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In this wholly new and dynamic view of London, Farrell looks beyond the contribution of individual buildings to the city. He creates a larger, more exciting frame, charting how the capitals messy and complex shape has been hewn out of a series of layers natural and manmade, so the Thames and the natural landscape gets as much attention as the railway infrastructure, the roads and the canals. This provides a whole series of revelations that allow us to see the city afresh: How might the natural bends in the river have impacted where and what was built? How have the Thames tributaries affected historic boundaries and development, played out in the estates of Mayfair? How is the Roman plan for the city of London still discernible in todays street patterns?
Illustrated with original sketches, maps, archive photographs and paintings, this book provides a vibrant and intriguing collage of Londons patterns and its history.
The Thames at West London, Central London, Docklands and the Estuary
The London Underground
The natural landscape
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