by John Mendes
Illustrated by Gareth Floyd
Elm Tree Books, 1972, [First Edition], ISBN 241022681, black and white illustrations, two-tone illustrations, hardcover, dustjacket
Very Good Condition, minor edge and shelf wear, minor rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, previous owners inscription on title page, price-clipped dustjacket shows a little edge and shelf wear with a little rubbing and bumping to edges and corners (see photographs)
“Finch’s London is one man’s look at the metropolis. He does not claim to know it all (does anybody?), but he was born in London, has lived and worked in London for quite a few years, and likes to think that it is his town.
This book makes London every reader’s town, too. It takes us round Soho, along Oxford Street, into the city, with an entertaining anecdote for every step of the way.
But walking can be thirsty work, so John Mendes calls in at a number of Finch’s pubs along the journey. And he has something to tell the reader here, as well; which pub, for instance, is considered the best for folk music; which has most policemen and medical students drinking together – and why; what happens to letters that still arrive for Sherlock Holmes – and in which pub do the barmaids tend to marry customers. Finch’s London is a book that will make every reader a lover of London an da Londoner at heart.”