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Insider London: Get the Inside Knowledge on the Capital

by LaurettaCWright
Insider London

You know when you decide to go on a day trip or a short break to London and you just fancy doing something a bit different? Wouldn’t it be fab if there were a guide to the most stylish shops, restaurants and cultural experiences? Well – as of this month, there is!

It’s called Insider London and, as the name suggests, the book has been published to offer an insider’s tour of London’s best-kept secrets and diverse neighbours.
I had to get my mitts on a copy to find out if it lived up to its word….

First impressions

The hardback cover is appealing and features some lovely colourful images that make you want to pick it up and have a good old nose.

The author is Rachel Felder, a London aficionado who has spent ample time in the city and, lucky for us, has decided to share her wealth of knowledge of the capital’s nooks and crannies.

Flicking through the book, there are plenty of images to accompany the copy – something that I personally love, as it takes the book from just being a guide to also being an ideal coffee table book that you can dip in and out of.

So what does it include?

The contents are split into three categories – City Essentials, Shops and Food & Drink.

City Essentials covers hotels; museums & galleries; parks, public gardens and open spaces; and theatres.

The Shops section looks at department stores; clothing & accessories; beauty, grooming & wellness; décor, flowers & items for the home; stationery, books & gifts; and markets.

And finally Food and Drink covers restaurants; pubs, gastropubs & cocktail bars; quick bites, bakeries and grab-and-go treats; fish and chips; afternoon tea; and coffee & tea bars.

Pretty much everything then.

Insider London

As an interiors fan, I was particularly interested in the ‘décor and items for your home’ section and learnt that there are numerous independently owned boutiques that focus on a specific item or category – from fragrant candles to hand-cast bells. Who knew?!

I particularly like the sound of The Old Cinema – a huge vintage furniture store that is housed in a former movie theatre – as well as LASSCO Ropewalk, which is officially known as the London Architectural Salvage and Supply Company.

My faves

Having a good old read of the book I’ve found so many great tips and places I’d like to visit that there are just too many to mention.

However, here are a few of the ones I’ve earmarked to pay a visit soon! 

  • Melt Chocolates in Notting Hill Gate. Chocolate; need I say more?
  • London Transport Museum in Covent Garden – for an educational family day out!
  • Liberty – one of the world’s most charming department stores (window shopping galore!)
  • Hoxton Street Monster Supplies – as it sells an array of sweets!

I’ve actually got an insider tip of my own; in Victoria there’s a cute little tea shop called Café Bella Maria (on Lower Grosvenor Place).

I discovered this place by accident and it’s a lovely little bolthole serving a variety of goodies – from Paninis and toasted tea cakes to a variety of scrambled egg combinations and homemade scones.

I’d love Rachel to try it out when reviewing places for her second edition Insider London; and no – I don’t have family/friends working there – it’s just a lovely place that I just keep getting drawn back to! I guess that’s the sign of a great place.

Insider London

Wrapping up…

If you’re a Londoner looking to discover new gems, on a day trip to the capital or just taking a well-deserved break, this book is for you. It would also make a great gift for travel fans.

Put it this way, it's as useful for a first-time visitor to the city as well as someone on their 101st visit!

Each listing comes complete with the address, telephone number and website – as well as the closest Tube station – which is of course really handy to know.

The hardback book costs £16.99 from Harper Collins Publishers – I think it would be great to launch a paperback version to make it easier for people to take with them on their trip.

But for now I’ll stick with taking pictures of the pages I’m interested in so I can make sure I don’t miss a trick while I’m out and about in the capital.

Subscribe to me on YouTube for your chance to win a copy! 

Get it for yourself…


Donna Vallance 1st June 2017 - 1:52 pm

This is fab! ill have a look for it. I love London and I am there all of there time but there is always more to the big city. Thanks for sharing it with us.

LaurettaCWright 1st June 2017 - 3:22 pm

It’s a pleasure! Thanks for commenting Donna! 🙂

Lindsey 20th May 2017 - 6:50 am

What a great book. I am a Londoner and never really explore it. But with this book, it would certainly help to get me out there.

LaurettaCWright 20th May 2017 - 8:47 am

It really is a great find and would definitely help you explore.

tots2travel 19th May 2017 - 7:37 pm

It looks like the kind of London I’ve been trying to find!!
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LaurettaCWright 19th May 2017 - 8:49 pm

That’s a good way of putting it – and yes, true for me too!

Caroline 19th May 2017 - 10:10 am

I’ll have to check it out, it sounds like there are some really great ideas. Melt Chocolates sounds amazing and I definitely recommend Liberty!

LaurettaCWright 19th May 2017 - 10:27 am

I’m definitely planning a trip to Melt Chocolates! 🙂

Anonymous 17th May 2017 - 9:51 pm

Despite living a lot of my life, and majority working life, in London, I’ve never been to the transport museum (and to clarify how bad that is I used to work IN Covent Garden!). Next time there’s a wet Sunday, I think it’ll now go to the top of the list!

LaurettaCWright 17th May 2017 - 9:53 pm

Ooh yes, definitely think you need to do that!

kerry 17th May 2017 - 9:24 pm

Now this looks right up my street! Although Im married to a Londoner, he knows his way around but I love the idea of having lots of new restaurants and interesting places. Good find! xx

LaurettaCWright 17th May 2017 - 9:53 pm

Thanks Kerry – there are so many great suggestions – most of which the majority of people don’t know exist!

Louise 17th May 2017 - 3:03 pm

I could’ve done with a book like this on my recent trip to London, especially the shops section! You can’t beat a good old window shop!

LaurettaCWright 17th May 2017 - 3:05 pm

Thanks Louise – it really is a great book with so many hidden treasures to find around the city 🙂


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