Eyewitness Travel Guide Deluxe Gift Edition to London

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9780789449757: Eyewitness Travel Guide Deluxe Gift Edition to London

The guide that shows you what other travel books only tell you!

Now everyone can enjoy the luxury of first class travel with this stylish and practical deluxe edition of the practical and informative DK Travel Guide to London. This deluxe edition, bound in beautiful fine-grained black leather, also includes a separate fold-out city map, information cards with theatre maps, menu decoders, wine vintage charts, emergency telephone numbers, and more! The Royals, the theatre, the sightseeing, and the shopping are just a few of the highlights in DK's Eyewitness Travel Guide: London. Featuring more than 1,200 full-color photographs, the city is made easily accessible with street-by-street maps and striking 3-D aerial overviews. Explore Westminster Abbey, visit the Tate Gallery, admire Buckingham Palace, and thrill yourself with the magnificent St. Paul's Cathedral. Other overviews spotlight the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum, and the Tower of London. This exceptional travel reference includes five guided walks that highlight the history, architecture, and elegance of London. The city's shopping, nightlife, performing arts, and pubs come to life with special articles and features. With so much to see and do, this is the best guide for this monumental city.

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The essence of London, found "in the swing, tramp, and trudge; in the bellow and uproar; the carriages, motor cars, omnibuses, vans, sandwich men shuffling and swinging; brass bands; barrel organs; in the triumph and the jingle and the strange high singing of some aeroplane overhead..." (Mrs. Dalloway), is ably conveyed in the visual burst of Dorling Kindersley's London guide. This compact book is filled to overflowing with a montage of timelines, street maps, 3-D aerial views, district maps, cutaways of important buildings--including Buckingham Palace and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre--and more than 1,200 full-color photographs.

Like all of DK's books, this reference is overwhelming when you first crack open the pages. There's so much information, you almost don't know where to start. Lucky for tourists, London's editors kept a steady eye on usability when they organized the book. It begins with a short history (mostly conveyed in images) and then moves to an extensive section on the sights and sounds of the city by the Thames. The aim is to give you a "portrait" of each area before divulging the details, of which there is no lack. If you're worried about the practicalities of the trip, fear not: London is on your side. A section on travelers' needs and a handy survival guide--including instructions, complete with photographic aides, on how to use different types of public telephones--should eliminate any apprehension about exploring this wondrous city. Perhaps the most useful feature for those on the go who want portable information, and for those who hate to haul out maps in public ("Hey! I'm a tourist!"), is the "Street Finder," a comprehensive index of street names and 24 pages of corresponding maps. Small enough to fit in your backpack, London is the guide to grab before hopping on the Underground. --Heidi Robinson

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...You feel, looking at them, as if you could close the book and step into the street. -- Contra Costa Times

...considered to be the world's best travel resource to over 30 destinations around the world, make it easier to plan a splendid vacation. -- North American Press Syndication

The best travel guides ever. -- Sky Magazine -Delta In flight Magazine

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