Think you know London? Get ready to see it through new eyes thanks to these two new incredible guidebooks - and you can win them too!
In honor of International Women's Day, we're proud to partner with Fox Chapel Publishing to offer one lucky a reader an amazing prize pack of two incredible books. If you're dreaming of a trip to London - and who isn't? - you'll adore these two bespoke guidebooks that are the perfect companions for any history lover (or food lover, or fan of unique sightseeing.... need I go on?) And just in case you AREN'T planning a trip to London, I still think you'll love them and find them packed with inspiration and travel wanderlust. Read on!
Book 1 - Women's London: A Tour Guide to Great Lives
"From the women who made up the suffragette movement to the first Muslim woman to enter Albert Hall to one of the first women to climb Mount Everest without oxygen support, women have been making amazing strides in London throughout history. An incredible new guide, Women's London: A Tour Guide to Great Lives, chronicles the fascinating and history-making women who put London on the map."
What I love about the concept of this book is that it's perfect for value oriented travelers. You can use it as inspiration for a self-guided walking tour or to have a "bonus" of sorts when you visit another famous site and you realize that something fabulous is hiding just around the corner. And, if you're feeling like splashing out a bit more, you can retrace the lives of the women featured in the book by staying in their neighbourhood and visiting its nicest restaurants, pubs, and shops.
The author, Rachel Kolsky, runs Go London Tours. I think it's fantastic to have a guidebook written by such an experienced tour guide. Kolsky doesn't just know London from the point of view of women's historical sites. She knows all of the city and this background helps give the book additional context and richness.
Book 2 - London's Afternoon Teas
"London's Afternoon Teas is the hippest and most up-to-date source of information for both London residents and tourists alike. Featuring 60 of the best places to take tea in London, including classics such as Claridges and the Wolseley as well as completely unexpected venues, there's a tea here to suit all tastes and budgets. The text includes the history of the venues, their most popular recipes, interesting facts, and types of teas available, along with details of nearby attractions to help you make a day of it."
I love the idea behind this book because having high tea is one of my favourite things to do in London. My favourite (and only, so far) venue is The Orangery, which is part of Kensington Palace and is very elegant indeed - and quite affordable. But I'm keen to branch out! Sampling endless scones and clotted cream can't be a bad thing, can it? With 60 experiences in the book, there are options at every price point (including some very high end luxury properties) and for all dietary preferences.
Love London, love our contest!
I can't think of a better way to combine my support for International Women's Day, my love of reading, travel, and all things London than to share these two wonderful books. I know they'll help inspire your trip and you'll never experience London quite the same way again.
To enter, fill out the form below and leave a comment telling us what you'd love to see on your next trip to London. Please note, this contest is for residents of the United States only (sorry, Canadians - the last contest was just for you, after all!) I'll be sharing your name and email address with the team at Fox Chapel so they can get in touch with you to arrange shipping.
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