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Spectacular Vernacular London's 100 Most Extraordinary Buildings by David Long

Spectacular Vernacular London's 100 Most Extraordinary Buildings


Spectacular Vernacular London's 100 Most Extraordinary Buildings by David Long

Lifting the lid on London, Spectacular Vernacular reveals the stories behind its 100 strangest and most enigmatic buildings. Some are open to the public, if you know who to ask. Others remain strictly off-limits, thus heightening the sense of mystery surrounding them. But many are so familiar that few of us ever stop to consider just how curious they are. In the heart of Kensington, for example, a 300ft tower attracts few glances that even most locals don't know it's there. South of the river the city's widest building at nearly 1,000ft has been favourably compared to the Winter Palace at St Petersburg. And in Chelsea a medieval hall, once home to a king and moved brick by brick from the City to excape demolition, is now being remodelled as London's largest private house. Elsewhere one finds an arts centre built of old shipping containers, a Victiorian explorer lying dead in a tent, literally acres of secret undergound government offices, even a private tunnel used for running cable-cars under the Thames. Think you know London? Well, it's time to reconsider.

About the Author

David Long

Writer and journalist David Long has regularly appeared in The Times and the London Evening Standard, as well as on TV and radio. He has written a number of books on London, including Spectacular Vernacular, Tunnels, Towers & Temples and the highly successful Little Book of London. He lives in Suffolk, England.

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20th April 2006


David Long

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The History Press Ltd


266 pages


Places & peoples: general & pictorial works



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