London: The Biography
This is more than a history of London, it is a celebration of the city in all its aspects. Written by someone who knows London better than most, it is both erudite and readable, and is full of wonderful ideas, bizarre stories and unexpected connections.
The book is not a chronological history, but moves about in time, linking the past to the present in unexpected but illuminating ways. First published in 2000, this unique book continues to amaze and delight.