Posted by: hiddenlondon | September 3, 2013

London Books – The West End Front


The West End Front by Matthew Sweet is an examination of a surprisingly unexamined part of London’s history.  Just what went on behind the front doors of London’s grand hotels during the Second World War?

European royalty mingled with spies, while the Italian waiters were interned and communists lay claim to shelter in the basement.  All life was there, but it’s not the wartime London you thought you knew.  A fascinating insight into one of London’s hidden secrets.



  1. thanks for the introduction to this book – not familiar with it – will have to give it a read.

    • Yes, it’s an interesting new angle.

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