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Made in London


by Carmel King & Mark Brearley

published by Merrell


Walking through London’s busy streets, you would not imagine that the city boasts one of the world’s most diverse manufacturing scenes. But throughout its 32 boroughs, people are making propellers, bicycles, ballet shoes, military uniforms, cardboard packaging, neon signs, umbrellas, chocolate truffles, craft beer and much more.

Today there are around 4,000 manufacturers based in Greater London, building on the city’s rich heritage of making. This book provides a fascinating glimpse behind the doors of London’s making and manufacturing companies: the processes and spaces that are so often hidden from view, and the people who work there, from sole traders to workforces numbering in the hundreds.

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Nick Smith, Engineering and Technology

Brearley makes these points as a prelude to a celebration of the metal spinners, paint producers, mannequin manufacturers, gunmakers, foundries, lift fabricators and 65 precision-engineering workshops, which remind us that the UK capital’s past is also its future. As we tour the 50 or so businesses that feature in ‘Made in London’, the accompanying text is handled deftly by Clare Dowdy, whose prose bristles with insight. But the star of the show is Carmel King’s photography that from the first page to the last is a superb evocation of London’s engineering creativity.

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