Praise for Long's London books:
"The superbly talented David Long" Sunday Express
"Book of the week" Evening Standard
"Fascinating" Sunday Times
"Intriguing" Financial Times
"Brilliant and nostalgic" BBC Radio London
The West End has been a powerful magnet for centuries, a trend that has, if anything, grown more pronounced in the twenty-first century. Paved With Gold is one of the most detailed books published on the subject and certainly the first of its type. Long begins by explaining how each of the eight areas rose to prominence and goes on to describe the magnificent architecture, the world-renowned institutions, the momentous events and the men and women who shaped them. Rightly praised for the use of the telling anecdote, he embellishes the narrative with a series of fascinating vignettes. There can be few people who know London better.
* Covers Mayfair, St James's, Fitzrovia, Bloomsbury, Soho, Covent Garden and Strand, Westminster, Belgravia
* Easy to use: set out street-by-street, in alphabetical order
* Large-format hardback
* Maps of the eight areas
* 250 photographs
* 16-page, full-colour, plate section
* Mini-essays on a wide range of West End characters, events and institutions - from Thomas Cubitt to the Dukes of Westminster, Buckingham Palace to the Houses of Parliament, the Bloomsbury Group to the strange death of Brian Epstein.