Any London travel guide can lead you to Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. For visitors interested in touring London's lesser-known spots, this "guide to the city's offbeat places"
is just the ticket. There's the lamppost built as a sewer vent, "recycling" malodorous gases to fuel the lamp's flame; the faux Leinster Gardens terrace homes whose front doors conceal train tracks; Postman's Park, with its wall covered in plaques commemorating acts of heroism by ordinary Londoners; and so much more. Photos are accompanied by brief write-ups of each "peculiar," which also list the most convenient Tube station by which to visit. It's a fun—occasionally weird—dive into London's fascinating history. (KG)