I Never Knew That About London

Christopher Winn; Illustrations by Mai Osawa

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Discover hundreds of fascinating facts about London in this enthralling miscellany

Travelling through  the villages and districts that make up the world’s most dynamic metropolis, Christopher Winn takes us on a captivating journey around London to unearth the hidden gems of legends, firsts, inventions, adventures and birthplaces that shape the city's compelling and at times turbulent past.

See the Chelsea river views that inspired Turner and find out where London’s first nude statue is. Explore London's finest country house in Charlton and unearth the secrets of the Mother of Parliaments. Discover which church steeple gave us the design of the traditional wedding cake, where the sandwich was invented and where in Bond Street you can see London’s oldest artifact. Visit the house where Handel and Jimi Hendrix both lived. Climb the famous 311 steps of the Monument and fly the world’s biggest Ferris wheel.  Brimming with stories and snippets providing spellbinding insight into what has shaped the city, I Never Knew That About London is a beautifully illustrated gem of a book that informs and amuses in equal measure.

"Will not fail to enhance months, even years, of gentle urban exploration...Any number of morning or weekend outings can be constructed from these rich pages... the selections and observations remain unfailingly interesting." --The Guardian (UK)

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Tucked away below Clive Steps at the end of King Charles Street can be found the small underground rooms where Winston Churchill and the War Cabinet met during the air raids of the Second World War.

The first-ever Valentine Card was written from the Tower, where in 1415 the recently imprisoned Duke of Orleans composed a love poem to his wife.

The measurement of one foot comes from the length of the foot of St. Algar’s statue, carved on the base of one of the columns near the entrance of St. Paul’s Cathedral.

The design for the traditional wedding cake is drawn from the steeple of St. Bride’s church in Fleet Street.

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I Never Knew That About London
City of LondonEC3 SOUTHMONUMENT - LONDON BRIDGE - BILLINGSGATE - FENCHURCH STREETThe MonumentMonumentalThe Monument rises above Fish Hill, close to where the Roman bridge came ashore and where London began. The view from the top is awe-inspiring. All around, a forest of spires and towers and turrets thrust upwards, striving for the light, a perfect metaphor for the struggle between God and Mammon. The godly spires more than hold their own, even as the towers of commerce grow ever higher and bolder.The writer James Boswell came here in 1762 to climb the 311 steps

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"Will not fail to enhance months, even years, of gentle urban exploration...Any number of morning or weekend outings can be constructed from these rich pages... the selections and observations remain unfailingly interesting." --The Guardian (UK)


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Christopher Winn; Illustrations by Mai Osawa

CHRISTOPHER WINN is the author of the bestselling I Never Knew That About Ireland as well as I Never Knew That About the Irish. He is a writer, quiz master and producer for theater and television who has written for many of England's most prestigious papers.  He lives in London with his wife, who is also his illustrator.

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I Never Knew That About London
Christopher Winn; Illustrations by Mai Osawa

Hardcover

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
February 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250001511
ISBN10: 125000151X
5 1/2 x 8.25 inches, 304 pages, Include b&w illustrations throughout
$24.99

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
February 2012
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ISBN: 9781429941112
ISBN10: 1429941111
304 pages, Includes b&w illustrations throughout; 5 maps
$11.99
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