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London for Lovers: Romantic Days and Nights Out in the City

Hodges, Sam & . Square Peg. Aug. 2015. 272p. photos. maps. index. ISBN 9780224095525. pap. $29.99. TRAV
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Here is a handy, compact guidebook with a romantic twist. Londoners and recently engaged couple Hodges and Vickers have gathered together ideas for days out, lazy afternoons, and memorable evenings around London. Organized in categories such as "Learned London," "Lost London," or "Late-Night London," these suggestions will send couples off to a minibar crawl in Islington, the Love Shack on Eel-Pie Island, walks in secret gardens, people-watching in Brixton, or the steamy Porchester Spa. Brunch spots, cafés, and pubs are noted for foodies and hungry shoppers, and picnickers will find suggestions for stocking their baskets with Primrose Hill Bakery cupcakes and St. John Bakery Eccles cakes. A list of vintage suppliers will lure Anglophiles and those seeking the unusual, from quills to pints of sarsaparilla. This guide is nicely illustrated and highlights activities and hidden treasures all around the city. The romantic theme is enhanced by historical details and scandalous stories.
VERDICT Visitors and those scrambling to impress a date will welcome these suggestions and even Londoners will discover here new romantic outings.

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