11. TOUR LONDON WITH THE EXPERTS
Put one of these three new city guides on your pre-christmas wishlist London Uncovered: Sixty Unusual Places to Explore by Mark Daly and Peter Dazeley (Frances Lincoln, £30) is an excellent book for those of us who can’t see for looking. Even lifelong Londoners will be amazed at what has been in front of their noses all along – from subterranean libraries to quirky museums. East London Food by Rosie Birkett and Helen Cathcart (Hoxton Mini Press, £26) proves there’s more to Hackney’s food and drink scene than trendy lattes. London Precincts (Hardie Grant, £17.99) is a vibrantly illustrated bible for newcomers to London, by Fiona Mccarthy. It takes readers round the metropolis neighbourhood by neighbourhood, pointing out must-visit markets and the odd surprise, such as Mandarin Oriental’s bargain burgers.