Saturday 30 June 2018

Book Review: London Letters by Lucylovesthis

Title: London Letters
Author: Lucy Stephens (Lucylovesthis)
Rock Point (Quarto)

Publication Date: 7 August 2018
eBook - PDF
ARC via NetGalley


This isn’t your typical A-to-Z guidebook to the bustling city of London! Filled with the eye-catching artwork of Lucylovesthis, London Letters is an interactive, fun, and functional guide to 26 of the districts of London. Neatly packaged in a slipcase with 26 folded cards, this guidebook organizes neighbourhoods from Angel to ZSL London Zoo. Each of these cards provides a handy guide on how to get to there, what to see, where to eat, and more! Newcomers to the city will discover Britain’s capital by following Lucy’s unique maps and recommendations of what to do in each area. Lifelong Londoners will enjoy seeing the capital from a different and artistic point of view.

London Letters is certainly different from most city guides I've read. It is quirky and fun, with less text and more illustration. However, I think that gives it only niche appeal as a travel guide. The focus is on food, markets/shopping, and musical entertainment, with only a few mentions of historical attractions and museums, and because of how it's presented, it misses some key areas around the West End. That said, it does include parts of London to which tourists wouldn't normally go, so on that front, if offers new options for those who have already visited all the key sites and are looking for something different. Overall, I give this four stars. It is nicely presented and great fun, but it is probably a guide for someone who has already spent time in London and wants fresh ideas, rather than someone coming to city for the first time.

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