Even the most devoted Anglophile will learn something new from these four hundred fun and wide-ranging trivia questions about London's history, monuments, architecture, famous residents, place-names, notable events, and more. A delightful way to explore the city on foot or via armchair, this fun book is a perfect stocking filler, with history ranging from obscure lore to facts and fascinating, often humorous histories.
Here's a sample:
Where is the only cross-eyed statue in London and who does it depict?
a) Next to the Royal Exchange in the City of London; George Peabody, the nineteenth-century American-born philanthropist
b) At the point where Fetter Lane and New Fetter Lane converge; John Wilkes, the eighteenth-century politician
c) Islington Green; Sir Hugh Myddleton, the seventeenth-century entrepreneur
Answer: b) John Wilkes really did have a severe squint, as reproduced in the statue, but despite his looks, he was a legendary and eloquent womanizer who once said that, when meeting an attractive woman, it took him only ten minutes "to talk away his face."
Another useful way to while away an hour (or at least until the water gets cold). - Ham & High
Binding: Paperback, 248 pages ISBN: 9781892145871 Format: 165mm x 102mm