German brand Taschen has been publishing top quality books and catalogues for the last three decades. Whether it’s about art, design or photography, the Taschen products are always impeccable and make the perfect gift, but also an elegant add-on to a chic coffee table.

This hardcover copy of  London. Portrait of a city by Reuel Golden is a captivating story laid out in hundreds of photos compelled from archives all around the world, seasoned with quotes, essays and short stories about the London life. From the Victorian Era to the recent Royal Wedding, after browsing its pages you will understand why London is such a magnet for fashion lovers, top financial consultants, tourists, career shoppers, party animals and humans in general.

After a few minutes with this Tachen book you will understand why English writer Samuel Johnson said to his friend in September 1777: “Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”

You can buy this collector’s book here.

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