Pretty Little London: A Seasonal Guide to the City’s Most Instagrammable Places – S. Santini, A. Di Filippo

I’ve never been to London. It’s an oversight from my side since it seems a pretty spectacular city, but for many reasons the UK and I never crossed paths, at least so far. While I’m still on the continent, waiting to tick that particular box off my travel notebook, all I can do is looking at pictures of my dream destinations.

(Quick, pretend to be shocked)

Sara Santini and Andrea Di Filippo came to rescue the crowd of armchair wanderers like me, providing us with Pretty Little London, a guide to all things, well, pretty about London.

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A curated guide to the most beautiful, intriguing and unique sites in London, from the creators of the popular Instagram account. 

Based on the hugely successful @PrettyLittleLondon, your guides, Andrea and Sara, take you on a visual tour of the city – pointing out the most Insta-worthy places to visit. With everything from bars and restaurants to galleries and hotels, Pretty Little London introduces more than 100 perfect places to explore all year round. Andrea and Sara have carefully selected their favourite places, explaining why they love each one and showcasing them with enviable photography. Whether you’re looking for a wisteria-filled stroll (spring), a rooftop bar for a romantic cocktail (summer), the most inspiring museum (autumn) or a magical day of Christmas lights and festivities (winter) – Pretty Little London has a whole host of offerings. There are even a few day trips (each a train ride away) for those much-needed weekend breaks.

With tips on photography, hand-drawn maps, Instagram advice and insider tips – it doesn’t matter if you’re a visitor, tourist or born-and-bred Londoner, this book will inspire you to discover parts of the city you’ve never seen before. 

208 pages
Travel, photography
Quarto Publishing Group – White Lion
Goodreads

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Cover: Cool! I’m not a big fan of covers featuring different pictures, but this one works anyway, maybe because the style is the same.

Yay!

  • Santini and Di Filippo, two Italian expats who run @prettylittlelondon on Instagram, have put together a book featuring both cool, instagrammable pictures and activities to do when you’re visiting London. After a small introduction with tips about how to beat algorithms and the best editing tools, we start with Spring. What does the City have to offer during every season? A lot, looks like.
  • Pictures! Pictures that look good enough to be on Instagram–the holy church of pictures, I mean–and therefore are good! Style spills all over the pages, with Santini and Di Filippo being generous with their shots. This is how a travel book should be, ripe with photos and info. Whimsical maps add character to Pretty Little London too, and that’s the cherry on top.
  • I already mentioned the seasons-oriented structure. It’s something I already saw in other books, and in certain contexts, it works fine. It’s also a good idea for those who are planning a vacation trip.

Special mention:

  • Wisteria, Islington. I love the purple door and the wisteria adorning the place.
  • Coal Drops Yard. Hanging lights!
  • Tulip Stairs, Queen’s House. Spiral staircases! There’s also another one in
  • Hide. 
  • The Painted Hall, Old Royal Navy College. Fine art, fine art.
  • Broadgate Circle. 
  • Kyoto Garden.
  • Cotswolds. I wouldn’t mind living there.
  • The Shambles. Cobbled streets.

Nay!

  • The only thing I don’t like about Pretty Little London is that it reads a bit too commercial for my tastes. 

TL;DR
4 stars on GR.

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