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Liquid HistoryBy Liquid History
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Liquid HistoryBy Liquid History
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£1,745
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, January 5 2019 5:32 PM UTC +00:00.

About

After 20 years of frequenting London pubs, and over 7 years of guiding historic walks to the finest in town, this is our pantheon of pubs. A 200 page love letter to the Great British boozer from London's leading pub tour guides.

With over 3,500 pubs still trading we've curated the 50 or so we think you really should have a pint in before you die. Whether a lifelong Londoner or merely passing through, each pub is a unique cornerstone to not only the streetscape but perfectly bookending a great thwack of London history.

From literary legends frequented by Dickens, Thomas & Orwell to backstreet boozers far from the maddening crowds there is something here for the competitive elbow-bender or armchair enthusiast. 

Ever wondered where to find the narrowest pub in London, what's considered by some to be Shakespeare's local, or where the Great Train Robbery was plotted? You'll find them here...and more. 

With timeless bespoke illustrations for each pub, and associated pub signage this book we believe is the first of its kind

  • Foreword by eminent historian Dan Cruickshank (TBC)
  • +50 classic London pubs covered in hardback
  • +50 bespoke illustrations (By Emma Majury)
  • Book design by Pearlfisher
  • Chapters to include: Literary Legends, Thameside Taverns, Backstreet Boozers, Architectural Icons, Legendary Locals, Temples of Beer, Infamous Inns, The Fallen & The Most Exclusive Pub In London
  • Bespoke maps to navigate pub tourers across London
  • Directory of best pub by tube stations in Zone 1-2
  • Overview of pub names & glossary of drinking etymology 
  • +200 pages of quirky history & practical advice
  • Each entry has other "Nearby & Noteworthy" pubs worth a visit, and attractions of historical note to make a day of it "When In Rome"
  • Permission to print George Orwell's vision of the perfect pub "The Moon Under Water" in full

The funding helps bring the project to fruition after a couple of years "researching", curating and sketching. It covers the professional book design, proof reading, celebrity foreword and general publication costs to get this book out & about hopefully inspiring people to pop down the local. 

Cheers! 

"But when you have lost your Inns drown your empty selves, for you will have lost the last of England." Hilaire Beloc

Risks and challenges

The book is nearly ready to go, with full copy and design 99% finished. We still have 5% of the pubs to illustrate by hand, but we hope to send to publishers in December ready for early 2019 delivery. With some of the pubs serving good times for over 300 years, all good things really do come to those that wait.

The book design is by renowned design agency Pearlfisher & printing by high quality printer Livonia

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