London, UK

London, UK

Thursday, 23 May, 2024

There’s been a bridge over the Thames in London for about 2000 years. In the time since its founding during the Roman Empire, London has become one of the world’s most diverse cities.

Today, it’s as well known for its Indian food (try the restaurants in Brick Lane) and Middle Eastern cuisine (visit Edgeware Road) as it is for a proper afternoon tea (finger sandwiches, scones, pastries, and endless pots of tea).

It’s also a book lover’s paradise with museums dedicated to literary classics — Hello, Sherlock Holmes! Good day, Mr. Dickens! – along with the British Library (don’t miss the tour), Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey, and Shakespeare’s Globe where you can watch a play in a faithful reproduction of the Bard’s theater.

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In this episode, we clear up any confusion about London’s main bridges, make a case for why you should visit the Tower’s Ravenmaster (and his six raven friends), and learn about the mad skills of London cab drivers. Then we recommend five great books that took us there on the page, including a twisty courtroom drama, a time-traveling guidebook, a murder mystery set in North London, a beloved urban fantasy, and a modern classic with an unlikely hero. (show notes / transcript)

recommended books

Anatomy of a Scandal

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A Curious Beginning

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A Murderous Relation

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Bloomsbury Girls

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Bloomsbury Girls

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The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne

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London

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Nights At The Circus

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Nights At The Circus

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

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The Quick

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Rivers of London

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The Royal We

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The Snow Ball

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The Snow Ball

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Something to Hide

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The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter

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The Visitors

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The Weight of Ink

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Wolf Hall

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