Secret London – An Unusual Guide

 

Secret London

Where can you find monsters in Trafalgar Square? Whatever happened to Bedlam? Where can you praise God, buy meatballs and have a sauna? What’s in the House of Dreams? To which secret society does Prince Charles belong? What’s the trick to instant weight loss?

Secret London, an unusual guide is the original and still the best of all the many alternative London guides: accept no imitation. Authors Rachel Howard and Bill Nash have prowled the city streets, seeking out the hidden, eccentric and overlooked. Now the definitive insider’s guide to London has been fully updated, with over 40 new entries and a brand new look.

Far from the crowds and the usual clichés, London still reserves any number of hidden treasures for those who know how to wander off the beaten track.

“The best guide to alternative London ever. An essential purchase” (The Londonist.com)

“A fascinating London guidebook. Simply brilliant” (The travel editor.com)

“The most interesting guidebook I have had the chance to pick up in years” (Globalista)

“An insider’s look at some of London’s best-kept little secrets” (MSN Travel)

 “A wonderful book” (Glen Baxter)

384 pages – ISBN: 978-2-36195-110-8 – 17,90 €

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Secret London – Unusual Bars & Restaurants

Discover a secret club frozen in time since 1946, press the champagne button to summon the bubbly trolley to your booth, read the infamous list of house rules of a members’ club hidden behind a door with no sign outside, join a louche club in the original dressing and rehearsal rooms of a theatre, sweet-talk your way into a secret bar frequented by the Pogues and John Lydon, find a guide who’ll squeeze you into an intriguing slice of Soho history that’s only accessible from a door behind the bar, meet the members of the glorious Handlebar Moustache Club at their pub, go for serious food at knock-down prices in cookery schools, travel back to the heyday of the USSR in a hidden Polish gem of a restaurant, seek out a bar in a converted subterranean public convenience built for the 1908 Olympic Games, eat curry for free in a Sikh temple, frighten yourself in a haunted bar that contains an ancient stone marking the dead centre of the City, go to the oldest surviving Grand Music Hall in the world, have lunch in secret gardens…
100 places with amazing decor, eccentric owners, bizarre food, old-time survivors and more that will please and astonish underground and post-industrial fans, refined gourmets and cocktail drinkers, world food lovers and anyone curious enough to discover the infinite possibilities to have fun in London.
An absolute must-have to finally enjoy the amazing hidden London bar/restaurant/pub/club scene.

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Secret London – Unusual Bars & Restaurants

London Bars and restaurants 2nd edition Have lunch with the inmates of a high security prison, stroll through a sex shop into a Mexican restaurant, sing your heart out in a clandestine Korean karaoke club, tap your toes in a gypsy swing club, get pickled in a marooned Irish pub, join the sixties club that’s still swinging, drink cappuccinos made by murderous bikers, play petanque in a central London cellar, tap an oak-tree trunk for whisky …

Discover over 140 places with eye-popping decor, eccentric owners, and unusual menus. This guide to London’s most peculiar and under-the-radar bars and restaurants is for serious foodies, intrepid drinkers, urban explorers — and anyone curious to discover the infinite possibilities to have fun in London.

Hannah Robinson is a Scottish-born screenwriter, director and author who splits her time between London and Edinburgh. She has made a raft of prize-winning short films and animations, holds two Hollywood feature screenwriting awards and is a script consultant for Sir Lenny Henry. She has worked as a food journalist for The Scotsman and The List magazine, and is the author of Secret Edinburgh, an Unusual Guide for Jonglez – the best-selling guidebook to the city. Hannah is the creative force behind the cultural tourism web project, “The Story of Edinburgh in 101 Objects”. She has recently set up Palindromicals, a creative production company, and is currently making a podcast series about laughter.

Rachel Howard is a journalist and author who has lived in almost every borough in London. A regular contributor to Conde Nast Traveller, The Guardian, and The Telegraph, Rachel writes mainly about travel, food, and the arts. As well as Secret London, An Unusual Guide (also published by Jonglez Publishing), she is the co-author of Mykonos Muse, an insiders’ guide to the wildest Greek island, published by Assouline.

“The perfect gift for that friend who thinks Café Rouge is a bit exotic.”— The Londonist

“I put the guide to the test around Covent Garden and Soho — two of the most touristy parts of the capital — and uncovered a host of gems I’d never encountered before, despite living there for seven years.” — Rob McFarland, Australian Traveller

Second edition – 256 pages – ISBN : 978-2-36195-280-8 – 17,95€ / $21,95 / £13,99

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Secret Madrid

Have your favourite pet blessed, visit an underground mine in the centre of Madrid, see the astounding liquefaction of the blood of Saint Pantaleon once a year, meet Spain’s only Catholic exorcist, find out how the king had his medicine made using alchemy, smell the apple odour that wafts once a year from the still-intact body of Mariana de Jesús who died in the 17th century, visit an underground art gallery, dine in a car park…
Madrid is overflowing with extraordinary and little-known places and curiosities. You just have to know where to look…
An essential guide for those who think they know Madrid well or for those looking to discover the hidden side of the city.

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Secret Milan

Discover a canal lock designed by Leonardo da Vinci as well as the secrets of his Last Supper, find out where Mussolini’s hidden bunker lies, marry beneath frescoes by Tiepolo, visit artists’ houses usually closed to the public, see exceptional private collections, admire the sculpture of a young girl shaving her pudenda, look for the boxers carved on the roof terraces of the cathedral, and so much more.
Far from the crowds and the usual clichés, Milan goes unrecognised as one of the Italian cities with the greatest cultural heritage.
Yet it only reveals its hidden treasures to residents and visitors who venture off the beaten track.
An indispensable guide for those who thought they knew Milan well or for those wishing to discover another facet of the city.

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Secret Montreal – An Unusual Guide

MontrealA giant crane in a supermarket, a portrait of Mussolini in Little Italy, Canada’s only Coadaist temple, a monument to the world’s strongest man, wrestling in a church, surfing on the Saint Lawrence River, a giant milk bottle, a gas station built by famous architect Mies van der Rohe… and much more.
Far from the crowds and the usual clichés, Montreal only reveals its hidden treasures to residents and visitors who venture off the beaten track.
An indispensable guide for those who thought they knew Montreal well or those wishing to discover another facet of the city.

256 pages – ISBN: 978-2-36195-187-0 – 17,95€ / $17,95 / £14,99 

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Secret Naples

Secret NaplesA calcified lizard in a church, vestiges of a former brothel, a “hole” that cures headaches, a bunker turned art gallery, a customised Vespa from the Second World War, remarkable secret private collections, extraordinary old libraries unknown to Neapolitans, a Greek watchtower in a theatre, a rare clock that measures the equation of time, the bars of a chapel door that resonate like a xylophone, a mysterious phallic symbol in San Gennaro catacombs, a little-known museum with a section dedicated to Punch, a unique anatomical model dating from the 18th century, a raft ride 20 metres below Piazza del Plebiscito … Far from the crowds and the usual clichés, Naples holds many well-hidden treasures that are revealed only to local residents and travellers who know where to step off the beaten track. An indispensable guide for those who think they are familiar with Naples or who want to discover another side of the city.“The great advantage of Secret Naples is that it reveals aspects of the city that are right under our noses but we don’t see them” Eleonora Puntillo, Corriere del Mezzogiorno,

Corriere della Sera “Everything you’ve always wanted to know about Naples can be found in this guide” Ugo Cundari, Il Mattino “Spirits, witches, ossuaries, statues and mummies – city itineraries that are far from the usual” Gianni Valentino, La Repubblica, Napoli

384 pages – ISBN: 978-2-36195-186-3 – 18,90 €

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Secret New Orleans

Houses built to resemble riverboats, the finest business hall in the world, a meteorite in a golf course, a back alley that serves as a portal of the voodoo afterwold, a 1960’s time capsule, a house made of 1200 glass ashtrays, Lee Harvey Oswald forgotten Commemorative Plate, a secret doll museum on the second floor of a private house,  the largest religious work of art on canvas in the world…

Far from the crowds and the usual clichés, New Orleans offers countless off-beat experiences and is home to any number of well-hidden treasures that are revealed only to residents and travellers who find their way off the beaten track

An indispensable guide for those who thought they knew New Orleans well or would like to discover the other face of the city.

240 pages – ISBN : 978-2-36195-168-9 – 17,90 € / $19,95 / £13,99

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Secret New York – An Unusual Guide

Secret New York 2018 - Jonglez Publishing

Admire an apocalyptic pillar in a church, relax in secret gardens, discover the New York version of the Sagrada Familia, visit a secret metro tunnel, contemplate an elephant electrocuted, find bullet impacts outside the Bank JP Morgan, observe the stars with a university telescope, find a statue of Lenin, fly your skirt in the same place as Marilyn Monroe, explore a room filled with earth, discover a gigantic Venetian palace above an old stable, visit an island whose independence was proclaimed from a canoe in 2004, discover the « pig » of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, play scrabble with the signs of Queens, find out where is the last tooth of Washington, find the house who hides a metro mouth, locate a plaque in memory of an event of another dimension, have your bike or elephant blessed , go get inspected any natural quirk at an annual professional identification session …

T.M. Rives was born and educated in California. During studies in Los Angeles, he was struck by a need to widen his experience through travel; after completing studies in France, he spent the next twelve years in different countries in Europe, publishing translations and fiction. Eventually landing in New York City, where he has lived for the last ten years, T.M. Rives continues to write and photograph, as well as make documentary film on travel and the arts.

432 pages — Format: 10.5 x 19 cm — ISBN: 978-2-36195-237-2 — Price: $19,95 – €18,95 – £14,99

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Secret New York Curious Activities

Shoot a rifle off Fifth Avenue, track the path of an underground river that flows beneath Washington Square, take a trip within yourself in a sensory deprivation chamber, learn to spot fossils in the walls of buildings or collect your own on city beaches, observe bats on the hunt during a night walk, listen to a Stradivarius in a tiny concert hall created by an obsessed luthier, explore forbidden islands in a kayak, prepare for the end of the world at a survival class in Central Park, speed through the bay on the rail of a racing sailboat, climb giant trees in a botanic garden, go on the beat with a pair of NYPD cops, take a puppet-making class from an expert, watch feeding whales lunge from the deep.

New York: Curious Activities will show you that the city that has everything has more than you ever imagined.

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