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Book Review – Make My Day : London ( Lonely Planet Publications)

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Lonely Planet  published a new series of travel guides in April, called Make My Day, the series launches with six guides (Barcelona, London, New York, Paris, San Francisco and Tokyo), with six more planned for later in the year.

Lonely Planet is one of the world leaders in travel guides and the Make My Day: London  guide is an addition to their other London guides. However this guide has a quite unique format that allows the visitor to mix and match your itinerary for the day. The spiral-bound guide is divided into three sections with options for morning, afternoon and evening activities, the reader then flips though the pages to build a customised day itinerary. With over 2000 itinerary combinations, there is plenty of choice available to suit all tastes.

Lonely Planet having a wide knowledge of London and utilise this insider information to select the city’s must-see sights and experiences. Each attraction has a short description, a full colour image, restaurants and cafes close to your chosen destinations and a small map and transport planner that help you get your bearings and navigate between sights. One of the options may be a morning at the British Museum, spend the afternoon at Tate Modern before enjoying a West End show in the evening. However the guide puts the reader in control to build an itinerary to their particular interests.

The second part of the guide is small snapshots of essential need-to-know information about transport, shopping and general information. Finally there is a free, convenient pull-out London map.

This innovative approach to travel guides is probably targeted  to visitors who may only have limited time to explore the many delights of London. However the guide offers a considerable amount of choice in a small portable form that is easy to slip in your pocket. Online guides are challenging the dominance of print guides, this guide has been designed to reflect that an increasing number of visitors  want quick, visual information instantly. An added bonus to customers who buy the book is that they will be able to access the corresponding in-app content for free.

If you like to spend lots of time pre-planning your itinerary, the other Lonely Planet London guides are probably better suited to your needs, but if you have limited time in London, this guide gives you all the relevant information to make the most of your stay. The informative and accessible format of the guide is an easy and fun way to plan your day.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

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Since our launch , we have attracted thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
There are also hundreds of links to interesting articles on our blog.
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Book Review : Discover London by Lonely Planet

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It may be over 40 years since Tony and Maureen Wheeler wrote their first Lonely Planet Guide , but the brand shows little sign of relinquishing its top spot as the Number One Travel Guides. However recent changes at the company have suggested a move away  from a traditional book publisher to a multi-platform brand.

What ever the future is for Lonely Planet, one of their recent publications, Discover London perhaps shows signs of  a snappier style with more photographs and more colourful format.

The first part of the guide is a quick introduction followed  by  London Highlights section which include all the usual attractions but also some less well known  like the Royal Court Theatre or the 606 club.

Once the highlights are completed , there comes advice on what is the best ways to see them with a series of itinerary  suggestions called Top days in London.

A month by month guide to London main events is followed by What’s New , Get Inspired and Need to Know.

The next section divides London into areas and offer a comprehensive account of each area related to its particular character, places to visit and decent eating and drinking places. One of the best features  of Lonely Planet guides is that they generally provide the information that most people are looking for and don’t get bogged down in information which might be interesting but is unnecessary for the traveller on a limited stay.

The areas are interesting because I suspect if we were looking at a guide even ten years ago  it would have included  the West End ,the City, the South Bank, Kensington, Hyde Park, Hampstead, North London and Greenwich ,  but Clerkenwell, Hoxton, Spitalfields, the East End and Docklands sections would have been very short or non existent., The rise of East London especially based around the 2012 Olympics is one of the major stories of London’s recent past.

It is some of these recent developments in London  that get discussed generally within the In Focus section with regards to Architecture, Literature, The Arts, Shopping, Food and Drink amongst others. This section is important to consider the trends and fashions of a fast moving London but which are usually paying homage to London’s past.

Finally we have the famous Survival Guides section which gives you all that local information you need to make your stay as hassle free as possible.

In a fast moving city it is increasingly difficult for guide books to be up to date on certain aspects , therefore listings of Hotels, restaurants and clubs are far shorter than perhaps they once would have been, but this is probably one area that online information will win out over guide books.

Tony Wheeler when he was co creating Lonely Planet believed a great guidebook  should do three things: inform, educate and amuse.

Discover London follows that noble Lonely Planet tradition with  a great selection of maps ,photos and nuggets of  information.  It is  a well written , knowledgeable and informative guide book  that follows a long  tradition of  Lonely Planet guidebooks being written by local writers who want to share their love for their city but have the honesty to mention some of the negative sides of London life.

 Visiting London Guide – Highly Recommended

 For more informati0n and to buy a copy of the book, visit the Lonely Planet website here

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch in January, we attract thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.

We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
There are also hundreds of links to interesting articles on our blog.
To find out more visit the website here