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Bizarre London: Discover the Capital's Secrets & Surprises

David Long

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London, Greater London, Prose: non-fiction, British & Irish history

A charming gift book of the strangest and most intriguing stories of London.

A fascinating tour of London's strangest and most intriguing locations. Ranging from architectural evidence of past incidents and stories of life beneath the city, to anecdotes of magic, mystery and murder, this is a perfect companion for the curious Londoner.

It includes:

A Museum of Magical Curiosities; The City's Lost Tunnels and Citadels; The Ghost of a "She-Wolf; The Bawdy House Riots; The Story of 'Jack the Stripper'; The Atmospheric Railway; The Thames Ringway Bicycle Race; A Banker Hanged at Newgate; The Crossdressing Highwayman; Bluebottles, Rozzers and Woodentops; The Hidden Statue of a Beaver; The 'Belgravia of Death'; Whitehall's Licensed Brothel; Pin-Makers, Mole-Takers and Rat Catchers; Drinking in 'The Bucket of Blood'; London's Most Haunted House.

All of London is here!

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Praise for Bizarre London: Discover the Capital's Secrets & Surprises

  • Here s yet another book revealing the capital s secrets and surprises . But it would be churlish to discount this new compendium of unusual London tales... David Long s an old-hand at putting books like this together, and he always digs up exquisite truffles to go with the hoary turnips.

  • The format flits whimsically between novelty lists ( London s weirdest wills , London s maddest buildings never built , London cabbie slang ), and mini-essays wriggling with anecdote ( Why are London buses red? , London s famous motoring firsts ).

  • In a market niche that s now as crowded as the 18:22 to Reading, Bizarre London pummels its bantamweight rivals with knockout clouts of trivia that even this weary correspondent hadn t encountered before. - The Londonist

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