aa4There is no shortage of travel tips when visiting a great city like London. You can find travel books on topics very specific – like the hidden gardens of London, or the street market of London, or even more obscure. And of course there is the internet which has all manner of tips (mostly dodgy) for the traveler. But there still is nothing better than a good old hardback travel guide. Released just in time to coincide with my current visit to London is the very fine London Precincts – A Curated Guide to the City’s Best Shops, Eateries, Bars and Other Hangouts by Fiona McCarthy – and it is fantastic.

About London Precincts by Fiona McCarthy: “London is one of the world’s greatest cities. It’s iconic and dynamic; a vibrant city where the past and present meet in an explosion of art and culture. It’s also a city that is constantly on the move. From its earliest explorers, London has never been afraid to venture to new worlds and discover new and wonderful things. This hasn’t changed through the centuries. London continues to create and innovate with cutting edge ideas, especially in its food scene where you can literally taste the world from its diverse offerings, or even be transported to another world completely! Likewise with London’s libations. Pubs are the beating heart of London and there’s practically one on every corner (kind of like churches in Rome). But the beverages on offer would make any heart beat faster. And once you’re full of good food and wine, it’s time to hit the shops and enter another stratosphere altogether. Oliver Twist’s immortal question has never been more resonant, because you’ll definitely want to have more of London!”

I don’t spend a ton of my time at pubs and eateries – or indeed even shopping – but a guide like this make me very aware of exactly how awesome the city I already adore is.

London Precincts by Fiona McCarthy is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.