Almost everybody knows Big Ben, the British Museum, Buckingham Palace, and the Tower Bridge. But the secret London which shapes the flair of the capital of the British Empire more than anything else is getting harder and harder to find. This guide elucidates unknown aspects of well-known places, but also explores the London unknown to foreigners and, in part, to natives, and its unique stories. Such as bars with noble origins going back for centuries; listed concrete fortresses; 300 year-old wine shops and synagogues; mosques and Buddhist temples; a tree planted in 1802, the lowest mighty branches of which are no higher than your head; a medieval cemetery for pariahs; a street lantern which has been lit for more than 100 years; the monument to 10,000 Jewish children saved from the Nazis, and one for the Great Fire of 1666; the police den on Trafalgar Square; legal and illegal street art; a crypt in which skulls and bones are arranged in a checkerboard pattern; or the secluded place where Paul McCartney concealed his firm. Unknown London from the Middle Ages until today - brand new.
* Fully illustrated with more than 250 color photographs and 33 maps* Part of the international 111 Places/111 Shops series with over 150 titles and 1 million copies in print worldwide Experience the less explored nooks and pockets of Britain's capital through the eyes of a passionate local. With its labyrinth of characterful streets and alleys, charming squares, open green spaces, monuments and museums, public artworks, bustling markets, and tempting boutiques and restaurants, London is a walker's paradise. Whether you're a first time visitor or longtime local, the city offers endless surprises - fascinating sights and stories, both ancient and modern, hidden in plain view. London insider and native Nicola Perry leads you away from the famed attractions on 33 strolls through the city's most interesting enclaves, sharing entertaining insights, historical anecdotes, and engaging tips at every cobblestoned turn. Each walk burrows its way into the heart of a neighborhood, crafting and curating a path that reveals its individual essence and personality.
The ultimate coffee-lover's guide to London Features London's most interesting and unusual coffee shops from neighborhood cafes to third-wave espresso bars 80% of Londoners drink coffee every day! 800,000 Brits visit a coffee shop at least 4 times a week! Part of the international 111 Places/111 Shops series with over 150 titles and 1 million copies in print worldwide Fully illustrated with 111 full-page color photographsGet your espresso fix in a gentlemen's toilet. Sip a cappuccino in a cafe-cum-upholstery shop. Scoop up a vintage Hermes scarf while you wait for your macchiato. London's new and adventurous coffee culture is full of exotic surprises and unexpected entertainments. Coffee enthusiasts in search of the best brew in town are being spoiled by baristas who have turned coffee-making into an art form; many cafes today roast their own beans, combine coffee with art, music, and literature, sell equipment for home brewing, or can be found in unusual locations such as lavatories and barber shops. This modern guidebook takes you on a caffeinated journey to the capital's hippest, tastiest, and most unusual coffee shops. Also available: 111 Places in London That You Shouldn't MissISBN 9783954513468 111 Shops in London That You Shouldn't Miss ISBN 9783954513413"
* The ultimate insider's guide to the Lake District* Features interesting and unusual places not found in traditional travel guides* Part of the international 111 Places/111 Shops series with over 300 titles and 1.8 million copies in print worldwide* Appeals to both the local market (over 41,000 people call the Lake District home) and the tourist market (more than 18 million people visit the Lake District every year!)* Fully illustrated with 111 full-page color photographsThe Lake District delights its visitors with a series of superlatives: England's largest national park, highest mountain, deepest lakes and now a new World Heritage status. One of Britain's best-loved and most visited locations unveils its secrets. This unusual guidebook explores 111 of the area's most interesting places, it leaves the well-trodden paths to find the unknown: marvel at a stained glass window which inspired the American flag, let others flock to Hill Top while you explore Beatrix Potter's holiday home, walk through ancient forest to talk to fairies and swim with immortal fish. Pause to wonder at a stunning lake where a President proposed, view a constellation of stars like nowhere else, find out why exotic spices are used in local cuisine.
The ultimate insider's guide to Hong Kong Features interesting and unusual places not found in traditional travel guides . From zero to hundred in 175 years - no other metropolis has as compressed and chequered a history as Hong Kong, with its striking and seamless blend of eastern and western cultures. Famous for its cosmopolitan nightlife, cutting-edge fashion, culinary sophistication, and entertainment, Hong Kong also conceals a trove of lesser-known and unpredictable experiences. More than 260 islands and country parks as far as the eye can see ... who would expect such breathtaking natural beauty in one of the most densely populated cities on Earth? Step off the beaten path to explore Hong Kong's hidden heart. Discover what compels locals to stand in a line that snakes around the corner every morning at 4:30am, and from which 'Great Wall of China' you will find a wonderful view over the South China Sea. Learn what gas lanterns have to do with the bubonic plague, and visit a place where 1,000,000 HK$ for a golf cart seems like a bargain. From secluded beaches to wishing trees, prepare to be surprised, delighted, and amazed. Entdecken Sie versteckte Orte und Geschichten abseits der bekannten Pfade, die den wahren Charakter Hongkongs enthüllen. Von null auf hundert in 175 Jahren - keine andere Metropole hat eine so komprimierte und bewegte Geschichte, in keiner anderen Metropole vereinen sich östliche und westliche Kultur so eindrucksvoll und harmonisch wie in Hongkong. Berühmt für das Nachtleben, die innovative Mode, die kulinarische Raffinesse und das Entertainment, hält Hongkong auch weitere weniger bekannte und unvorhersehbare Erlebnisse bereit. Erkunden Sie Hongkongs verstecktes Herz abseits der touristischen Pfade. Finden Sie heraus, was die Anwohner dazu bringt, sich in einer Schlange anzustellen, die jeden Morgen schon um 4.30 Uhr um ganze Häuserecken reicht. Kathrin Bielfeldt is a translator and copywriter. During a backpacking tour through Hong Kong and China 1990, she lost her heart to the country, its people, and their culture. Life took her around the world, but Hong Kong remains, for her, the most beautiful city on Earth. Kathrin Bielfeldt is a translator and copywriter. During a backpacking tour through Hong Kong and China 1990, she lost her heart to the country, its people, and their culture. Life took her around the world, but Hong Kong remains, for her, the most beautiful city on Earth. Raymond Wong is a native of Hong Kong. He is a successful author of travel guides, a ghostwriter, and a columnist. Raymond Wong ist ein geborener Hongkonger, erfolgreicher Ghostwriter, Autor von Reiseberichten und Kolumnist
What sort of curious place would give its shortest street the longest name? Or build a dazzling gold-lined dome - and hide it from view? The same mixed-up metropolis that was once the capital of England - and also birthplace of its most infamous terrorist... Even if you were the world's most imaginative storyteller, you couldn't make York up. The city is stranger than any fiction. But to find its oddities and secrets you'll need to step off the beaten tourist path and explore its footstreets and alleys, known locally as snickelways. Be warned, the journey might throw up a few dark moments, from the Bitchdaughter Tower to the spikes upon which traitors' heads were impaled. Yet you'll also encounter the traces of many local colourful characters, from an Oscar-winning actor to a dastardly plotter, from assorted stone cats to a rather rude ghost. You can browse the shops in the street that inspired Harry Potter's Diagon Alley and tour remarkable retailers like Duttons For Buttons and the Banana Warehouse, which sells pretty much everything - except bananas; or celebrate in the city that hosted Britain's first Christmas and is home to Ulph's Drinking Horn. With 2,000 years of history to discover, there is a surprise around every corner - if you know where to look... Welcher kuriose Ort gab der kürzesten Straße den längsten Namen? Wo feierte man das erste Weihnachtsfest Englands? Und wieso kann man im Banana Warehouse (fast) alles kaufen - nur keine Bananen? York ist seltsamer als jede Geschichte, die man sich ausdenken kann. Wenn Sie seine Kuriositäten und Geheimnisse entdecken wollen, müssen Sie sich abseits der Touristenpfade bewegen. Aber Achtung: Die Reise könnte ein wenig schaurig werden! Besuchen Sie den Bitchdaughter Turm. Oder die fähle, auf die die Köpfe von Verrätern gespießt wurden. Finden Sie die Spuren der vielen lokalen und schrägen Charaktere - vom Oscar-Preisträger über eine Reihe von Steinkatzen bis hin zu einem ziemlich ruppigen Gespenst. Chris Titley is an award-winning journalist and writer. During his time as features editor at the Yorkshire Evening Press he wrote a weekly column, two books, and a number of supplements on the history of York. Since turning freelance in 2006 he has written for the Guardian, the Times Educational Supplement and Yorkshire Life. Chris also researched and wrote the 50,000-word text for the History of York website on behalf of the city's Museums Trust, and a biography of the city's confectionery pioneer Joseph Rowntree. He is co-founder and editor of the online news magazine YorkMix. Chris Titley ist ein preisgekrönter Journalist und Schriftsteller. Während seiner Zeit als Feuilletonredakteur bei der Yorkshire Evening Press schrieb er eine wöchentliche Kolumne, zwei Bücher und eine Reihe von Aufsätzen über die Geschichte von York. Seit 2006 arbeitet er freiberuflich unter anderem für den Guardian, das Times Educational Supplement und Yorkshire Life. Er ist Mitbegründer und Herausgeber des Online-Nachrichtenmagazins YorkMix.
Liverpool's unique history as an international port and a cultural melting pot has given it a character all its own. The city has produced music that conquered the world and is home to more historic buildings than any other British metropolis outside London. It features two magnificant cathedrals and many world famous museums. But beyond it's renowned exterior, is a labryinth of places hidden and unknown. This deliciously offbeat guidebook will lead you to a different Liverpool: down tunnels, up skyscrapers, and into secret bars, speciality shops, and disused factories. You will see Balenciaga trainers and football trophies, rolling bridges and disappearing statues, Liver Birds and suitcases, extravagent cakes and cast-iron churchs. Explore Britain's first mosque. Wander a roof garden of wild flowers, where different species bloom each month of the year. Marvel at the world's most expensive book or largest brick building (27 million bricks!). Relax in a hip tea bar with over 50 varieties of tea (loose leaf, naturally); or visit a place where you can drink Dandelion and Burdock with your fish and chips. Think you know Liverpool? Think again! Whether you're a first-time tourist, a repeat visitor, or a longtime local, prepare to be charmed and surprised by 111 eccentric and unusual places you'd never expect to find in the city best known for football and the Fab Four. Liverpool ist einzigartig: Seine Geschichte, der internationale Hafen, die zahlreichen historischen Gebäude und die Musik, die von hier aus die Welt eroberte, geben der Stadt diesen ganz eigenen Charakter. Zwei prachtvolle Kathedralen und viele weltberühmte Museen runden das Bild ab. Aber hinter dieser Fassade gibt es ein Labyrinth von versteckten und unbekannten Orten. Dieses Buch führt Sie zu ihnen: unter die Stadt, auf einen Wolkenkratzer, in geheime Bars, in besondere Geschäfte und in stillgelegte Fabriken. Entdecken Sie rollende Brücken, hippe Tee-Bars und verschwundene Statuen. Julian Treuherz lebte in Manchester, bevor er nach Liverpool kam, um die Walker Art Gallery und die Lady Lever Art Gallery zu leiten. Er ist ein Experte für viktorianische Kunst und erhielt 2009 den Ehrendoktor der Universität Liverpool. Julian Treuherz is an adopted Scouser. He was born in Littleborough, Lancashire and worked in Manchester before coming to Liverpool to direct the Walker Art Gallery and the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight. An expert in Victorian art, he received an honorary degree from the University of Liverpool in 2009. Peter de Figueiredo ist in Liverpool geboren. Als Architekt hat er sich umfassend mit den Gebäuden der Stadt beschäftigt. Inzwischen hat er ein eigenes Beratungsbüro für historische Bebauung. Peter de Figueiredo's family has been in Liverpool for over 200 years. He trained as an architect before working for the city of Chester and for English Heritage. He has developed an unrivalled knowledge of the architecture of Liverpool and the North West, and now has his own consultancy as an adviser on historic buildings.
The ultimate insider's guide to Edinburgh features interesting and unusual places not found in traditional travel guides. Edinburgh is rightly celebrated for its famous historical and cultural attractions. But for the discerning visitor it has much more to offer away from the well-worn tourist trail. This book takes you to hidden corners and secret sights in this city of contrasts, exploring fascinating locations unknown even to most residents, and revealing unexpected aspects of some familiar local landmarks. Marvel at a unique underground temple hewn out of the living rock; learn how a world-famous illusionist came to be buried here - with his dog; find out why the city council once commissioned an enormous electric blanket; look out for the ordinary Edinburgh post box with an explosive history. Discover the human stories behind a wide range of places, both exceptional and commonplace, bringing to life the greatly varied cityscape where people have been leaving their mark for at least 5,000 years. Entdecken Sie versteckte Orte und Geschichten abseits der bekannten Pfade, die den wahren Charakter Edinburghs enthüllen. Edinburgh ist berühmt für seine historischen und kulturellen Sehenswürdigkeiten. Aber es hat abseits der ausgetretenen Touristenpfade noch viel mehr zu bieten. Dieses Buch führt Sie zu versteckten und geheimen Plätzen in dieser Stadt der Gegensätze, es zeigt faszinierende Orte, die selbst den meisten Edinburghern unbekannt sind, und enthüllt unerwartete Aspekte bekannter Wahrzeichen. Bestaunen Sie einen einzigartigen unterirdischen Tempel, der aus einem Felsen gehauen wurde. Erfahren Sie, wie ein weltberühmter Zauberer hier gemeinsam mit seinem Hund beerdigt wurde. Finden Sie heraus, warum der Stadtrat einst eine riesige Heizdecke in Auftrag gegeben hat. Oder halten Sie Ausschau nach einem gewöhnlichen Edinburgher Briefkasten, hinter dem eine explosive Geschichte steckt. Gillian Tait was born in Edinburgh, and studied at the University of Edinburgh and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She was employed for many years in the field of fine art conservation, and has written and edited several technical publications. More recently, she has been working as a researcher and editorial assistant, while continuing to indulge her passions for foreign travel and singing. She has lived in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town for the past 30 years. Gillian Tailt, geboren in Edinburgh, studierte an der »University of Edinburgh« und am »Courtauld Institute of Art in London«. Sie arbeitete einige Jahre im Bereich der Kunstrestauration und hat verschiedene technische Publikationen geschrieben und veröffentlicht. Zurzeit arbeitet sie im Bereich Recherche und Redaktionsassistenz, während sie ihren eigentlichen Leidenschaften, dem Reisen und Singen, nachgeht. Seit 30 Jahren lebt sie im Herzen von Edinburghs Altstadt.
*The ultimate insider's guide to Bath, fully illustrated with 200 color photographs*Features interesting and unusual places not found in traditional travel guides*Part of the international 111 Places/111 Shops series with over 170 titles and 1 million copies in print worldwide*Appeals to both the local market (280,000 people call Cambridge home) and the tourist market (over 5 million people visit Cambridge every year)What do movable dolls' eyes have to do with a Catholic church? Where could you meet Plain Bob Maximus and Surprise Major? Why does just one person know where Oliver Cromwell's head is buried? And where is a dog a very large cat? The answers to all these questions lie in Cambridge, which combines the magnificence of a medieval university with the dynamism of a high-technology hub. Tens of thousands of visitors flock to Cambridge every year to see the colleges, go punting on the river, and shop. But there is much more to Cambridge than its university and Silicon Fen. Over the centuries, town and gown together have transformed this city, which was an inland port until the 17th century. Eccentricity is something of a Cambridge tradition, and the town seems to delight in taking its visitors by surprise, whether that's with a huge metal time-eating grasshopper, May Balls held in June, sculptures that dive into the ground feet first, or a museum that makes a feature of broken pottery. You will find these and many more curiosities in this book.
*The ultimate insider's garden guide to London, fully illustrated with 111 full-page color photographs*Features interesting and unusual places not found in traditional travel guides*An extension of the international 111 Places/111 Shops series with over 170 titles and 1 million copies in print worldwide *Appeals to both the local market (nearly 8.5 million people call London home) and the tourist market (over 16.7 million people visit London every year)Which garden can you enter only if you are accompanied by children? Where can you find walrus bones, vampire stories and inspiration for red telephone boxes? And since when do you see skateboards and mobile phones in roman mosaics? London's gardens and parks form the green lung of the multimillion housing capital, but also its heart and soul. Londoners commemorate their beloveds on park benches, they volunteer to keep up community gardens and nature reserves, and they get upset when snails attack their favorite plant. The city's 400-plus green spaces are not only testament to the English love of gardening; they are also steeped in history. Kings hunted here, airships were built in London parks, and many famous Londoners are buried in graveyards-turned-gardens. Our guide leads the way into the unknown: dark corners of major parks, enchanted green paradises, and tiny gardens tucked away in rubbish skips or on the rooftops.