GREAT HOUSES OF LONDON
By James Stourton. Francis Lincoln Ltd., 2012. 328 pp., $65
Not that these sumptuous (and mostly unknown) English houses are anything like my own former summer cottage . . . but still, I find inspiration in London houses that survive as embassies, billionaires’ residences, remade offices, museums, and clubs. See eccentric riches behind the sober façades of more than 40 houses, ranging from a medieval palace to the quirky Arts & Crafts houses of Holland Park and Kensington.