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The Travelling Reader

Check out previous boxes from the London Travelling Reader subscription boxes and see what great books and fantastic products from London companies we have included in past editions.
 

15th edition

Belgravia is mostly in the City of Westminster, within the boundaries of London. It is to the south west of Buckingham Palace with Hyde Park to the north.

Beginning in 1826 and completed by the 1840s, the area was developed by Thomas Cubitt, a property contractor who built many grand white stucco houses around Belgrave Square and Eaton Square and who is mentioned in the book. The area has always been one of London's most affluent and fashionable residential districts and so it is we begin our grand London reading journey this month with a visit to this upmarket district.

Happy London reading journey.

  • Paperback, Belgravia by Julian Fellowes

  • Bellevuetea tea

  • Panorama riverside booklet

  • Rococo Chocolates truffles

  • A London skyline scene from Dead Good Art

  • An exclusive bookmark

  • Photos inside your book

  • Tea Palace tea

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14th edition 

Our reading journey this month centers on the newspaper printing and publishing arena of Fleet Street in the thirties where Jacob Flint, a young reporter is caught up in a web of murder. And we also visit the affluent neighbourhood where Rachel Savernake, an amateur detective of sorts, wields her power in the crime world. Scotland Yard and the law courts of central London also feature as prominent places within our selected book and, although Gallows Court is a fictional place within the city, we are taken on a visit to real parts of London from Covent Garden to Lincoln's Inn and are even treated to a trip to Southend, a short hop from the city to the coast.

  • Paperback, Gallows Court

  • Gourmet fudge from Rococo of London

  • Darjeeling tea (mentioned in the book) from The Tea Palace of London

  • London-based The Naked Herb lavender soap and body butter

  • Exclusive bookmark

  • Photos of London

  • Personalised postcard

13th edition

Whitechapel in East London, now an up-and-coming area close to Shoreditch and the City, was once know as a poor area where working-class families were crammed into filthy and overcrowded slums.

With the Whitechapel murders of Jack the Ripper, it became infamous for prostitution and criminal activity.

This London reading journey takes us back to just prior to this time, when crime was savage and suspicion ran high. Visit Newgate prison, the Old Bailey, Covent Garden, and other parts of London with the protagonist, Cage Lackmann. And even take a trip to Gravesend, along the River Thames.

Remember as you go, 'Death is not the worst thing' (page 266).

  • Hardback, The Graves of Whitechapel by Claire Evans

  • Tea Palace of London, Breakfast Tea

  • Love Cocoa of London, chocolate bar

  • London candle tea light holder and tea light

  • Exclusive skull hook bookmark

  • Letter from the author 

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Tenth edition 

This month's reading will take you to Victorian London in an atmospheric tale of delusion, obsession, and love. In this Gothic masterpiece, we encounter Iris, a young

would-be artist and Silas, a lonely taxidermist, both living within the teeming city. We visit many famous landmarks within the book's pages including Regent's Park, the National Gallery, the British Museum, and the scene of The Great Exhibition of 1851, the Crystal Palace at Hyde Park. As this dark story unfolds, we invite you to lose yourself in this journey within the capital.

  • Paperback, The Doll Factory

  • London Tea Company, Pure Peppermint

  • Keats of London, chocolate truffle box

  • Amelia Apothecary of London, lavender candle

  • Amelia Apothecary bath salts

  • Exclusive bookmark

  • Photos of London

  • Personalised postcard

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Ninth edition

Although Deptford was in the county of Kent at one stage, it was always a borough which was close to London and is now part of this sprawling city. 

The once crime-ridden dockyards at Deptford, by the side of the River Thames, is this month's book setting and was the site of ship building and slave trading for centuries. In this novel, we can visit eighteenth century London and experience the corruption and murder, which went alongside the slave trade, with vivid scenes and description that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

We'd like to invite you to take your reading journey this month into this dark and foreboding world and to feel the suspense in this brilliant debut novel from Laura Shepherd-Robinson.

  •  Paperback, Blood and Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson

  • Lomond coffee from Deptford

  • Exclusive bookmark and earrings

  • Leather-bourd journal

  • London biscuits

  • Letter from the author 

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Eighth edition 

Set in and around the area of Clapham Common, a large triangular parkland of 220 acres in the town of Clapham, south London, this book is a tale of a family loyalties in the aftermath of World War 2. Inside its boundaries, the park has three ponds and a Victorian bandstand. Around the common, there are Victorian and Edwardian homes in which secrets can be kept which will take years to uncover. We take a reading journey with some native London characters and with Krista, a newcomer who is experiencing a strange new life in an unfamiliar - and unwelcoming - country.

  • Paperback, The New Mrs Clifton by Elizabeth Buchan

  • Clapham Common Mug

  • Mr Stanley's of London Tiffin Fudge

  • Tea Rations Breakfast Tea - 40 teabags

  • London-based The Naked Herb lavender soap

  • Exclusive bookmark

  • Photos of London

  • Letter from the author

  • Personalised postcard

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Seventh edition

This box will take you on a reading journey to within the vast expanse of one of London's 'Magnificent Seven'. Highgate Cemetery. This Victorian burial ground is one of the settings from the novel and which is now home to over 170,000 'residents', some of them famous. We invite you to journey with us back in time to the cemetery in the early Edwardian reign as we sample the lives of some remarkable characters who face challenges in the new modern era.

  •  Paperback, Falling Angels by Tracey Chevalier

  • Chocolate from Raw Halo of London

  • The Tea Makers of London Assam tea

  • Exclusive bookmark

  • Feminist tea towel (book related)

  • Feminist pencils (book related)

  • Personalised postcard

  • Photos of Highgate

  • Letter from the author 

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Sixth edition 

Concentrating on the area around London Zoo and Regents Park, this novel takes on a London journey you will never forget with a cast of undeniably memorable characters. Readers are shown the city from the perspective of those who live in this great capital and from those who are strangers. In this London-centric tale, Macgregor weaves a story of family, love, loyalty and intrigue, bringing you into the heart of the city - we are positive you will be entralled.

  • Paperback, You Found Me by Virginia Macgregor

  • Chocolate bar from Raw Halo

  • Proper Peppermint tea from Joe's Tea Company of London

  • Exclusive bookmark

  • Exclusive earrings (book related) 

  • London print in a frame

  • Photos of London

  • Letter from the author

  • Personalised postcard

Only £35.99

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Fifth edition

Juxtaposing the upmarket suburbs such as Pimlico to the west of London with the poorer, bomb-damaged areas in the east of the capital, Chris Cleave takes us on a detailed tour of the country's most beloved city, spinning a tale of strength and love alongside a nation at war. Visiting the most famous landmarks including Trafalgar Square, the Embankment and the River Thames, Whitehall, Regent's Park, and Hampstead Heath, this novel is utterly brimming with London charm even in the midst of war and heartbreak.

  • Hardback, Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

  • Chocolate bar from London based company, Raw Halo

  • Joe's Tea Company of London: The Earl of Grey tea bags

  • Exclusive bookmark, Keep Calm and Carry On

  • London Borough of Jam Blackbery and Bay Leaves Jam

  • London tea towel and place mat

  • London photos

  • London tourist information

  • Personalised postcard

British book subscription box club

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