An evocative tour through the London that tourists don’t see . . .
The huge word-of-mouth bestseller – completely updated for 2019
THE LONDON TOURISTS DON’T SEE
Between long-forgotten tube stations and abandoned factories, decaying mansions and graffitied shopfronts, Derelict London is an atmospheric journey through our capital’s abandoned places. In its pages, Paul Talling – our best-loved investigator of London’s underbelly – invites us to look beyond the gleam of the city skyline and explore the ramshackle spaces all around us.
Covering everything from Leyton’s dilapidated old football stadium to the windswept alleyways of the Aylesbury Estate, Derelict London reveals a side of the city you never knew existed.
It will change the way you see London.
Praise for Paul Talling’s Derelict London
‘Fascinating images showing some of London’s eeriest derelict sites show another side to the busy, built-up capital.’ Daily Mail
‘Has managed to show another side to the capital, one of abandoned buildings that somehow retain a sense of beauty.’ Metro
‘From the iconic empty shell of Battersea Power Station to the buried ‘ghost’ stations of the London Underground, the city is peppered with decaying buildings. Paul Talling knows these places better than anyone in the capital.’ Daily Express
‘Mesmerising . . . John Betjeman would have been proud of him.’ What’s On London
‘Excellent . . . As much as it is an inadvertent vision of how London might look after a catastrophe, Derelict London is valuable as a document of the one going on right in front of us.’ New Statesman
‘There's nothing shabby about Derelict London, a thoughtful compendium of unloved and forgotten buildings.’ Londonist
‘[London has an] unusual (and deplorable) number of abandoned buildings. Paul Talling’s surprise bestseller, Derelict London, is their shabby Pevsner.’ Daily Telegraph
“The stories behind some of London's most neglected buildings have been revealed in a fascinating new book...[that] will take people on a journey to long-forgotten tube stations, burnt-out mansions, gently decaying football stadiums around London.”
“Beyond London's glimmering skyscrapers and grand institutions, there is a twilight zone of burnt-out factories and decaying mansions. Few people know this world as well as Paul Talling.”