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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
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06/25/2008 Archived Entry: "Book review: eat.shop london"

eat.shop london
researched, photographed and written by Caroline Loncq
Published by Cabazon Books
ISBN-13: 978-0-97895881-7

Review by Jane Seaton

Definitely a book to take out on a day when you're shopping for shopping's sake (and pausing for refreshment lots of times too), this guide won't help you track down a night duty pharmacy or get your shoes reheeled. It distinguishes between shopping and eating, and that's as structured as it gets.

But it's such fun!

I commute into London and I don't know all these places where independent shops and cafés huddle together for mutual support. Once this book has guided you into the right territory, you're probably going to discover some favourites of your own, and you can publish your own guide, but it won't look as good as this one.

The maps are splendidly clear, so you can't possibly get lost. You won't even have to struggle with the address details, printed black on dark blue so as to be illegible in both badly-lit buses and on sunny pavements.

The book will fit in a pocket. It's a little heavy maybe, not quite the right compromise between portability and picture book. Towards the end of the day, you might have to stop shopping because the book is so heavy. That would be awful.

The pages will probably wipe clean if you drool over the pictures, and if you're shopping alone, the comments invoke an imaginary friend who can tell you how irresistibly lovely you look in that dress. And that one. And this one over here too.
There are hotel and 'things to do' suggestions as well as the 90 shops and eating places, but these are a little perfunctory, unless you have such a strong regard for the author's taste that you daren't let go of her hand for a moment. But it's only one page: no harm done. Let's try this café now, shall we?

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