The Bespokist Society Guide to London by Bespokist Ltd – Book Review

The Bespokist Society Guide to London by Bespokist Ltd – Book Review

The Bespokist Society Guide to London

The Bespokist Society Guide to London

Author – Bespokist Ltd
Publisher – Acorn Independent Press
Pages – 120
Released – 1st April 2018
ISBN-13 – 978-1912615148
Format – ebook, paperback
Reviewer – Stacey
Rating – 4 Stars
I received a free copy of this book
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As the first travel book produced by the hugely influential Bespokist Society, this handy guide takes you to a London you’ve never seen: a London of challenging Etruscan restaurants, edgy branding parlours, emoji hotels and hidden Icelandic communities; a London where 8-ply toilet paper is a thing.

On the way, meet an eclectic band of inspiring Londoners – from scriveners to socialites via urban wordsmiths and coffee preachers – and see why London is now the global epicentre of Bespokist consciousness, community and culture.

New one review witch 2017

I knew before I started reading this book that it was a spoof, however, not being from London and having only visited a handful of times (mainly staying down the road from Euston Station), I wasn’t quite sure whether some of the places mentioned actually existed and the authors were taking the mick out of them, or, that they had been completely made up. Judging by the fact I tried googling a few it shows you how well put together this book is – or that I’m really that stupid!!

The book is split into five sections, each a different area of London and gives you the low down on places to eat, cleanse, groom, workout, hang out, live, sleep and what to watch at the theatre. There are also interviews with ‘proprietors’ too.

The book is highly amusing and if you live in London or know the place well this book would be perfect for you. I also love all the photographs throughout, especially the food. How do you fancy the delightful looking calf’s lymph nodes for lunch, or you could try the margarine tasting plate!

The book is small in size but is certainly filled to the brim with tongue in cheek information. Here’s hoping that the authors decide to do more of these books for other cities. I’ll be certainly picking up a book if they decide to cover my home city of Manchester.

Reviewed by Stacey

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About the Author

Who are we?

​A social collective with a passion for the curated and the bespoke. Current chairman is Tommy Sponge.

​Where did it begin?

​Like the impressionists who forged an artistic movement in the fin de siecle coffee shops of Paris, The Bespokist Society began in a biospheric winery in Norbiton in 2013.

Jez Tapano

Born : Easter Island
Lives : Plaistow
Favourite drink : Messy Monk IPA
Favourite food : Heritage carrots
Favourite hangout : Vine n Vinyl of course!

Nastya Petrov

Born : Vladivostock
​Lives : Harrow on the Hill
​Favourite drink : Dagenham Gin on the rocks
​Favourite food : Rare breed walrus
​Favourite hangout : Nina Saviceu gallery

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25 Responses

  1. Always a pleasure. X

  2. Jennilyn V. says:

    This is not my usual kind of read but it really sounds interesting. 🙂

  3. I’ve never been to London but this sounds like a fun read. I’d be googling away for sure.

  4. Jordanne Wilson says:

    I like the idea of this for a place, I really don’t like London that much generally but I’d be interested in reading this!

  5. Robyn Reo says:

    I actually saw this book and was thinking of reading it more for the tongue and cheek info about London. I think it would just be a thrill to read especially since I am supposed to be going to London on a vacation soon.

  6. Manon says:

    London is one of my favorite cities. This sounds like a fun read!

  7. Kiss Like a Girl says:

    This sounds like a super fun read, I just might pick it up if I ever find myself planning another trip to London.

  8. Stormi says:

    I’m not familiar with London at all, so I’d be hitting up Google quite a bit!

  9. Tasha says:

    Fabulous review. I have added it to my TBR

  10. DJ Sakata says:

    I wasn’t sure about this one – glad to see your review

  11. Allie Bock says:

    This book sounds like so much fun! I have never been to London so it may be lost on me.

  12. Nikki says:

    It sounds like a fun read, I enjoy good tongue in cheek!

  13. Great review, this book is not my kind of book that I read but I’m really glad you enjoy it though. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

  14. Thanks. It is an unusual read as it is a spoof book, it is also really interesting too.

  15. It was a fun read. If you have never been you would definitely be like me and be googling away.

  16. London is a very hit and miss place. I’m a fan of a few areas and not of others. This book is just all fun though.

  17. If you are going to London soon I would definitely recommend reading this. Will give you a few laughs. Hope you have a great time on your vacation.

  18. It was a fun read and if you love London you will see the fun in this book.

  19. It was a fun read and I agree if you visit again give this book a read too.

  20. Just like me googling away. 🙂

  21. Thank you. I hope you enjoy it.

  22. Thanks. You would probably giggle away at it.

  23. Possibly, but I don’t know London that well and it was a fun read, so might be okay for you.

  24. You would probably love this then, it is most certainly tongue in cheek.