Book Giveaway - The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise

Posted by Amy D on September 21, 2010 at 10:00:00 AM EDT | Post a Comment

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners:

  • @glorialin
  • @dalmatian1011
  • OceanBreeze1
  • lsdourte
  • bluestar

Our editors will be contacting you shortly to send you your prize.

Original post:

We're giving away 5 copies of The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise by Julia Stuart, a whimsical novel set in the Tower of London. Stuart's second novel is filled with the humor and heart that calls to mind the delightful novels of Alexander McCall Smith, and the charm and beauty of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

To enter our giveaway, tell us which London attraction you'd most like to visit and why. For inspiration, be sure to check out our London travel guide.

Tweet your answer to @fodorstravel or leave a comment below for your chance to win. Winners will be announced on Monday September 27.

The Rules

  • Offer applies to U.S. residents 18 years or older only
  • One free book will be awarded to each of five randomly-selected participants
  • Offer expires at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday September 26
  • Limit one entry per person
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  • uptowngirl2418 on Sep 26, 10 at 10:48 PM

    Definitely Tower of London. My friend's husband is an airline pilot, so we had planned a trip to Paris. The trick was flying standby and after 2 days in the airport waiting for an open seat we ended up in London instead. We bought a guidebook in Victorica station and tried to decide what to do and see. It was my first trip out of the US and all I wanted to do was see castles. I love English history. We tried to see Windsor Castle and Tower of London in the same day. We managed a lovely morning/afternoon at Windsor. After wrong trains, encounters with the "train police" and wrong bus stops, we finally made it to the Tower only 1 hour before closing. As we were running to the entrance in the rain, I lost my balance and fell. I limped around at the Tower completely amazed and promised myself a trip back. I need to spend more time there.

  • amwyks on Sep 26, 10 at 06:38 PM

    I loved visiting the Victoria and Albert museum. Who could beat that Chihuly chandelier? Plus the fashion and jewelry exhibits will keep you interested for hours. They also have great exhibitions - I just checked and they're doing a whole exhibit on Peter Rabbit! How great!

  • bluestar on Sep 26, 10 at 12:04 PM

    Sawyer's Hill in Richmond Park - check out this photo:

    I have never been to that particular spot and think it would be a great place to take in the skyline, shoot some photos and perhaps have a picnic.

  • lazuliangel on Sep 25, 10 at 09:45 PM

    I'd been to London before as a teenager and was always anxious to return. So when, in 2009, the spring break trip to Hawaii my best friend and I had originally planned fell through, we sat, half-amused, as the travel agent at the student centre suggested London instead. Why not? It seemed like a great thing to do: go to a cold, rainy city in the middle of March when everyone else would be donning swimsuits and frying their backsides off. We arrived there--and it was drizzling, naturally--but had hours left before we could check into our Notting Hill hotel. I sneakily formulated a plan, grabbed her wrist and said, "Let's go." She was hesitant, but agreed. I will never, ever forget her face when we arrived at Portobello Road, the belated sun casting its rays on Alice. To this day, it remains one of my top five travel memories.

  • Dorgal on Sep 24, 10 at 03:36 PM

    I loved all the shopping and antique fairs......and Westminster Abby was amazing !

  • just_wingit on Sep 24, 10 at 12:51 PM

    I am leaving for London tomorrow! LOL. Got tickets for the Ceremony of the Keys. Can't wait!

  • rhsu on Sep 24, 10 at 08:34 AM

    The British Museum holds my fascination w/ the world's treasures

  • lsdourte on Sep 23, 10 at 10:36 PM

    Oh, London! I love London. It was our first holiday destination outside the USA. I took my grandson, and had the most amazing time. I have since returned with several other of my grandchildren, and everytime is just a bit better! We love the Hop on Hop off bus tours, the London Eye is fantastic, the London Museum rates an entire day, seeing Big Ben, walking across Tower Bridge, and reinacting the Beatles on Abbey Rd. are some of our favorites, but by far my little ones and I LOVE the Tower of London. The Tower's history enthralls young children and grandmothers, both. Kids can wear off energy going up and down stairs, and take a quiet moment in the chapel or looking at the Crown Jewels. With so much to do and see, London is for everyone!

  • ruthiekb72 on Sep 23, 10 at 07:26 PM

    I have never been so I would like to see it ALL! Tower of London, Westminster Abby, Big Ben...all of the touristy sites I can!

  • OceanBreeze1 on Sep 23, 10 at 02:53 PM

    Historical Pub Walk: South Bank, The Thames, Bloomsbury, Old Bailey Criminal Court, The British Museum! Wow! Can't wait! Also want to see Tate Modern & so many other things! B-)

  • whatsnewpcat on Sep 23, 10 at 01:50 PM

    I love London (well, I'm a big Anglophile, so anything UK related works for me!), but have only been once, with my hubby back in 2001. We had a little less than a week and saw lots of sights. Some that stand out 9 years later...British Museum, National Gallery, the Tower, the Cabinet War Rooms, Original Walking Tours of London (we did the Jack the Ripper tour and it was awesome!)...where I wish we had enough time to get to and I want to see on our next trip is Hampton Court, being a history buff of the Tudor age (and no, not because of that silly Showtime show), would love to see one of sights so closely associated with that time.

  • agomba on Sep 23, 10 at 11:06 AM

    I have wanted to visit London for at least 20 years. The culture, history, and architecture are things that I dream about. If I had to choose a specific site to visit, it would be the Tower of London. The history, Royal Menagerie, Crown Jewels, etc... would truly make the trip! It would be amazing to be surrounded by all of the history.

  • angelicmaria on Sep 23, 10 at 10:34 AM

    I've never been to London, but my mother was an artist and I've had these old books of hers about the National Gallery and the British Museum since I was a little girl and those are the places I most want to see. And to have tea - one must have tea in London!

  • Glennis_LeBlanc on Sep 23, 10 at 09:55 AM

    The National Gallery has a small gallery that is only open a few hours a week that I missed not knowing about it my last visit. I would like to see what I missed the last time I was there.

  • rng888 on Sep 22, 10 at 03:54 AM

    Def. Tower of London for its history and significance.

  • ao23 on Sep 21, 10 at 10:40 PM

    I have been to London many times but always return to Westminster Abbey. Inside and out, a fantastic place.

  • texasbookworm on Sep 21, 10 at 08:05 PM

    Pick only one?! Well, I suppose the Tower of London, not only because of the history at the site but also because it location along the Thames affords great people- and city-watching venues.

  • akrobat on Sep 21, 10 at 03:56 PM

    I have been to London many times and have seen much of the city. However, I have been since my daughter was born. As a result, my focus is now a bit different than the first few times I visited. I would like to take her to the Princess Diana Memorial Playground so she can enjoy herself, while I (attempt to) teach her a little bit about Princess Diana. I would also like to visit some of the city farms to experience all that the London urban farms have to offer.

  • ileen on Sep 21, 10 at 02:19 PM

    London is one of the greatest cities of the world. I would love to spend time at the Westminster Abbey, a church that is full of the history of the British. It has many sections that are almost like a museum because one can see the section where the kings were crowned. Some are buried next to the High Altar. There are even areas where some poets and writers are buried or memorialized such as Chaucer and Shakespeare. There is so much to learn there and thus want to visit again.

  • Lindazenk on Sep 21, 10 at 01:47 PM

    The most interesting historical place in the world is The Tower of London. Full of history, jewels, murder, executions and full of ghosts!!

  • LauraSell on Sep 21, 10 at 01:39 PM

    I would like to walk in Hyde Park and see the homes in Berkeley Square because they are so often featured in the regency novels I like.

  • bennnie on Sep 21, 10 at 01:14 PM

    I love London's antique markets, especially on Portobello Rd. I spent a beautiful spring day there poking through the stalls and shops. There was a very lively atmosphere with music and lots of shoppers. I picked up some wonderful dog prints and bits of jewelry to bring home. My trip to London was for business and carried me through a weekend. Portebello Rd was the perfect start for my one chance to see a bit of London. From there I went to Kings Cross Station - needed some photographs for the Harry Potter fans at home. Corny and silly but what the heck - still fun.

  • annettetx on Sep 21, 10 at 11:25 AM

    London is my favorite city in the world, so naming one attraction I'd most like to visit is tough! If I have to choose, though, I would want to spend and entire day at Hampton Court Palace, because of the variety of things to see -- the Chapel Royal, the Royal Tennis Court, and the hedge maze are some of my favorites. After walking all over the palace, sitting down with a cup of tea from the cafe and admiring the workmanship in the decorative brick chimneys would be the perfect way to end the day!

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