The London Encyclopaedia

The London Encyclopaedia, first published in 1983,[1] is a 1100-page historical reference work[2] on the United Kingdom's capital city, London. The encyclopaedia covers the Greater London area.

The London Encyclopaedia, third edition, 2008.


The first edition of the encyclopaedia was compiled over a number of years by antiquarian bookseller Ben Weinreb[3] and by the historian Christopher Hibbert, and was revised in 1993, 1995, and 2008.[1] It has around 5,000 articles, supported by two indices—one general and one listing people, each of about 10,000 entries—and is published by Macmillan.

In 2012, an app was developed by Heuristic-Media, and released as London—A City Through Time.[1][2] Toby Evetts and Simon Reeves, partners in Heuristic-Media, discussed the development of the app with The Guardian in 2013, describing how 4,500 entries had to be plotted onto a guide map by hand.[3]


The encyclopaedia builds on a number of earlier publications,[4] including:

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  1. ^ a b c Jones, Philip (5 July 2012). "New app 'reinvents' London Encyclopaedia". The Bookseller. London. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b "A unique guidebook: The city beckons - A multimedia compendium of 2,000 years". The Economist. 30 June 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  3. ^ a b "How we made the London: A City Through Time app". the Guardian. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  4. ^ Wilder, Robyn (24 August 2014). "11 Rather Splendid Facts You May Not Have Known About London". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 16 September 2014.

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