26 September 2023

Lonely Planet’s Experience Guides: London

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Reviewed by Rama Gaind.

Price: $34.99.

Get under the skin of some of the world’s favourite cities with Lonely Planet’s ground-breaking new Experience Guides, with the next adventure in London.

Redesigning the way people travel, this guide lets the reader discover the unique personality of each city, with first-hand experiences from locals, off-beat day trips and a fresh outlook on well-known sites. If you think you know a city, or have visited one before, these easy-to-use guides will surprise you and offer a whole new viewpoint.

Marvel at Wren’s masterpiece from atop the Tate Modern. Dine at a Michelin restaurant in hip East London. See some of the world’s greatest works of art for free. Cycle out to a rural escape. Hunt vampires and say hello to Karl Marx at Highgate Cemetery. Bar-hop through hip Hoxton and Shoreditch. Explore fascinating ethnic neighbourhoods and eat like a local in Brick Lane. Go wild swimming in Hampstead Heath. Watch a sunset from atop the Walkie Talkie. Down a pint of craft beer at a Bermondsey microbrewery. This is London.

As Chris Zeiher, Senior Director Trade Sales & Marketing for Lonely Planet Publications, explains: “For me, Experience London has inspired my next trip to London, where I’ll be exploring some abandoned Tube stations, discovering the Sylheti Soul of Brick Lane, taking the plunge by going wild swimming on the Heath and checking out the 20 plus micro-breweries housed under the Victorian railway arches in Bermondsey!”

Experience the magic of London: at its centre stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations. Across the Thames River, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex and the entire city.

See the English capital’s top landmarks as you take a tour of beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral, watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and visit the Tower of London, Covent Garden and the recognisable Tower Bridge. Enjoy an extended Thames River sightseeing cruise. Travel is my therapy, what’s yours? Surely, you will find something new because it’s better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times.

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