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A fantastic flap book that takes children on a journey through London from ancient times to today. Fabulous scenes show London in Roman times, in the Middle Ages, at the time of the Plague and during the Blitz, and each scene has flaps to lift to reveal historical secrets.
Includes simple, informative text and picture labels, and internet links to websites to find out more. With over 80 flaps to lift.

Book information

Key Stage
KS1/2 G/H
ISBN: 9780746077535
Extent: 16 pages
Dimensions: 276 x 216mm
Rob Lloyd Jones
Barry Ablett

Reader reviews

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“See Inside London”
This is an amazing book. I bought it for my nephew who is almost four and although the book has more advanced aspects for older ages the little flaps have kept him entertained all day and it makes a refreshing change to give him and read him a book that is so educational. It will no doubt be a favorite of his for the next few years. I am planning on buying more from the series for him as he was completely captivated with this one.

Press reviews

“A journey through London's history from Roman times to the present day, this book provides fantastic opportunities for developing children's speaking and thinking skills. The book brings home, in a very simple way, how architecture and daily life have changed over the centuries. It is also sturdy and well-made so would withstand the ravages of life in the classroom or school library.”
“For younger readers there are lots of intriguing flaps and historical spreads in Usborne’s Look Inside London. - Review of London-focussed books by Lesley Agnew, Children's Bookshop, Muswell Hill, London”
“London's changing face from Roman times to today is set out in eight carefully detailed spreads, incorporating over 80 flaps... It's an exciting peep back through time, and - don't be misled by the thick board pages- will interest most ages.”
“From the Ancient Romans' Londinium settlement to the modern iconic architecture, by way of plague and The Great Fire en route, there are plenty of interactive flaps to inspire your child to explore the vast history of our capital city.”
“Packed with fascinating snippets of information - just enough to whet children's appetites and encourage them to find out more about the fascinating history of our capital city.”
“A wonderfully informative and fun book which children can endlessly explore and learn from, and makes an ideal gift for inquisitive young minds!”


For links to specially selected websites with video clips and activities or a pronunciation guide for this book, visit the Usborne Quicklinks website.

Resources for this book

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