Our guides

This is the London ebook guide realized by the OpenCityGuides Project. We realize user-friendly ebook extracting content from open sources on the world wide web. Why buying an awkward paper guide when you can have an easy and interactive one on your smartphone or tablet? Our guides are both cheap and complete, and offer a more advanced user experience compared with the traditional ones. And, last but not least, they are under an open content license.

Open content: what does it mean?[1]

Open content or OpenContent is a neologism coined by David Wiley in 1998 which describes a creative work that others can copy or modify. The term evokes open source software, which is a related concept in software.

When the term OpenContent was first used by Wiley, it described works licensed under the Open Content License (a non-free share-alike license, see ‘Free content’ below) and perhaps other works licensed under similar terms. It has since come to describe a broader class of content without conventional copyright restrictions. The openness of content can be assessed under the ‘4Rs Framework’ based on the extent to which it can be reused, revised, remixed and redistributed by members of the public without violating copyright law. Unlike open source and free content, there is no clear threshold that a work must reach to qualify as ‘open content’.

Although open content has been described as a counterbalance to copyright, open content licenses rely on a copyright holder’s power to license their work.

The city

Noisy, vibrant and truly multicultural, London is a megalopolis of people, ideas and frenetic energy. The capital and largest city of the United Kingdom, it is also the largest city in Western Europe and the European Union. Situated on the River Thames in South-East England, Greater London has an official population of a little over 8 million, but the estimate of between 12 and 14 million people in the greater metropolitan area better reflects its size and importance. Considered one of the world’s leading “global cities”, London remains an international capital of culture, music, education, fashion, politics, finance and trade.

Editor and publisher

This guide is edited by the OpenCityGuides staff, a group of Italian experts in e-publishing and web development.


Ledizioni – innovative publishing is an Italian publisher mostly devoted to digital publications.


Copyright notice and license

Concept and editing are copyright 2013 by OpenCityGuides Project. Content is taken from and is copyright 2013 by Wikivoyage community. Specific credits and licenses are provided in the footnotes. Cover image is by Diliff / Jjtkk (see details).

This guide, as a derivative work of Wikivoyage, is released under a Creative Commons Attribution – Share Alike 3.0 unported license; the complete text of the license is availbale at