*I received a free ARC of this book via Rachel’s Random Resources blog tour and the author/s. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: “sparse… some glaring omissions” FoodPorn London
“only page 23 is of mild interest” http://www.londonpetlover.com
“Wow!!! A genuinely bespoke city guide!!!” Tommy Sponge, Chairman, The Bespokist Society
You have in your hands one of the most curated city guides ever created. As the first travel book produced by the hugely influential Bespokist Society, this handy guide takes you to a London you’ve never seen: a London of challenging Etruscan restaurants, edgy branding parlours, emoji hotels and hidden Icelandic communities; a London where 8-ply toilet paper is a thing.
On the way, meet an eclectic band of inspiring Londoners – from scriveners to socialites via urban wordsmiths and coffee preachers – and see why London is now the global epicentre of Bespokist consciousness, community and culture.
The Bespokist Society Guide to… London is a pocket-sized parody of British hipster culture.
Masquerading as recommendations for places to eat, drink and be entertained in each compass of the capital city, this is actually a bitingly sharp satire of the modern obsessions with the artisanal, handcrafted, organic, exotically-sourced, ethically-conscious side of capitalism.
Personally my only quibble with this entertaining little gem was that it is effectively one joke told repeatedly but in different ways. However, the presentation and style of those ‘different ways’ was so amusing and skeweringly precise that I didn’t really mind.
Most entertaining of all was that some of the spoofs were disturbingly believable! I definitely think there would be a market for regional varieties of this guide, tailored to different home-towns. Bespoke Bristol, or Bespoke Birmingham anyone?!
An ideal novelty gift for those in your life who love their locally-bought, handspooled toilet paper made only from naturally-fallen tree branches, but also able to have a giggle at their own expense.
If you like your humour witty, intelligent and presented with a straight-face and tongue-firmly-in-cheek then this is the perfect guide for you.
For a proper afternoon tradition, don’t miss Merlin’s Tea Shoppe near Moorgate, London’s very first dining establishment dating from the time of King Arthur. The service is famously dismissive, the sandwiches cloy and the tea watery, but just look around you – you’re paying for a genuine slice of British culinary history.
– The Bespokist Society Guide to…London
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