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Arguably the best guide to London published this season was written nearly 50 years ago."Nairn's London" by Ian Nairn first appeared in 1966 and has been reprinted after fans of the idiosyncratic architectural enthusiast mounted a public campaign. Nairn's guide to the capital contains 450 entries describing churches, galleries, offices, houses, monuments, bridges, markets, pubs and just about everything else between Uxbridge to the west and Dagenham in the east.Nairn very much likes the Soane Museum, the former home of the architect Sir John Soane in Lincoln's Inn Fields now crammed with his collection of art and antiquities.Highgate cemetery, the north London necropolis where Karl Marx's body lies and a popular spot for Sunday strollers, also comes in for some criticism.Nairn is surprisingly ambivalent about some modern places.
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