Heading over to London this week? Check out the wide range of books available to make the most of your time over there – navigate the city, see the sights, visit the best places to eat and drink, and of course take in some of the Olympics madness!
Lonely Planet London City Guide
Lonely Planet Pocket London
DK Eyewitness Guide to London
DK Family Guide to London
London AA Citypack
Top 10 of London
Time Out 2012 Things to do in London
Time Out London 2012 Olympics Edition
Want to find out everything there is to know about this year’s Olympics? We have plenty of books for that too.
For your little future Olympians:
And for something a little bit different, why not take a look back at how things used to be?
Austerity Olympics by Janie Hampton
Read Hampton’s vivid depiction of the last time the Games came to London in 1948. Her tales of teams ferried to events on double-decker buses, billeted in army camps or sewing their own kit are a world away from the lavish 2012 arenas and Olympic village. The cost of the 1948 Olympics was less than a hundredth of a percent of 2012′s massive budget – just £760,000! Nevertheless, heroes such as Fanny Blankers-Koen thrilled the crowd, and the famous spirit of Londoners cheerfully overcame all obstacles, from equipment shortages to terrible weather.
Ancient Olympics by Nigel Spivey
Nigel Spivey paints a portrait of the Greek Olympics as they really were – fierce contests between bitter rivals, in which victors won kudos and rewards, and losers faced scorn and even assault. Victory was almost worth dying for, and a number of athletes did just that.
Visitors Guide to the Ancient Olympics by Dr. Neil Faulkner
What was it like to attend the Olympics in 388 B.C.? Would the experience resemble Olympic festivals as we celebrate them today? This remarkable book transports us back to the heyday of the city-state and classical Greek civilization. It invites us to enter this distant, alien, but still familiar culture and discover what the Greeks did and didn’t do during five thrilling days in August 2,400 years ago.
Finally, with the Games now in full swing, why not pick up a book on one of the world’s finest sports stars:
Born to Ride by Stephen Roche
Cyclone by Barry McGuigan
Gold Rush by Michael Johnson
Inside the Peloton by Nicholas Roche
It’s Not About the Bike by Lance Armstrong
My Story by Kenny Egan
My Story by Tom Daley
No Limits by Michael Phelps
Open by Andre Agassi