Frommer's Irreverent Guide to London (Irreverent Guides)

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9780028606545: Frommer's Irreverent Guide to London (Irreverent Guides)

"Like being taken around by a savvy local." —The New York Times "Little fluff and lots of fun." —Boston Globe Are you tired of cliché-ridden guidebooks packed with promotional fluff? Then move over to the Irreverent Guides—the travel series that no tourist board would dare to recommend. Look inside for the lowdown on:

  • Great hotels for misbehaving
  • Where to dine like John Cleese and meet rollicking royals
  • What's worth seeing—and what you shouldn't waste your time on
  • Shopping for your own crown jewels
  • The top nightspots for cruising and schmoozing
  • And much more!
Frommer's. The Name You Can Trust. Find us online at www.frommers.com

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If you think London is just emotionless guards in funny red hats changing places, or stodgy businessmen clad in overcoat-and-umbrella uniforms, think again. Kate Sekules brings to the printed page the endearing, the fun, and the very cool sides of London. In an entertaining and enjoyable style, she presents the lowdown on where to get great Sicilian pizza, where to "keep on abusing your liver" after the pubs officially shut at 11 p.m., and where to go at 3 a.m. to drink espressos with London's other insomniacs. She introduces all the neighborhoods and what's hot and happening in them, introduces you to the intricacies of London parking (should you be so foolish as to rent a car), and lets you in on the White Card, London's little-touted museum discount card.

Sekules knows where all the top chefs (and there are a lot of them in London now) do their culinary magic, when the summer session of the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts (a.k.a. the Prom) begins, and what there is to do in London on a Sunday. Of course she also provides the scoop on what you look for in a guide--accommodation options; where to eat; how to get around; where to party, enjoy the culture scene, and shop; and what else there is to do for fun. And for each category, Sekules includes innovative subcategories, such as Britishest, Eurotrashiest, Bargain beds, and Best health club under "Accommodations"; or Book before you fly, For kids, Overrated, and For oenophiles under "Dining."

All in all, Sekules has written a brilliant guidebook that is also a fun read and a great service to the London-visiting world. --Stephanie Gold

About the Author:

about the authors Native Londoner Kate Sekules writes about travel, food, and fitness for magazines, including The New Yorker, Travel and Leisure, Health and Fitness, Time Out, and Vogue, and for the Condé Nast Web site Epicurious.

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