From the Great Fire of 1666 to the Blitz of the Second World War, from the building of the Tower of London to the building of Canary Wharf, London has always been much more than just a capital city. It’s an eclectic, teeming, vital town which prompted Samuel Johnson to declare: ‘When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.’ There’s the seedy rather than the smart, the outcast rather than the established and the bizarre rather than the beautiful.  Contributors include G.K. Chesterton, Daniel Defoe, Hilaire Belloc, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Michael Moorcock, Samuel Pepys, Edith Sitwell, H.G. Wells and many more.  A view of London that spans the centuries, with such intriguing chapter titles as The Face On Waterloo Steps; London Molehills; Mobs, Marches, Riots and Affrays; Clubs, Taverns and Coffee Houses and ‘When A Man Is Tired Of London’.