London: a settlement founded by the Romans, occupied by the Saxons, conquered by the Danes and ruled by the Normans. It swelled with industry and became the centre of the largest empire in history. And having risen from the rubble of the Blitz, it is now one of the greatest cities in the world.
From the prehistoric occupants of the Thames Valley to the preoccupied commuters of today, and with his trademark colour and authority, Simon Jenkins shows above all how London has taken shape over more than two thousand years. He masterfully explains the battles that determined how London was conceived and built – and especially the perennial conflict between money and power. Based in part on his experiences of and involvement in the events that shaped the post-war city, Fascinating for locals and visitors alike, this is narrative history at its finest, from the most ardent protector of our heritage.