Baedeker's guide books first appeared in 1827 and by the time this edition of London and its Environs was published in 1900 they had earned a well deserved reputation for meticulous accuracy and encyclopedic content.
Each successive edition included up to the minute revisions obtained by an army of local agents the accuracy of whose work was constantly checked by members of the Baedeker family who travelled incognito throughout Europe checking the facts and figures that appeared in their books.
London and its Environs 1900 brings to life, in astonishing detail, a complete picture of all that a visitor might wish to know about the world's greatest city at the close of the Victorian era. In over 500 pages with a fold out map of London and the surrounding countryside, numerous plans of notable buildings and 31 pages of coloured street plans, not only are all the major sites and attractions mentioned, but there is copious advice on etiquette; security (Carry gold but if bank notes are used record the serial numbers so they can be traced if stolen); Accommodation (even smaller hotels are clean and comfortable); Restaurants (The Savoy, a high class establishment); Public Houses (wine cannot be recommended); travel (from USA by Cunard Line, prices from £7); Public Baths (chiefly for the working class); Recommended Shops; Markets (The Islington Cattle market with room for over 45,000 animals). There is also a history of London.
There are 33 well described tours including The City, St Paul's, London Zoo and London Docks as well as a dozen tours by steamer and train to The Crystal Palace, Windsor Castle, Rochester and St Albans etc.
What better way to explore the past than with a contemporary authoritative guidebook? This facsimile reprint will provide a source of fascination and will be a delight for local historians, amateur genealogists and indeed anyone curious to know just what London was like a century ago.
Hardback 512 pp. including a colored fold out map of the home counties and 31 pages of colored maps and street plans.