London’ by Miroslav Sasek
Yeah it’s a guide for children, but we love this 1950s illustrative view of London. It has the best ever opening; a grey page with an explanation that this is what London usually looks like (ie. foggy).
Mark has attempted something that most of us only quietly muse about on a busy Tube ride – he has walked every Tube line, overground. Follow his 403.2 mile (912,384 steps) journey and find yourself imbued with brilliant Underground and general London trivia.
‘Spitalfields Life’ by The Gentle Author
Delve into the beautiful details of all areas of life in Spitalfields and fall in love with east London (and The Gentle Author) over and over and over and over….
Anything by Dickens
You know how it’s better to read the book before you see the film? Well we think it’s even more important to read the books before you go on the pub crawl. Get reading and then check out this Dickensian pub crawl.
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