We're constantly asked for a printed version of this
guidebook, and we constantly have to tell people
that it's out of print. It's easier to be up to date
on the web though. And easier to be out of date
too...London changes very rapidly.
You can print everything you want from this website.
But if you want a guidebook to put in your pocket we
recommend the Rough Guide. It's not afraid to say
what's good and what's bad - and has been vilified
in the UK for plain talking: some people don't want
visitors to get less than a rosy picture.
The second choice would be Time Out or the Thames
and Hudson Style guide. Time Out certainly has its
finger on the pulse of London, but can be a little
too trendy for our liking, and less likely to say
bad things: they carry ads in their weekly magazine.
Buy Time Out when you get here to find out what's
on, though. The Thames and Hudson is excellent for
shopping and for nooks and crannies other guides
For restaurants Harden's has the gastronomic edge,
with the Good Food Guide as a good, but less
exhaustive second. The Time out guide is OK too and
have their noses closer to the ground. You can
consult Harden's online for free.
We were at school and at University with Richard
Harden and entirely endorse his view of food and
restaurants. And if you come across something good,
do a report - if you review enough restaurants he'll
send you a free copy of his guidebook!
For a good free map THIS LINK is to the tfl
bus/tourist attractions sheet, which is good.
Below are links to our recommended guidebooks. Some
are older editions (where the new edition isn't out
yet or isn't available out of the UK) which are
cheap, but if older than a couple of years some of
the pertinent facts could have changed. Some links
are to Amazon in the US, some in the UK. We
recommend these guidebooks because we think they're
good. If you can get then at your local bookstore,
do. If you mail order them via the links below we
get a (very) small contribution to our ever-mounting
costs. You pay no more for the books so it's
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