The London Encyclopaedia

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The London Encyclopaedia, first published in 1983,[1] is a 1100 page historical reference work,[2] on the United Kingdom's capital city, London. The encyclopaedia covers the Greater London area.


The first edition of the encyclopaedia was complied over a number of decades by antiquarian seller Ben Weinreb.[3] It was revised in 1993, 1995, 2008 and 2010,[1] latterly by Christopher Hibbert. It has around 5,000 articles, supported by two indices — one general and one listing people, each of about 10,000 entries - and is published by Macmillan.

In 2012, an app was developed by Heuristic-Media, based on the 2010 edition and released as London—A City Through Time.[1][2] Toby Evetts and Simon Reeves, partners in Heuristic-Media, discussed the development of the app with The Guardian in 2013, describing how 4,500 entries had to be plotted onto a guide map by hand.[3]


The encyclopaedia builds on a number of antecedent publications,[4] including:


A plaudit from the Illustrated London News printed on the back cover claims that "there is no one-volume book in print that carries so much valuable information on London and its history". Another from London Cabbie News reads "If I had my way this book would be in every cab in London". In a 2008 review for the Financial Times, Jonathan Sale described the encyclopaedia as 'a capital book for a capital city'.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c Jones, Philip (2012-07-05). "New app 'reinvents' London Encyclopaedia". The Bookseller (London). Retrieved 2014-09-16. 
  2. ^ a b "A unique guidebook: The city beckons - A multimedia compendium of 2,000 years". The Economist. 2012-06-30. Retrieved 2014-09-16. 
  3. ^ a b "How we made the London: A City Through Time app". the Guardian. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  4. ^ Wilder, Robyn (2014-08-24). "11 Rather Splendid Facts You May Not Have Known About London". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2014-09-16. 
  5. ^ Sale, Jonathan (2008-09-01). "The London Encyclopaedia". Financial Times. Retrieved 2014-09-16. 

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