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How many times have you been to London and still not heard a concert at Wigmore Hall? Or visited Prince Henry's Room in Fleet Street, a 400-year-old repository for the works of diarist Samuel Pepys? Or seen the final resting place of 19th century populist philosopher Jeremy Bentham, still sitting in his chair at University College?

Aimed at study-abroad students but useful even to seasoned travelers, "The Student's Guide to London" (McDonald & Woodward, $17.95 paperback), by Larry Lain and Jeff Griffin, can help you scout offbeat and rewarding experiences in the British capital.

Lain and Griffin, both communications professors at the University of Dayton, are frequent London visitors (19 trips between them, as tourists and as teachers in the university's study-abroad program). One of their favorite discoveries is the 60-year-old Roof Gardens, situated 100 feet above the busy Kensington High Street shopping district. "It's a fairyland filled with fountains, well-manicured lawns, decorative grasses, flowers that bloom even in December, bridges over quiet ponds stocked with large goldfish, mature trees, and pink flamingos," says Lain.

Columbus Dispatch
Dec. 27, 1998

Thinking about traveling to London to see the Globe Theater and Buckingham Palace?

Larry Lain and Jeff Griffin think that's great, but they don't want you to miss the city's 60-year-old roof gardens, the beautiful Wigmore Hall or the Bakelite Museum, which features hundreds of plastic items from many years past.

The two University of Dayton communications professors have written a guidebook, The Student's Guide to London ($17.95, McDonald & Woodward) to assist travelers.

They have both been to London many times and they know what sites the students on their study trips have liked best and where they have learned the most.

Among the bits of advice in the book: Scout the neighborhood where you're staying to find the inexpensive pubs. Take along your journal as you stop to relax, to jot down your thoughts. And make sure to get a quick nap when you get there, to avoid jet lag.

But the seasoned travelers admit there's a lot they don't know – a lot of places they still haven't discovered in the city.