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Londonopolis: A Curious History of London

Martin Latham

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 224

  • Publisher: Batsford Ltd

  • Date Published: Sep 2017

  • Stock Code: 90945

  • ISBN: 9781849944564

  • Binding: Paperback

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A paperback reissue of Londonopolis (9781849941655)

This curious history of London whisks you down the rabbit hole and into the warren of backstreets, landmarks, cemeteries, palaces, markets, museums and secret gardens of the great metropolis. Meet the cockneys, politicians, fairies, philosophers, gangsters and royalty that populate the city, their stories becoming curiouser and curiouser as layers of time and history are peeled back.

Find out which tube station once housed the Elgin Marbles and what lies behind a Piccadilly doorway that helped Darwin launch his theory of evolution and caused the Swedes to wage war against Britain. Do you believe in fairies? Do you know which Leadenhall site became a Nag's Head tavern, morphing into the mighty East India Company, before taking flight as the futuristic Lloyds Building? Who named the Natural History Museum's long-tailed dinosaur Mr Whippy?

Spanning above and below ground, from the outer suburbs to the inner city, and from the medieval period to the modern day, Londonopolis is a celebration of the weird and the wonderful that makes the mysterious city of London so magical.

  • A curious and erudite collection of stories of London that give an alternative history of the great city
  • Includes stories of singing Neanderthal Londoners, how the Nag's Head started the British Empire and getting lost in London's ghost tube stations
  • From Ancient (even prehistoric) to the 21st century
  • Written by a passionate historian and bookseller who saved a Roman Bath House in his bookshop

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