London is one of the world's greatest cities. It's iconic and dynamic; a vibrant city where the past and present meet in an explosion of art and culture. It's also a city that is constantly on the move. From its earliest explorers, London has never been afraid to venture to new worlds and discover new and wonderful things. This hasn't changed through the centuries. London continues to create and innovate with cutting edge ideas, especially in its food scene where you can literally taste the world from its diverse offerings, or even be transported to another world completely! Likewise with London's libations. Pubs are the beating heart of London and there's practically one on every corner (kind of like churches in Rome). But the beverages on offer would make any heart beat faster. And once you're full of good food and wine, it's time to hit the shops and enter another stratosphere altogether. Oliver Twist's immortal question has never been more resonant, because you'll definitely want to have more of London! This book features the best eating, drinking and shopping across 18 London precincts, including Covent Garden, King's Cross, Soho and Piccadilly.
Precinct maps make this a handy and useful guidebook, while the hardback cover creates a beautiful keepsake. London Precincts is the 6th book in Hardie Grant Travel's Precinct series, which has been shortlisted for the 1010 Printing Best Designed Series (Including Classics) award in the 2016 Australian Book Design Awards. The winners will be announced on Friday 13 May in Melbourne.
Journalist and contributing editor Fiona McCarthy has been based in London since leaving her native Perth in 1993. With a keen passion for seeking out unusual and intriguing places - particularly those off the beaten track - and a love of telling people's stories, for almost two decades Fiona has written on fashion, beauty, design, interiors, food and travel for all the major British newspapers (including The Mail on Sunday's YOU magazine, Stella and Telegraph magazines, and Sunday Times Style) and for the lifestyle glossies (including LivingEtc, Elle Decoration, Red Magazine and Good Housekeeping). Fiona has had been the London Editor for Vogue Living and a regular contributor to The Australian's WISH magazine. She has also co-authored A Living Space and Every Room Tells A Story with interior designer and hotelier Kit Kemp.