Rick Steves' London 2012 Paperback – Sep 6 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
Regarding the London book specifically, we are currently planning our third trip to London, and we are using Rick's 2012 London book to do so. As it has been for each of our past trips, this book is invaluable. Looking for a good place to stay? Rick has numerous recommendations, organized by neighbourhood and price range. Want a bite to eat, but having a hard time choosing between the never ending options available to you in this amazing city? We've never been unhappy with a restaurant he's recommended (again, all organized by neighbourhood & price range). Not sure how best to attack this enormous city in your short stay? Rick has suggested itineraries for different lengths of stay, with all the information you could ever want about each sight. This books has all the information you need to have a fantastic time in London.
As for the opinion of the other reviewer who gave this book only 2 stars, I think his claims that Rick "bashes" British people and/or their culture is absolutely preposterous, but I think I might see where it comes from.Read more ›
But what irritated me was his petulant sniping at the British, either as it pertained to their character or their traditions. Americans have a love-hate relationship with the Britons; they feel superior and inferior to them at the same time. They don't understand the monarchy and its relationship with its people through history and Rick is no exception. He would make ingenuous generalizations about things he couldn't know one way or the other. For example, he was talking about the art in the great houses in the UK and said the only art the aristocrats knew about were portraits of themselves. That's just silly! I am sorry the little fellow is so insecure about the nobles of England that he must resort to taking such cheap shots. Did he interview a handful of them and found their knowledge of art wanting?
There are other such examples that reveal a very childish attitude toward the British and its institutions. He is probably writing this book for the American public and to perpetuate these negative stereotypes as he does reveals a petty and stunted approach to life. I never see him take this snide attitude to other people and places of Europe on his television programs. So I guess he just has it in for the British. His half-baked and sophomoric attitude toward them was extremely annoying. My advice to him is to drop the personal invective and lowbrow opinions, probably instilled in him by his Daddy, or don't continue to put out a London edition.
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I'm not from a huge city but got around fine with the transportation suggestions since the maps generally do a good job of providing you with multiple ways of getting to your destination. However, I did feel like some of the walking maps (particularly British Museum) weren't well scaled and kind of stretched or squeezed distances in some places.
I tried four of the restaurants recommended in the book and found that the descriptions were spot on in terms of price and quality! It was awesome to know where to find places that were affordable, good quality, and had good service. I will definitely be using this part of the book again when I return with friends.
In terms of accommodation, honestly, if you're reading this, you probably have the internet. You could use the book, but a book will never be as current or as thorough as a website with 100+ reviews from different demographics.
In summary this book was really useful whether I was planning a short trip or a long stay, and for my first and second visits. It does a great job of providing an interesting visit that's tailored to your interests and trip duration.
However, I would suggest looking up accommodations online, and consulting a local map at the tube station or bus stop instead of the book, if you can.