London’s Lost Rivers


London’s Lost Rivers: A Walker’s Guide Volume 2 (Strange Attractor, November 2019)

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London’s Lost Rivers: A Walker’s Guide (Strange Attractor, revised edition 2019)

By Tom Bolton

‘an indispensable guide’ – Ham and High

‘a cracking read even if you have no intention of pounding the pavements’ – Londonist

‘a terrific mix of history, topography and practicality… astonishingly diligent… highly recommended’ – The Great Wen

Strange Attractor, 2010

Photography by SF Said

Foreword by Christopher Fowler

Paperback, 272pp, illustrated, £9.99

ISBN 978 1907222030

Available in the USA from MIT Press.

When we think of London’s river, the vast thoroughfare of the Thames immediately springs to mind. But this ancient city was built around other rivers too – and traces of these still remain, for those who know where to look.

London’s Lost Rivers takes the reader on a series of walks along the routes of eight lost rivers, combining directions for walkers with richly detailed anecdotes outlining the history of each river’s route, origins and decline.

The book includes walks along the Earl’s Sluice, the Effra, the Fleet, the Neckinger, the Peck, the Tyburn, the Walbrook, the Wandle and the Westbourne.