We’re firm believers that there are very few problems that can’t be solved, or at least temporarily escaped, by reading a good book.

With this in mind we thought we’d give new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, a hand settling into the new job by making him a reading list of books exploring the frustrations, joys and peculiarities of living in the capital. 



Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now

Craig Taylor

As Told by Those Who Love it, Hate it, Live it, Left it and Long for it.

Here are the voices of London - rich and poor, native and immigrant, women and men – as witnessed by Craig Taylor who spent five years exploring the city and listening to its residents. These voices and many more, paint a vivid, epic and wholly fresh portrait of Twenty-First Century London.

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London Overground

London Overground

Iain Sinclair

A Day's Walk Around the Ginger Line

Echoing his journey in London Orbital  over a decade ago, Iain Sinclair narrates his second circular walk around the capital exploring modern London through a day's hike around the London Overground route.

With thirty-three stations and thirty-five miles to tramp - plus inevitable and unforeseen detours and false steps - he embarks on a marathon circumnavigation at street level, tracking the necklace of garages, fish farms, bakeries, convenience cafés, cycle repair shops and Minder lock-ups which enclose inner London.

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Lost in the City

Lost in the City

Nicholas Sack

This series of black-and-white photographs captures the ever-changing juxtaposition of old and new architecture in the city.

Nicholas Sack's images of office workers in and around the City of London capture isolated individuals and set them against the imposing architecture of modern London.

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Nairns London

Nairn's London

Ian Nairn

Widely considered the quintessential - if highly opinionated - guidebook to the capital.

A meditation on a city and its buildings, including railway stations, synagogues, abandoned gasworks, dock cranes, suburban gardens, East End markets, Hawksmoor churches, a Gothic cinema and twenty-seven different pubs, it is a portrait of the soul of a place.

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