In a similar vein, Indagare has recently introduced its own Mapped Out series -- the editions on London and Paris are for families while Rome, Venice, and Vienna, are just for adults. These are all in keeping with the high standards members and fans of Indagare have come to expect, and they combine some of the obvious sites with distinctive, lesser-known suggestions. You can purchase the whole series for $55 or each is available individually for $12.95.
Moving along,I should mention that for this particular trip, I only consulted one traditional guidebook (Fodor's London) as I've been to London twice before and I didn't feel I was in great need of that kind of a resource; rather, I wanted more specific, focused books, like these:
This is the book that's a compilation of walks offered by the excellent urban walking tour company (the world's oldest), London Walks. More about the book and the company to follow in an upcoming post!
Different from London Stories, this National Geographic Traveler guide of walks was also quite helpful and good.
The Traditional Shops and Restaurants of London is an interesting and wonderful little guide that steered me to some shops and places to eat I would otherwise have missed. Author Eugenia Bell also revealed lots of new details about places I already knew about. Really wonderful.
The Louis Vuitton European Cities boxed set of books, published annually every Fall, routinely includes London in its assortment, and the 2012 edition was, as always, enlightening, succinct, and wonderful. I'm not including an image here, sorry, because those I found featured the entire boxed set and not one of the individual book I used. But I have found this set to be invaluable year after year. The individual volumes are not sold separately, however -- you have to buy the whole set -- and there seems to be a rather small-ish print run so if you're interested in buying one you have to act quickly.
And for my companion reading, I really enjoyed -- and highly recommend -- the following:
...and this is a typical type of research list for me, no matter where I'm going. If you've read my books you know that I am a huge proponent of James Pope-Hennessy's book Aspects of Provence, in which he writes, "if one is to get best value out of places visited, some skeletal knowledge of their history if necessary...Sight-seeing is by no means the only object of a journey, but it is as unintelligent as it is lazy not to equip ourselves to understand the sights we see." More London (and Cotswolds) notes to follow!