Guide to the Good Life

Every bit as useful as your passport

Sir Francis Chichester's Guide to Good Living in London (Francis Chichester Limited) is only slightly larger than your passport—and every bit as useful. Since 1966, the little leather book has been the definitive source for tourist sites, comfortable hotels, exclusive long-stay apartments. But even Londoners carry it for the impeccable maps that offer tips on navigating the city, as well as for phone numbers of galleries, restaurants, theaters, and obscure services like helicopter rentals and suppliers of tickets to polo matches. Not to mention a wonderful shop guide for everything from the finest beef Wellington (Lidgate) to the queen's favorite florist (Moyses Stevens).