Did you know that a polar bear used to fish near the Tower of London? Or that ice bowling on the frozen Thames was once a popular pastime?

LONDON FOR CHILDREN by Matteo Pericoli, published today by MacMillan Children’s Books, must be the best book about London I have come across in years of reviewing books about this amazing European Capital. My 5 year old son commented ‘Mum, when will I be able to read it all on my own?’.

This beautifully illustrated book is a fascinating, fact-filled journey through London that helps you and your child discover the stories and secrets of one of the largest cities in the world. It’s a great example of a book that CANNOT be replaced by any electronic devices such as iPad, Kindle. You’ve got to have this books in your hands to appreciate the beauty of the illustrations. It is most certainly LONDON MUMS’ FAVOURITE BOOK OF THE YEAR!!!

Matteo’s astonishing project, to illustrate a continuous 20 mile journey along the north and south banks of the Thames, took him two years to complete. Now the two 37-foot-long pen-and-ink drawings can be enjoyed in vibrant colour, with eye-opening (and eye-watering) facts; from the battles of Roman London and the Princes in the Tower, to the Gunpowder Plot and the great Victorian stink!


Matteo Pericoli was born in Milan and has worked as an architect, illustrator, author, journalist and teacher. He is best known for his illustrated books of New York, where he lived from 1995 to 2008 and in particular, the iconic MANHATTAN UNFURLED.

His work is regularly featured in the Observer, the New York Times and La Stampa, Italy’s national newspaper. He is also often commissioned for album artwork (Beastie Boys Four Boroughs). Matteo is currently living in Turin with his family.

ISBN 9781447213130

RRP GBP 14.99

Children’s Age Range 3+

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