City Breaks

London Episode 25 Diarists and Travel Writers

August 11, 2021

A selection of readings from diarists who have written about London across the centuries and from travel writers who came to visit.  Everything from eye witness accounts of the Fire of London and an assassination attempt on Queen Victoria, to those who hated the London fog and pickpockets and those who admired it as a city full of 'all that life has to offer'.
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Reading ideas
The Diary of John Evelyn
The Diary of Samuel Pepys
The Life of Samuel Johnson by James Boswell
The Blue Guide Literary Companion to London
City Lit London by Heather Reyes
London: An Illustrated Literary Companion by Rosemary Gray
A London Year by Travis Elborough and Nick Rennison 
The Traveller's Year by Travis Elborough and Nick Rennison 

City Breaks: all the history and culture you'd research for yourself if you had the time!
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