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Books need to be beautiful to compete with digital rivals. A top designer explains how and focuses on four covers...


When the Huguenots fled France in the 17th century many ended up in England, and their craftsmanship helped Clerkenwell become the centre of clockmaking.


Written off by her teachers, Sally Gardner is now a bestselling children’s author and outspoken campaigner on education.


London's livery companies go back to medieval times. Here’s our guide to EC1 guilds' halls…


It’s one of the most terrible events in the history of the capital – the onslaught of the Great Plague, which took hold around this time of year in 1665.


Four decades after moving to Clerkenwell, 79-year-old family firm Robert Hale is still publishing an eclectic list of titles ranging from Jane Austen and equestrian books to horror classic Psycho.


Did you know there's a salvage store next to a Tube tunnel beneath the Barbican, where residents can get original door handles and light fittings?


Close-run contests, scandal-hit MPs... With a General Election on the horizon, we see how our constituency, Islington South & Finsbury, sizes up on the political map


A radical, rake and reformer, John Wilkes remains a hero for lovers of liberty 290 years after his birth in Clerkenwell.


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