This book introduces readers to a different side of London than the one they may already know, revealing a city full of curiosities and peculiarities, stories that have largely been left untold, and features that go unnoticed. Objects that are passed everyday without a second glance come alive in this little guide for both the visitor or the most seasoned Londoner; the statue of Charles I at Charing Cross which was melted down by a blacksmith after his execution - or was it? Or the Aldgate Pump with its strange tasting water - where did it come from originally? Around every corner in London there is a history to be told, and John Wittich guides us through hundreds of London curiosities, arranged in chapters which make interesting walks for exploring certain parts of London.
Table of Contents
1. Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens 2. Green Park and St. James' Park 3. From Chelsea to Westminster 4. The South Bank and Victoria Embarkment 5. The City's Riverside 6. Lawyer's London 7. Enclosed by a City Wall 8. City Churches: East of St. Paul's Cathedral 9. City Churches: City Centre 10. City Churches: Around St. Paul's 11. Inns and their Curiosities 12. Curiosities of Docklands Index