This unique London guidebook opens the doors to more than sixty of the capital's most intriguing places, all visitable but not widely known. From museums of the unusual, places of worship, palaces of entertainment to some of the most historic and ornate shops, houses and hostelries in the city, take a trip through the capital's hidden treasure and discover a picture of a London which is strange, gaudy, grand and inventive. Describing the history and the character of each place, the book uncovers a wealth of stories about an endlessly fascinating world city with its own unique character. This fresh edition for 2018 includes over a dozen new locations, including the Dennis Severs House, Les Ambassadeurs Casino and Sir John Soane's Museum.Introduction Cleopatra's Needle St Pancras Renaissance Hotel Isabella Plantation Leake Street Historical Homes Syon House Charles Dickens Museum Apsley House Eltham Palace Leighton House Two Temple Place Kew Palace and The Royal Botanical Gardens Freud's House Kenwood House Dennis Severs House Handel & Hendrix HouseDrinking and Dining Beefeater Distillery Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Bibendum L. Manze Smeathfield Meat Market The Ivy The Black Friar Berry Bros. & RuddPalaces of Entertainment The Rivoli Ballroom Wilton's Music Hall Normansfield Theatre Wigmore Hall Gala Bingo Club Repton Park Pool The Royal Automobile Club Les Ambassadeurs Places of Worship Westminster Cathedral London Peace Pagoda Masonic Temple at Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel St Bartholomew the Great St Mary-le-Bow Shri Sanatan Hindu Mandir Remarkable Shops LassCo Salvage L. Cornelissen & Son Lock & Co. Hatters Steinway & Sons James Smith & Sons John Lobb Ltd Education and Technology The Charterhouse Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret The Ragged School Museum London Museum of Water and Steam Royal Institution of Great Britain Rail Mail Inns of Court The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple The Temple Church Unusual Museums The RAF Museum Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms HMS Belfast The Monument Wimbledon Windmill Design Museum Sir John Soane's Museum
Praise for Peter Dazeley and Mark Daly's previous book Unseen London:
'A thrilling tour behind the closed doors of the capital city's buildings.' Daily Telegraph
'Dazeley captures the atmosphere of each building to perfection.' Daily Express
'Fascinating.' Fabric magazine
'A joy' Evening Standard
Peter Dazeley FRPS, known as Dazeley, is a celebrated London photographer renowned for fine art and advertising photography. He was born in West Kensington and studied photography at Holland Park School, now known as the Socialist Eton. Being dyslexic he left school at 15 without any formal qualifications. He feels his dyslexia is an asset because it gives him the ability to look at problems and objectives from a different point of view; he is a meticulous planner and imaginative problem solver. "Making the ordinary look extraordinary is Dazeley's gift,” says Sarah Ryder Richardson, who represents Dazeley in the UK. His work has won many awards from organisations across the world, including the Association of Photographers and the Royal Photographic Society in the UK, EPICA in France, Applied Arts Magazine in Canada, and Graphis Inc. in the USA . Dazeley is one of the few modern photographers whose fine art work is produced as platinum prints and is currently working on several fine art projects out of his own studio complex in Chelsea, London. Dazeley became a member of the Association of Photographers in 1977 and became a life member in 1984. In June 2013 he was awarded a Fellowship by the Royal Photographic Society. Fellowship is the highest distinction of the RPS and recognizes original work and outstanding ability. He is married and has a daughter and a son; they live in Coombe Hill, Surrey.
Mark Daly is a writer and publisher with a longstanding interest in secret and little-known aspects of London. He has also devised a number of walking tours of unseen London. He lives in South Nutfield, Surrey.