I have found the DK books to be the best. I have purchased one for every country I have ever visited. They are well illustrated and have lots of photographs to help you remember your trip. The maps are excellent as well. They even allow you to take a peek at the book online
Yes yes yes, brilliant.
Really really informative, gives you a great sense of the history of some places / things that often get overlooked. A lot of what he says about the "feeling" of London really rang true with me. Not really a guide book by any stretch of the imagination, but fantastic background reading, and it points out a few little bits here and there that you might not otherwise know about.
sorry Vicki, my last post was replying to Luv2.
I own Ackroyd's book; while I haven't read it through, I have dipped into it on numerous occasions. It sits on the shelf beside Roy Porter's "London: a Social History", also worth reading.
Bojangles - If you are looking for a guidebook...DK has this one
Then the other is a picture book which can also be used as a guide book ... then eventually a souvenir. I learned a lot from these books before I ever set foot in any of the countries that I visited. Before I went to London, I knew exactly where I wanted to stay, the places I wanted to visit and all the information that I needed to know about all of these places. As well, I found the maps extremely useful.
I have read a few of the DK books. I love them when I first start looking at a place, to get an idea of the different areas, what's there, etc.
But when it comes to using it as a guidebook, I find them lacking. The details are vague, and maps aren't detailed enough.
The pictures are great, though!
luv2travel, unless I've badly misunderstood things, bojangles isn't looking for a guide book, just pointing out that "London - the Biography" is a really good book about London...
I think that you are right. Thanks so much for correcting me.