A Capital History
This wide-ranging and extensively illustrated survey explores every aspect of London’s politics, not only in its position as the capital of the nation, seat of the monarchy and home of Parliament, but in all its diversity. Richard Tames charts the development of the city’s often contentious local government, its long-standing function as a magnet for exiled revolutionaries, and its role as an arena of conflict for strikers, suffragettes, Fenians and fascists.
A Taste of History
The Stock Exchange began in a London coffee house, as did Lloyds; fish and chips was invented in Victorian London; and Fortnum and Mason supplied Florence Nightingale in the Crimea and Parry's expedition to find the North-West Passage as well as innumerable aristocratic picnics. This history of London's food is full of such milestones and outstanding personalities, described in chapters on how London has been provisioned, its markets, shops and restaurants, foreign imports and the eating habits of Londoners.
An Armchair Traveller's History of Cambridge
Cambridge is both a small East Anglian town and, thanks to its university, a world city. Illustrated with drawings by John Holder, this guide charts its history, describes its architectural riches and explains its curious traditions. Between each chapter an 'interlude' explores an aspect of Cambridge life: its gardens, gastronomy, music and theatricals. Details of the town's many museums are provided, along with suggestions for visits within a short driving distance.