Beloved Book Settings: London

Big Ben in London, EnglandToday I’m back with another beloved book setting: London! I absolutely adore London and I fell in love with the city after traveling there last year.

A few books that strengthened my love for London include:

  • The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • The Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith (pseudonym for J.K. Rowling)

First of all, I love the dry and witty humor that is common among English people. I think tone is hilarious and love to read sarcasm in books because it pulls me into the story quickly.

London is a beautiful city, filled with a mix of traditional buildings like Buckingham Palace and the London Bridge along with newer modern buildings in the financial district. I’ve been swept away by a city that is both a buzzing business center and is full of historic monuments. I’m also very impressed by the tube; never have I seen a public transportation system that’s so efficiently zipping people around the city.

I have traveled through many cities in Europe (I studied abroad during college and tried to see as much as I could) and London continues to be my favorite spot. That’s probably why I am drawn to books set in the city, by reading them I can be transported there for a time.

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16 thoughts on “Beloved Book Settings: London

  1. I really like these beloved book setting posts. Is this a new feature you’d like to/planning to do? I love that you’re introducing some great new reads and combining that with travel. I of course love reading and traveling, so I’m excited to read future posts like this.

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    1. I’m so glad you like them! I started doing them a few weeks ago and have a few more ready to go out over the next couple months! You’re absolutely right, traveling and reading are my two favorite things to do so I am happy to try to combine them here. 🙂

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      1. Can’t wait to read them! Recently I’ve seen people buying a foreign edition of their favourite author/book etc. when traveling and next time I leave the country I want to do that! I won’t be able to read it (unless I learn that language), but it’ll be a really cool souvenir to have.

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  2. I love London! Ha the tube, that’s the one thing I wished I could have brought home with me when I left. Man, I miss London so much after reading this haha! I do agree English humour is probably the best humour there is! 😀

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  3. You are so right! London is an amazing place to visit and set a book. The list of books is long when you start really thinking about books set in London or the general area. Nice post! Good reminder of some interesting books! Stop by and check out my latest review on a WWII novel! If you like historical fiction, the book is great.

    Mary

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  4. You should try some proper witty writers like Jeremy Paxman or Simon Schama. Yes London is a fabulous city with many layers, I can’t really say I miss the city on its own, it’s the memories associated with it. After relocating in Birmingham one (and the other half) are trying to find comfort (with real ease should I say) in the many stunning Victorian buildings that remain from its industrial past.

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