In 2014, we reviewed Little London which was co-written by Kate Hodges which we believed is a wonderful book , full of insightful information to enable adults and children to get the most out of the numerous attractions of London. This book, London in an Hour by Kate Hodges, in many ways follows the format of Little London by offering 120 bite-size ideas for things to do and places to visit in London in under an hour.
The author states ” Londoners are busy people…. It’s time to reclaim a few minutes for yourself, and use them to remind yourself that London is a city packed with exciting mini-adventures.” In pursuit of these mini-adventures, the book offers ten sections, each section brings numerous suggestions that provide a multitude of options to allow people to make full use of their time.
The first section is An Hour for Culture which provides plenty of diverting suggestions for things to do within the cultural world of the capital. London museums and galleries caters for busy people with a number of small exhibitions that can easily be seen within a lunch hour. Other suggestions include lunchtime concerts and talks on a wide range of subjects.
The next section, An Hour to Eat and Drink provides ideas for a mini cuisine adventure for a breakfast, lunch or an hour after work. London is at the forefront of the latest drinks and foodie trends and suggestions include Gin at the City of London Distillery, a walk along craft beer mile, tea at Twinings on the Strand and top ten for happy hours and take-away fish and chips.
In a crowded London, finding peace and quiet is at a premium and the section entitled An Hour of Inner Peace helps readers to find those quiet corners around the city. Parks and gardens dominate this section with Postman’s Park, Regents Park, SOAS Japanese Roof Garden and Lincoln’s Inn Fields receiving honourable mentions. A list of bookshops and some religious establishments provide some other refuges of peace.
For those who like a more active approach, An Hour to Buy a Gift offers shopping options, An Hour to see the Sights for the curious wanderer, An Hour to get Creative for the those who want to use their artistic skills and if you want to leave your stuffy office, there is a section entitled An Hour Outdoors.
In a city with many temptations, the book offers An Hour for Yourself, An Hour in the Morning and An Hour for Something Special.
London in an Hour is one of those useful books to put into your bag and use to explore some of the many attractions of London. The author uses her considerable insider knowledge of the capital to provide the reader with useful and insightful information.
London in an Hour is an interesting book, well designed and full of attractive photographs that acknowledges that in an increasingly hectic modern urban life, the ability to use your time effectively enables people to make the most out of their time in London.
Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended
If you want further information or to buy a copy, visit the Penguin website here
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