There are buildings which have been lost, but also occupations, among them Crossing Sweepers, Death Hunters (early sensationalist journalists) and Dog Finders (although I have a feeling "dog-napping" might still be a lucrative, if not very popular, occupation!). The Frost Fairs, held on the ice on the rare occasions when the River Thames froze over, are also mentioned, along with the years, starting in 1150, when they were held.
Some of the lost things are not missed, such as plague pits. It was interesting to read that still today when new construction is begun, excavations frequently turn up large numbers of human bones. Must make the life of the London construction worker a bit more lively than those who work elsewhere! The old horrific Fleet Prison, so vividly described by Charles Dickens, is also better off being relegated to the pages of history, as is the appropriately named Execution Dock.
I would have liked to have seen some of the locations built strictly for entertainment, though. The Colosseum in Regents Park, described as having a dome larger than that of St. Paul's Cathedral, must have been a sight to see.
The book is packed with many interesting facts and contains many beautiful black and white drawings which help to give the book a feeling of historical charm. All in all, this book gives the reader an appreciation of the older parts of London that managed to survive at all!
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Lost London from the publisher in exchange for this review.
Final Verdict for Lost London: Four Gherkins, for being a fascinating look at a vanished past