The Heat of the Day
The suspenseful tale of life in London during the bombing raids of World War II. Bowen, like her character in the novel, remained in London during the raids (refusing the relative security of Ireland). Originally published in 1949.
London, The Biography
A big thematic history of London from Celtic settlement to Roman outpost and world power, much focused on the life of the city. A popular biographer and novelist, Ackroyd leavens the centuries with anecdote, personality and great affection.
Watching the English
Fox's clever guide to the conversation, behavior, quirks, habits and foibles of the English is wildly popular back home in Britain. Second edition.
Drawing on the unforgettable stories of nearly 100 Londoners, Taylor provides a rich and vivid kaleidoscopic view of modern-day London through the diverse voices of those who, regardless of whether they love or hate it, capture the heart and soul of one of the world's greatest cities.
A Traveller's History of London
The story of London, from the Romans to Tony Blair, tailored to the traveler.
London's Triumph, Merchants, Adventurers, and Money in Shakespeare's City
Renowned historian Stephen Alford narrates the rise of England in the 16th century from the perspective of its capital city. At the start of the century, London was gloomy, medieval, and introverted, but as international trade routes widened, its visionaries, crooks, queens, and sailors ushered London onto the world stage.
Fodor's London's 25 Best
This slim guide to London (with handy full-color maps) has everything you need to know for a short visit to the city, including recommended sightseeing, restaurants, hotels and shops.
Three Men in a Boat and Three Men on the Bummel
Written in 1889, "Three Men in a Boat" (to say nothing of the dog!) is a laugh-out-loud account of a man-powered voyage along the River Thames, full of detail on life and lore. A Longitude favorite.
A novel rich in texture which tells the inner life of a high-society woman in post-WWII England. As Clarissa Dalloway prepares to host a party, she reminisces about a husband she was forced into choosing and delves into issues of mental illness, feminism and homosexuality. Named by Time magazine as one of the best English language novels of the 20th century.
Eyewitness Guide London
This superb guide to London features color photography, dozens of excellent neighborhood maps and a district-by-district synopsis of the city's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry.
A colorful and detailed laminated city map with a variety of useful inset maps. Scaled at: 1:15,000.
Globe, Life in Shakespeare's London
Guiding readers on a tour of London, this popular history follows the story of Shakespeare's own Globe Playhouse, which opened under the patronage of Queen Elizabeth I. Over many decades of triumph and tragedy, the landmark theater burned and was resurrected, keeping its founder alive in memory.
A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, 1599
A dramatic tale of a pivotal year in English history, the life of the bard and the Globe Theatre, resulting in Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It and, most likely, Hamlet.
The Ministry of Fear
A thriller set in London during the Blitz by the master of atmosphere and ambiguity.
The Age of Shakespeare
A remarkably concise, elegant overview of the world of Shakespeare in the Modern Library Chronicles series by the eminent British critic and scholar.
In a highly original pocket book, classicist and cultural historian Richard Jenkyns looks afresh at the celebrated church complex -- national cathedral, coronation church, royal mausoleum, burial place of poets, resting place of the great and of the Unknown Warrior, former home of parliament, place of Princess Diana's funeral.
84 Charing Cross Road
This charming novel of bibliophilia tells of a love triangle between a New York writer, the owner of a London bookstore and the books he sells.
London's Royal Parks
A history of the evolution of nine London parks from their days as private hunting land to monarchy acquisition to current status as a manicured public space. Divided into chapters by park, including Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Windsor Great Park and St. James’s Park.
Worlds Elsewhere, Journeys Around Shakespeare's Globe
Broadcaster Andrew Dickson explains how Shakespeare became (and remains) "the world's favorite writer" as he travels to China, Germany, India, South Africa and the fictional worlds of the plays themselves.
This is a great way to experience what has been called "the city with the greatest literary tradition in the world" from the Baker Street residence of Sherlock Holmes to Charles Dickens's treacherous River Thames.