August 27, 2019 2 min read

With Notting Hill Carnival having just come to an end, it's the perfect time to reflect on everything we love about London, the heart of England. And, for those of you who aren't from London or were unable to make it to this joyous occasion, we've compiled a list of books covering many of the most interesting and intriguing aspects of this great city for your reading pleasure. God save the Queen!

 

The Queen's London (1896)

This stunning book, over a century old, contains a variety of 19th century photos of London. Fall into the pages (and another era) with this beautiful piece of history showing London thriving in the 1800's just as much as it thrives today!

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King Penguin: Unknown Westminster Abbey (1948)

Westminster Abbey is a thousand-year-old landmark, and undeniably one of the greatest across the United Kingdom. And now, with this classic King Penguin book, you can read all about it - and hopefully be inspired to go and visit it for yourself!

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London River (1951)

An informative read on London River, better known as the River Thames, this book tells all there is to know about one of the most famous rivers in the world. It's a thing of true beauty when nature continues to flow in even the most industrialised locations of the world!

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First Edition King Penguin: British Military Uniforms (1948)

The Queen's Guard have one the most recognisable uniforms on the planet - but there are so many more unique uniforms important to Britain that deserve our attention. Get your hands on this vintage historical guide, and learn all about what members of the British Military have worn throughout the years.

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A Book of British Crowns (1965)

The British Monarchy will always be adored by millions, stretching book hundreds of years and being incredible important in our country's history. With this classic history picture book, you can see all of the famous crowns Britain's monarchs have worn over many centuries.

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First Edition Penguin Collection: William Shakespeare Tragedies (1947)

William Shakespeare's plays and works are possibly the most influential pieces of literature of all time. This collection of his tragedies, written and performed in London, is ideal for any classic literature lover or history buff!

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Street Plan of Central London

London is beautiful, but let's face it - sometimes it feels like an unnavigable mess. But that's also part of the beauty, as every street corner holds something new to discover. This street plan of central London shows you just how vast and winding this historical city truly is.

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The London I Love (1948)

To finish this list off is The London I Love, with pictures and informative guides on many of London's most intriguing aspects - both the more famous and the lesser known. So if you're interested in learning about London in general and seeing what it had to offer in the early 20th century (and still has to offer now), this is book is for you.

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Amelia Baker
Amelia Baker

founder of the Country House Library, and lifelong bibliophile. Favourite vintage writer PG Woodhouse. Favourite book colour Pelican blue.


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