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Neighborhood specialists display London's cultural historical past, state of the art smooth sights, popular eating places, and unbeatable nightlife. complete colour. 20 maps.

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London’s belle époque was marked with the introduction of the first motorised buses, which replaced the horse-drawn versions that had plodded their trade since 1829, and a touch of glamour came in the form of luxury hotels such as the Ritz in 1906 and department stores such as Selfridges in 1909. The Olympics were held at White City Stadium in 1908 – a rather different spectacle to those planned for just over a century later. The stadium was demolished in 1985 to make way for a new British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) building.

The face of the medieval city was transformed: much of the land requisitioned for hunting later became Hyde, Regent’s and Richmond Parks, while many of the religious houses disappeared, leaving only their names in particular areas, such as Whitefriars and Blackfriars (after the colour of the monks’ habits). Despite his penchant for settling differences with the axe (two of his six wives and Wolsey’s replacement as lord chancellor, Thomas More, were beheaded) and his persecution of both Catholics and fellow Protestants who didn’t toe the line, Henry VIII remained a popular monarch until his death in 1547.

Contents The Authors Getting Started Background Neighbourhoods Shopping Eating Drinking Nightlife The Arts Sports & Activities Gay & Lesbian London Sleeping Excursions Transport Directory Behind the Scenes Map Legend Return to beginning of chapter The Authors Tom Masters Tom has lived, studied and worked in London for over a decade, calling both Stoke Newington and Clerkenwell home in the past five years, before that being geographically scattered all over the city. Despite now residing in Berlin, London will always be home, and it was a great pleasure coming back home and seeing the capital from the perspective of a visitor for this update in 2009.

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