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The True Crime Lover's Guide to London (Paperback)

P&S History > British History P&S History > Social History P&S History > True Crime World History > UK & Ireland > England > London

By Brian Billington, Charlotte Booth
Imprint: White Owl
Series: City Guides
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781399031264
Published: 30th August 2024


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London has a long and fascinating history which has not always been pleasant; it has been peppered with murderers, shoplifters, smugglers, prostitutes, grave robbers and highwaymen.

Learn about the darker side of the history of this great city through the buildings and sites on London streets which remain standing to tell the story.

Do you want to know where Ronnie Kray shot George Cornell? Do you want to pay your respects to the victims of Jack the Ripper? Do you want to know what went on behind the doors of the most discreet hotel in London? You will find these locations to visit, and many more within these pages.

This guide will take you on a journey visiting 299 sites covering the history of more than 60 crimes (or crime sprees) which took place over nearly 1,000 years of London’s criminal past. Visit where heists were planned, murders were carried out, bodies were dumped and criminals were punished.

You can follow the pre-set tours which includes a murder site tour, pub crawl and a cemetery tour or you can create a bespoke tour depending on where you happen to be in this great city. But rest assured, you will start to wonder what went on behind every closed door you see.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Anyone who is interested in true crime will find this book to be a treat. Pick your crime, pick your neighborhood, and explore London. Each entry gives just enough detail to whet the interest of the reader and make them want to visit the scene of the crime.

NetGalley, Leila Kytta

This book has a lot of interesting info on many sites and stories about crime in London. It provides addresses for easy locating using online maps. Lots of history and pictures of some sites that are still standing.

NetGalley, Valerie Shampine

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I found this to be a very interesting, if not a bit morbid book about the various crimes committed in London a long time ago. There is also pre-set tours that can be followed upon a visit to London. Beautifully photographed.

NetGalley, Melissa Borsey

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is a fantastic travel resource for any true crime aficionado who wants to set their own pace and tour of some of London's most recognised, reviled and revered historical true crime locations. It's set up in two useful ways - in the first half of the book you can find locations summarised based on the types of crimes that were committed (theft, murder, treason, etc.) and how each particular site is linked. You'll find there's plenty of overlap for certain sites like jails, cemeteries, pubs, churches and courthouses. Plus, actual address info with postal codes is also included to help with personal GPS navigation. The second half of the book has everything divided into sections of the city for themed DIY tours, where to find the true crime museums, heck there's even a DIY pub crawl of some of the more notorious taverns and gin palaces.

Throughout the guide there are plenty of photos provided, which are mostly courtesy of the authors themselves. Many of these infamous sites no longer have the original buildings at said locations - many having been demolished or refurbished over the intervening years - so the photos of current businesses, flats, stations and parks will help immensely with navigation. I really enjoyed the photos, as well as all the fascinating tidbits of history and little-known facts that are sprinkled throughout the whole guide.

Being a hardcore Anglophile and true crime aficionado myself, whenever I take my next trip to London I will certainly be making sure that this handy dandy travel guide is stowed safely in my suitcase!

NetGalley, Shireen Sasani

Whatever the crime, murder, robbery, serial killers, prostitution, execution sites, treason, and much more, there are places in London to visit. They even have cemetery tours and pub crawls. London certainly has their fair share of crime and criminals. I really liked this book.

NetGalley, Sheila Treacy

About Brian Billington

Over the years Brian Billington and Charlotte Booth have created personal movie location tours including Wells, Turin and London, and decided it was time to share this with others.
Brian Billington is an IT professional, amateur photographer, a lover of movies and working out locations. The Movie Lover’s Guide to London is the first collaboration between Brian and Charlotte Booth, but it has been a long time in the making.

About Charlotte Booth

Charlotte Booth is a freelance writer with a PhD in Egyptology. She has had numerous books and articles published on all aspects of Egyptology and lives in Wiltshire with her partner, her Bengal cat and the escapologist hamster.

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