All the latest from Only In Guides including new editions, press reviews and associated articles.




Book Signing

submitted Monday 14th of October 2019 09:45:49 AM

Happy to be signing some of my Only In Guides at Hatchards Piccadilly recently. Said to be the UK's oldest bookshop and definitely one of London's finest.


Krakow Photos

submitted Wednesday 11th of September 2019 11:05:54 AM

Photos for the new Only in Krakow guidebook are now available to view (prices for usage available on request).


Curious Cities - Budapest

submitted Saturday 31st of August 2019 05:25:53 PM

Do you enjoy a dose of art and archaeology with your travels? Then the fascinating Timeless Travels magazine is for you. The spring 2019 issue continues a new regular feature - Curious Cities - featuring a selection of recommendations from the Only In Guides. Now it's the turn of Budapest.


Charming Book

submitted Tuesday 4th of June 2019 12:19:58 PM

David Albury in The Edinburgh Reporter describes Only in Edinburgh as a charming book that caters for all types of readers.


Curious Cities - Prague

submitted Monday 3rd of June 2019 10:03:28 AM

Do you enjoy a dose of art and archaeology with your travels? Then the fascinating Timeless Travels magazine is for you. The spring 2019 issue continues a new regular feature - Curious Cities - featuring a selection of recommendations from the Only In Guides. Now it's the turn of Prague.


Edinburgh Out Now

submitted Friday 17th of May 2019 02:12:48 PM

The revised 2nd edition of Only in Edinburgh is now available in shops, including Waterstones and Blackwells.


Dream, Book and Travel

submitted Sunday 14th of April 2019 10:20:58 AM

A pleasure to spend a few happy hours with Anca Tigan of Dream, Book and Travel discussing travel, travel writing and the joys of exploring Vienna on foot. Anca offers an inspiring travel Blog as well as expert advice on customised travel itineraries.


Only in Edinburgh 2nd Edition

submitted Wednesday 20th of March 2019 01:41:21 PM

Just published! A revised 2nd edition of Only in Edinburgh, described by Timeless Travels magazine as "a most delightful guide". Secret gardens and haunted theatres, mysterious monuments and unexpected underworlds, industrial relics and unusual places of worship.


Scotland Magazine - Exploring Edinburgh

submitted Monday 18th of March 2019 04:57:02 PM

The Spring 2019 issue of SCOTLAND magazine is exploring Edinburgh. It includes a handful of locations extracted from the new 2nd edition of Only in Edinburgh, including mysterious Gilmerton Cove and the Morningside Wild West.


Curious Cities - Zurich

submitted Monday 18th of March 2019 04:41:53 PM

Do you enjoy a dose of art and archaeology with your travels? Then the fascinating Timeless Travels magazine is for you. The spring 2019 issue continues a new regular feature - Curious Cities - featuring a selection of recommendations from the Only In Guides. Now it's the turn of Zurich.


London Praised!

submitted Sunday 10th of February 2019 12:41:40 PM

The Spring 2019 issue of BRITAIN magazine, winner of Best Consumer Holiday Magazine 2018, has praised Only in London. The reviewer encourages readers to "Set out on a unique expedition with this refreshing alternative guide to the capital’s hidden corners".



Only in Zurich 3rd Edition

submitted Wednesday 23rd of January 2019 09:27:41 AM

Just published! A revised 3rd edition of Only in Zurich, one of the very few dedicated guides to the Swiss city. Forget the banks, the clean streets and the punctuality. Discover instead Roman ruins and medieval walls, curious museums and secret gardens, quirky shops and converted factories.


Vienna in The Telegraph

submitted Saturday 15th of December 2018 10:58:03 AM

In his article How Singing Mozart in Vienna Changed my Life, The Telegraph travel writer Adrian Bridge describes Only in Vienna as "an invaluable guide to the city's hidden corners". Adrian spent time in the city as part of a choir preparing to sing Mozart's Requiem at the exact hour of the composer's death in 1791.


Curious Cities - Hamburg

submitted Wednesday 12th of December 2018 11:21:33 AM

Do you enjoy a dose of art and archaeology with your travels? Then the fascinating Timeless Travels magazine is for you. The winter 2018 issue sees a new regular feature - Curious Cities - featuring a selection of recommendations from the Only In Guides. First off is Hamburg.


Informative and Engaging

submitted Wednesday 5th of December 2018 02:39:21 PM

A very nice review for Only in Boston by travel writer and blogger Stuart Forster of Stuart describes the book as "informative and engaging" and approves of how it goes "beyond the obvious...providing some great nuggets of information about the city's heritage and attractions".


Travel Awards 2018

submitted Monday 5th of November 2018 09:41:34 AM

My Only in Boston has been highly commended at the British Guild of Travel Writers' Awards 2018 staged at the Savoy Hotel in London. There was stiff competition from publishing giants such as Bradt Travel Guides, so as an independently written and published work, the book did very well. It is great to be acknowledged by one's peers in this way.


Boston Reviewed

submitted Saturday 1st of September 2018 01:20:24 PM

"Another execellent book in an excellent series", says


Only In Guides Bookmark

submitted Tuesday 24th of July 2018 05:41:28 PM

This new Only In Guides bookmark is now available. Get a couple of them free of charge in return for an Only In Guides Amazon review or Social Media posting. Email a link to your review or post together with your postal address. The bookmarks will be sent immediately.


A Bend in the River

submitted Thursday 12th of July 2018 10:30:16 AM

Urban explorer Duncan JD Smith has a real knack for mapping the lesser-known parts of cities, discovering aspects of urban history which most visitors miss. In a special piece for Hidden Europe magazine Duncan explores one loop of the River Thames just upstream from London.


Ideal Edinburgh Companion

submitted Thursday 12th of July 2018 10:20:34 AM

A nice review of Only in Edinburgh provided by Colin Baird aka The Cycling Scot. Colin writes that "this book is the ideal companion. It reveals many of Edinburgh's secrets and hidden gems, so is much more interesting than a standard guide. There is a lifetime of exploring contained within these pages. The text is highly engaging and full of fascinating facts."


More Hidden Corners of London

submitted Friday 15th of June 2018 04:15:42 PM

Further extracts from the book Only in London in the Summer 2018 issue of Black + Green magazine. This time the joy of eating the East End delicacy Pie'n'Mash and the story of how Sherlock Holmes' fictional residence became real and caused a furore.


Bookshop Presentation

submitted Thursday 17th of May 2018 07:05:26 PM

Thanks to everyone at Shakespeare Booksellers in Vienna for inviting me to present my Only In Guides to their customers recently. It was great fun and an honour to speak in one of the great English-language bookshops abroad.



Boston Gems

submitted Thursday 17th of May 2018 08:30:50 AM

A positive review of the recently-published Only in Boston from Rich Kaszeta at Rich lives not far from Boston and knows the city well. He describes the book as well-researched, full of little gems, and with good photos, which all makes for an ideal city walking guide.


Praise for Boston

submitted Sunday 29th of April 2018 10:36:22 PM

Recent reviews praising Only in Boston includes one from Margaret Bald (author of From the Sahara to Samarkand) acclaiming the book's "focus on less famous places: old and new architectural treasures; the remains of the city’s industrial and maritime past; cultural, scientific, sports, and culinary landmarks; and discoveries on walks in Boston’s diverse neighborhoods...there's no better guide than this one". Another from Max Grinnell ( describes it as "Another triumph. The granular detail, along with your gift for storytelling, is remarkable."


A Night at Burg Bernstein

submitted Tuesday 13th of March 2018 06:51:12 PM

Spend a night at Burg Bernstein, the magical castle-cum-hotel in Austria's Burgenland, where László Almásy (the original 'English Patient' of book and film fame) was born, in this new article for Hidden Europe Magazine.


Boston in Timeless Travels

submitted Tuesday 27th of February 2018 10:59:14 AM

The Spring 2018 issue of Timeless Travels magazine includes a 14-page article about the hidden corners of Boston. Adapted from the recently-published Only in Boston, it celebrates the Great Boston Molasses Flood, visits the surgical theatre where ether was first used, uncovers what's left of Boston's maritime industry, reveals the unique Mapparium at the Christian Science Center, and winds up in Cambridge at the leafy Mount Auburn Cemetery, the first garden cemetery in America.



A Book Made to Last

submitted Monday 19th of February 2018 10:33:02 AM

A well-considered review of Only in Cologne by book-lover Laura Puente at Books and Earl Grey. She favourably describes it as "an authoritative guide... Unusually for a travel guide, the personal voice of the author comes through, revealing a deep interest in the places explored and in sharing the experience. The style of writing is clear and engaging...The guide is very attractive visually".


Hidden Corners of London

submitted Friday 16th of February 2018 10:10:34 AM

A couple of chapters from the book Only in London featured in the Spring 2018 issue of Black + Green Magazine (the London Necropolis Railway, which once ferried corpses and mourners between Waterloo and Surrey, and the Kirkaldy Testing Museum, a Victorian works where metal for bridges and aircraft were tested).



"Only in Boston" - Out Now!

submitted Friday 19th of January 2018 04:30:42 PM

The new guidebook Only in Boston is now available. Discover the city's Revolutionary history, visionary urban planning and world-class cultural institutions with this explorer’s guide to the Massachusetts’ capital. Colonial-era relics and heritage trails, industrial remains and ethnic enclaves, hallowed universities and contemporary art spaces. The 12th volume in the series, "Only in Boston" is available now from bookshops and online.


Not Your Usual Budapest Guide

submitted Monday 15th of January 2018 10:59:27 PM

Only in Budapest was selected by as one of their 12 best guides to the city. They describe the book as "not your usual guide" and state that the author "visited the city’s often-forgotten landmarks in all of its 23 districts, including the huge metal statue of the Turul Bird beside the Royal Palace, Buda’s Bauhaus buildings, the subterranean SzemlĹ‘-hegyi cave system, and Pest’s secret courtyards. The book also introduces Hungarian cuisine and classic hangouts to try it. With extensive historical explanations and clearly marked maps, it is a good pick for people with a keen desire to learn about Budapest beyond its obvious attractions."


"Only in London" a fascinating introduction

submitted Tuesday 5th of December 2017 05:17:07 PM

A great review for Only in London from the people behind "In the last decade or so, there have been a large number of guidebooks that have followed a similar format exploring secret or hidden London. However, this book is more concerned about telling the ‘stories’ behind the location. Therefore we have a series of imaginative titles such as Pickled Toads and Dodo Bones, Foundlings and the Messiah, and Walking on Greta Garbo. In many of these ‘stories’, the author considers the historical, cultural and social context to understand a building, object or location. It is this level of detail that takes this book to a different level in comparison with its competitors. The author impressively weaves the past and present together to give a sense of change in the capital but also highlights the sense of continuity in London."


Perfect for independent cultural travellers!

submitted Tuesday 5th of December 2017 11:21:14 AM

Start planning your 2018 city adventures with the Only In Guides. Perfect for independent cultural travellers, and locals who want to find out more about their home.


New Only In Guides flyer now available to download

submitted Friday 24th of November 2017 12:56:43 PM



Edinburgh Highly Commended

submitted Sunday 8th of October 2017 05:35:28 PM

Only in Edinburgh has been highly commended at the British Guild of Travel Writers' Awards 2017 staged at the Savoy Hotel in London. There was stiff competition from publishing giants such as Bradt Travel Guides and Insight Guides, so as an independently written and published work, the book did very . It is great to be acknowledged by one's peers in this way.



Destination Vienna

submitted Thursday 31st of August 2017 10:53:45 AM

New York's Idlewild Books includes Only in Vienna in their list of best guides to the Austrian capital. They write that it contains "good secret corners and hidden treasures" and is part of "a great series".


Budapest sans pareil

submitted Wednesday 30th of August 2017 09:57:56 AM

A French-language edition of Only in Budapest has been released as Budapest sans pareil by Hungarian publisher Kelet-Nyugat. Thoroughly updated and containing many new photos, it is the perfect companion for independent cultural travellers. Bon voyage!


More good reviews for "Only in Edinburgh"

submitted Thursday 17th of August 2017 04:50:16 PM

"If you only buy one book for your visit to Edinburgh, this should be the one" says, whilst over in America the Daily Hampshire Gazette says "Smith’s book comes with hundreds of photos by the author, as well as a wealth of historical detail about Edinburgh."


Timeless Travels loves "Only in Edinburgh"

submitted Saturday 10th of June 2017 12:50:57 PM

Timeless Travels magazine describes Only in Edinburgh as "a most delightful guide and a great read…Full of unusual and quirky places to discover, its longer-than-usual guidebook entries give a great sense of the city and its history…Whether you want to follow in the footsteps of J K Rowling, discover secret gardens, uncover unusual places to eat or an Art Deco petrol station, the 103 mini essays give the reader the feeling of discovering the real Edinburgh and not just the well-known tourist spots…A must read for anyone visiting Edinburgh."


Paris: Cafes, Couture and Catacombs

submitted Wednesday 5th of April 2017 01:12:41 PM

A whistle-stop tour of Paris by fellow travel writer Carol Wright using Only in Paris as inspiration. Includes cafes, couture and catacombs, and concludes at the Caveau de la Huchette jazz cellar.


An ancient Edinburgh village

submitted Tuesday 7th of March 2017 02:53:25 PM

An article on Cramond Village, Edinburgh extracted from the recently Only in Edinburgh and published in the Spring 2017 issue of Hidden Europe magazine. Archaeologists have unearthed evidence for a Mesolithic campsite in Cramond from as early as 8500 BC. This makes it the earliest known site of human settlement in Scotland.


Get off the beaten track!

submitted Tuesday 28th of February 2017 09:11:35 AM

From ABNewsWire: Unique locations, hidden corners and unusual objects are the focus of the Only In Guides. Designed for independent cultural travelers, each volume reveals a European city from unusual and unsung perspectives: secret gardens, eccentric museums, unique shops, industrial relics, and unusual places of worship.


Only in Edinburgh Reviewed

submitted Tuesday 31st of January 2017 10:35:34 AM

Fellow offbeat traveller Rich Kaszeta favorably reviews Only in Edinburgh at He describes it as "a particularly useful and detailed guide...replete with all sorts of little details that are easy to miss" including a cemetery for soldiers' dogs, an abandoned railway tunnel used by cyclists, and a factory churning out red paper poppies for Remembrance Day.


An Interview with Travel Writer Duncan JD Smith

submitted Wednesday 25th of January 2017 11:13:16 AM

Author and publisher of the Only In Guides, Duncan JD Smith, in conversation with about inspirations and destinations, latest book "Only in Edinburgh", and how to avoid writer's block!


Mad about Monet

submitted Wednesday 25th of January 2017 10:11:55 AM

A nice review for Only in Paris from Janine Marsh at She writes that "the quirky, the strange, the surprising and the downright odd are all here and it makes for utterly riveting reading". The book has also inspired Janine to visit the Musée Marmottan, a private museum tucked away in the 16th Arrondissement, which boasts the world's best collection of works by Monet, including the painting that inspired the word 'Impressionism'.


Praise for "Only in Edinburgh"

submitted Tuesday 13th of December 2016 12:52:12 PM

Reviewers are being generous with their comments about Only in Edinburgh. The Undiscovered Scotland website calls it a "resounding success as a guidebook", fellow travel writer Mike Gerrard calls it "attractive and fascinating", and the US website Europe Up Close recommends the book as one its 2016 Gifts for Travelers.


"Only in Edinburgh" now available!

submitted Monday 7th of November 2016 11:23:52 AM

Duncan JD Smith's new book Only in Edinburgh is out now. Designed for city explorers, this groundbreaking guide promises to take readers quickly off the beaten track – and under the city’s skin. This is the Edinburgh of secret gardens and haunted theatres, mysterious monuments and unexpected underworlds, industrial relics and unusual places of worship. Set off on your own urban expedition through the Scottish capital.



Channeling History as a Travel Writer

submitted Wednesday 12th of October 2016 11:51:13 AM

In this exclusive interview, James Blake Wiener of Ancient History Encyclopedia (AHE) speaks to travel writer, historian, and photographer Duncan JD Smith about his early influences, his favourite authors, and the unusual perspectives he shares in his Only In Guides. Reveling in hidden gems, abandoned ruins, and little-known museums, Duncan's books about major European cities are filled with fun bits of history and archaeology.


Why you should visit Vienna

submitted Monday 10th of October 2016 11:16:09 AM

Go-Eat-Do's Stuart Forster asks Duncan JD Smith why people should visit Vienna, and what they should do when they get there. Duncan's recommendations include Harry Lime's doorway, gin and tonic at the American Bar, and the Schloss Concordia's legendary 'Super Schnitzel'.


Cultural Travel with The Urban Explorer

submitted Tuesday 13th of September 2016 08:59:16 AM

The Urban Explorer dives into a city to tell its story. A historian by trade, he peels off a city's layers to get to its core, without crowds, ticket booths and gift shops. Duncan JD Smith on travel writing and old school urban exploring. An in-depth interview at EuroMen Travel.


The Magic of Paris Montparnasse

submitted Friday 9th of September 2016 04:20:50 PM

An extract from Only in Paris featured in The Good Life France. Montparnasse is every bit as interesting as its Right Bank counterpart, Montmartre. Discover historic artists' studios, the grave of Serge Gainsbourg, the story of the Venus de Milo, and a church built like the Eiffel Tower.


Secrets of St. Paul's Cathedral

submitted Friday 8th of July 2016 10:12:30 AM

The secrets of London's St. Paul's Cathedral revealed in this extract from Only in London at Offbeat Travel.


Paris Expats love "Only in Paris"

submitted Friday 24th of June 2016 12:35:17 PM

A new edition of a ground-breaking guidebook to Paris is out now. Only in Paris by writer and explorer Duncan JD Smith tells the story of the city through an original and eclectic mix of unusual locations. Eccentric museums, covered passageways, secret gardens, idiosyncratic shops and unexpected places of worship. love it and have given a very positive review.


An In-depth Look at London's Hidden Gems

submitted Monday 6th of June 2016 09:45:39 AM

Only in London reviewed at London Hut. "An in-depth look at hidden London gems...This guide will certainly take anybody’s adventure in London to a whole new level. The book is based on the author’s own experiences and provides some fascinating tales."


A Plate of Pie'n'Mash and Jellied Eels

submitted Friday 18th of March 2016 10:51:47 AM

Another extract from the recently-published Only in London on the Ernest Journal website. Potted shrimps, jellied eels and rib-sticking pie'n'mash – Duncan JD Smith is your guide to the no frills but oh so good historic eateries of London.


Flagship of Red Vienna: Karl Marx-Hof

submitted Monday 7th of March 2016 04:36:54 PM

The latest issue of Hidden Europe, a wonderful magazine dedicated to the road less travelled, is out now. It includes my article on Vienna's Karl Marx-Hof, the flagship of the city's social housing programme. Dubbed the 'Ringstrasse des Proletariats', the Karl Marx-Hof is the longest single residential building in the world and features in the latest edition of my book Only in Vienna.


"Only in London" at Sketches in Travel

submitted Monday 22nd of February 2016 12:36:36 PM

"An accessory to take on every trip to the capital". Thanks to Gavin Darvell for road testing and reviewing Only in London at Sketches in Travel.


"Only in Paris" at Europe Up Close

submitted Thursday 18th of February 2016 09:46:16 AM

"From obscure museums to favorite bistros". Thanks to Terri Fogarty for a nice review for the 2nd edition of Only in Paris at


"A brilliant guidebook to Paris"

submitted Wednesday 27th of January 2016 12:21:22 PM

A positive review of the 2nd edition of Only in Paris by my good friends at Minor Sights. "At Minor Sights we’re all about discovering the not-so obvious attractions that are overlooked by tourist hordes and guidebooks alike. We recently came across a brilliant guidebook to Paris that takes the exact same approach. Minor Sights readers will be familiar with suggestions like the Cité des Fleurs and the Musée des Arts Forains, but there are plenty of other options, including obscure religious communities (discreet Armenians, Ganesh-worshipping Hindus, and onion-domed Russian Orthodox churches), lots of bones (including those of Louis XVI and empress-cum-saint Helena) and the Original Crown of Thorns (yup, that one!)."


"A book that deals with the permanence of London"

submitted Wednesday 27th of January 2016 09:36:14 AM

An in-depth review of Only in London at Wizzley. Fellow travel writer Mari Nicholson writes that "rumours of the death of the guide book continue to appear, but as long as books like "Only in London" are produced, the genre will continue to thrive. She goes on to say that "as a Londoner, I thought I knew the capital well but after reading this I realised how much of it had passed me by, and also, how much of it I had passed by. Now, armed with "Only in London", weekends will see me engaged in finding out more about this city I call home."


'Only In' Guides find their niche

submitted Friday 8th of January 2016 04:17:33 PM

Despite the recent demise of hard copy Time Out guides, the Only In Guides are thriving in a niche market, as revealed by Chris Moss in the Daily Telegraph.


"Only in London" is erudite yet never stuffy!

submitted Friday 18th of December 2015 09:19:29 AM

A generous review of Only in London at Fellow travel writer Stuart Forster describes the book as "a joy to read. The tone is knowledgeable yet accessible. The pages are packed with useful information and dotted with a host of quirky facts...Like Duncan's previous books "Only in London" provides a wealth of erudite yet never stuffy historical information about the city...The author shares his passion for places such as the Art Deco Odeon cinema in Leicester Square, Sir John Soane's Museum and the so-called ghost stations of the London Underground."


Mysteries at the Museum on TV now

submitted Thursday 17th of December 2015 01:00:59 PM

Duncan talks about Vienna's forgotten inventor of the motor car, Siegfried Marcus, in an episode of the enormously popular US television series Mysteries at the Museum. German-born Marcus, who spent much of his working life in Vienna, is credited with being the first person ever to mount an internal combustion engine onto the back of a four-wheeled vehicle, and use it to propel himself forward. Long overshadowed by Messrs. Daimler and Benz, who pioneered the mass production of automobiles, the legacy of Marcus was further diminished by the Nazi regime, who couldn't tolerate the fact that a Jew had played such a significant part in the development of the motor car. The story of Marcus can also be found in the latest edition of Only in Vienna.


Ghost Stations on the Piccadilly Line

submitted Monday 30th of November 2015 02:16:01 PM

Another extract from the recently-published Only in London on the Ernest Journal website. They once bustled with the to and fro of passengers and provided shelter during our darkest hours in the Second World War, but now they lie empty and dormant beneath our heaving capital. Duncan JD Smith shines a light into abandoned tube stations on the Piccadilly Line. (Photo © Stuart Macfarlane)


All Change at Vienna's Westbahnhof

submitted Thursday 12th of November 2015 11:06:41 AM

The latest issue of Hidden Europe, a wonderful magazine dedicated to the road less travelled, is out now. It includes my article on Vienna's Westbahnhof, a railway station that has seen many changes since its inauguration in 1858. It features in the latest edition of my book Only in Vienna published 2015.


Pickled Toads and Dodo Bones

submitted Wednesday 21st of October 2015 01:12:47 PM

A chapter from Only in London on the Ernest journal website. Although tiny when compared with the Natural History Museum, the Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy at University College London offers its own unique take on natural curiosities. Don't miss the skeleton of the giant Anaconda! (Photo © UCL Grant Museum of Zoology/Matt Clayton)


Colourful Guidebook Uncovers Hidden Budapest

submitted Wednesday 14th of October 2015 04:48:12 PM

A very positive review for the latest edition of Only in Budapest from my colleagues at "A handy guide to anyone who wants to learn about the Hungarian capital from an often-unseen perspective."


Health & Safety Victorian Style!

submitted Friday 25th of September 2015 02:34:22 PM

Minor Sights is featuring an extract from the new Only in London exploring the Kirkaldy Testing Works, a unique Victorian workshop which set international standards in testing materials, making the world a safer place.



'Only In' Guides on Social Media

submitted Friday 25th of September 2015 02:30:20 PM

Stay up-to-date with the Only In Guides on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, G+ and LinkedIn. Your likes, comments and shares are always welcome.


"Only in Berlin" top of the pile

submitted Wednesday 23rd of September 2015 04:39:11 PM

Good to see the latest edition of Only in Berlin top of the pile in this overview of offbeat guides to the German capital at


"Only in Vienna" an Amazon top seller

submitted Wednesday 23rd of September 2015 04:35:15 PM


'Only In' Guides now available in the US and Canada through Interlink Books!

submitted Thursday 27th of August 2015 09:41:11 PM


Praise for "Only in London"

submitted Thursday 27th of August 2015 09:18:25 PM

Matt Brown (
Author Duncan JD Smith knows his stuff. He’s selected more than 100 locations all of which harbour peculiar stories or features. There’s plenty of meat here for those who’ve yet to discover the city's idiosyncracies.

Tim Hale (Reader):
London is rich in places to see and this new guidebook to one of the major cities in the world will certainly help the reader identify some unusual and worthwhile hidden gems. Highly recommended!

Terry Marsh, travel writer & photographer (
It’s only when you start delving into this well-designed, produced and illustrated book that you begin to realise what you’ve been missing. Written in an easy style, with abundant historical background, this guide should be the one ‘essential’ guide to London.

Simon Laffoley (Reader):
Such a well-written and well-researched book, this blows the other “off the beaten track” style books out of the water! Duncan’s easy-going, informative style of writing is infectious; his enthusiasm oozes out of every page.

Hidden Europe magazine:
We’ve much enjoyed browsing through “Only in London”, with which you did a marvellous job.

Abigail White (Ernest Journal):
Thanks so much for your wonderful book, jam-packed full of fascinating things.

David Iliff (Photographer):
Your book really gives the reader a good sense of the personality of London beyond the touristy facade.

Grant Museum of Zoology:
A really nice publication and we are pleased to have been featured.

The Goldsmiths’ Company:
My colleagues and I really like “Only in London” so many thanks for sending a copy. We've been recommending it!


1st edition of "Only in London" out now!

submitted Wednesday 20th of May 2015 05:05:15 PM

New 1st edition of Only in London available now!
Explore the treasures of old London and the delights of the new with this fascinating guide to an ever-changing city. Roman ruins and sci-fi skyscrapers, eccentric museums and novel art spaces, ancient customs and living traditions. From Roman Londinium and Shakespeare’s Globe to Winston Churchill’s bunker and Banksy's street art. Including chapters on the Necropolis Railway, Soho’s Buddhist temple, ghost stations on the Tube, and the best Eel and Pie shop.
Also Cleopatra’s Needle, the home of Jimi Hendrix, Florence Nightingale’s lamp, and the philosopher’s mummy. Published by The Urban Explorer and available in the UK from Waterstones, Blackwells, Foyles, Stanfords, and Daunts, and worldwide from Amazon.


Reader's praise for "Only in Vienna" and "Only in Zurich"

submitted Monday 18th of May 2015 09:47:24 AM

"We spent 5 days in Vienna last month and a day in Zurich and loved your books and the way they enabled us to explore these cities...While we were in Vienna, we were reading aloud Chapter 17 “Pedestrians Beware!” and some American tourists overhead us and we shared the pages with them too - they noted the name of the book as they were really impressed. I can’t tell you enough how much we got out of your books, so thank you, thank you. I’m going to Hamburg later this year and will be taking that Only In Guides with me, too."


A corner of Cambridgeshire in London

submitted Monday 13th of April 2015 10:21:40 AM

The latest issue of Hidden Europe, a wonderful magazine dedicated to the road less travelled, is out now. It includes my article on Ely Place, a side street in London's Holborn, which holds curious and ancient echoes of distant Cambridgeshire. It will feature in my forthcoming book Only in London published May 2015.


New edition of "Only in Vienna" just published!

submitted Tuesday 24th of March 2015 04:56:04 PM

Revised 4th edition of Only in Vienna available now! "A very special book. A Rosetta stone for tourists - and for the Viennese an explorer's guide to places we thought we already knew." (The Vienna Review). Published by The Urban Explorer and available in the UK from Waterstones, Blackwells, Foyles, Stanfords, and Daunts, and worldwide from Amazon.


New edition of "Only in Zurich" just published!

submitted Monday 22nd of December 2014 02:51:09 PM

Revised 2nd edition of Only in Zurich available now! "Your book has helped me see Zurich through a fresh lens" (A reader). Published by The Urban Explorer and available in the UK from Waterstones, Blackwells, Foyles, Stanfords, and Daunts, and worldwide from Amazon.


NEWS New edition of "Only in Budapest" just published!

submitted Saturday 27th of September 2014 09:55:27 AM

Revised 3rd edition of Only in Budapest available now! "A fascinating read for all Budapest dwellers looking for some adventure and discovery" (Budapest Sun). Published by The Urban Explorer and available in the UK from Waterstones, Blackwells, Foyles, Stanfords, and Daunts, and worldwide from Amazon.



NEWS 'Only In' Guides available now at Book Depository

submitted Friday 12th of September 2014 10:57:30 AM

The Only In Guides are all now available at Book Depository with generous discounts and free worldwide delivery!


NEWS Stones of Vienna - Coffee and the Comfort of Strangers

submitted Wednesday 11th of June 2014 03:02:48 PM

Since 2011 Vienna’s world famous coffee house culture has been designated and protected as “Intangible Cultural Heritage” by UNESCO making it every bit as important as the Argentine Tango, the Mediterranean diet, and the Panama hat. According to the listing the Viennese coffee house is a place “where time and space are consumed, but only the coffee is found on the bill.”


NEWS Two new editions just published!

submitted Tuesday 29th of April 2014 09:46:44 AM

Revised 2nd editions of Only in Prague and Only in Berlin available now!



NEWS New for 2014!

submitted Tuesday 29th of April 2014 09:39:37 AM

New for 2014! 5 new editions of the Only In Guides now published by The Urban Explorer. Available in the UK at Waterstones, Blackwells, Foyles, Stanfords, and Daunts, and worldwide from Amazon.


NEWS Stones of Vienna - Klimt's Last Studio

submitted Thursday 27th of March 2014 10:19:16 AM

Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss is the world’s most famous painted embrace. Its presence in Vienna has long attracted visitors, where the familiar image has found its way onto everything from cufflinks to dog jackets. But what of the studios where the enigmatic artist conjured up such trail-blazing imagery?


NEWS Three new editions just published!

submitted Tuesday 25th of March 2014 10:43:38 PM

Revised 2nd editions of Only in Munich, Only in Hamburg and Only in Cologne available now!


NEWS Undiscovered Budapest

submitted Wednesday 19th of February 2014 09:02:17 AM

"I came across your Budapest guide while in the city recently, and would like to congratulate you on an excellently researched and written book. I thought I knew the city quite well, but I was surprised by how much I didn't know or hadn't discovered yet. It definitely helped to make the trip that much more interesting - the Museum of Photography and the Children's Railway in particular are great recommendations." (A reader)

"Just bought your Budapest guide and am very impressed. Great information, obviously a lot of research done, and great photos and layout. My husband and I have a house close to Kaposvar and we have been to Budapest many times. This guide is just what we missed." (A reader)

"If you are interested in learning more about the history, culture, and people of Budapest, this is an excellent choice. It’s not going to give you the run-of-the-mill lists of hotels, restaurants, museums, etc. (you will need other resources to find out about the practical aspects of Budapest). However, it will give you one to two page blurbs on about 100 interesting and unusual places to go and see. These do a great job of giving a feel for the atmosphere, culture, and overall vibe of the city. If you care to learn why Budapest is the way it is and to understand its culture, this is a great book." (



NEWS Paris beyond the tourist hotspots!

submitted Friday 14th of February 2014 09:35:30 AM

"Wonderfully well-written and beautifully photographed, an intriguing and inspiring fresh look at Paris beyond the typical tourist hotspots, history and anecdote draw you into a deeper understanding of Paris through the centuries, assisted serendipity! Yet another gem from the Only In Guides series by Duncan Smith." (

"Certain Parisian sites are familiar to many, but Duncan has done well to include an awful lot that aren’t and the colour photography that accompanies each of the 98 listings make it all the more absorbing – pictures of the Musée de la Poste’s padlocked enveloped and the old timber-framed buildings in the city’s 3rd arrondissement. Sometimes you need to see it to believe it – like the table made from human body parts in the Musée de l’Histoire de la Médicine. Another really useful device is the author’s use of footnotes, listing other places of interest nearby. There’s a handy guide to opening times as well, ensuring “Only in Paris” is simple t use and perfect for those on a short séjour. Magnifique!" (French Entrée, Issue 102, Jan-Feb 2014)



NEWS Stones of Vienna - A Day at the Races

submitted Thursday 16th of January 2014 12:21:42 PM

Vienna is one of Europe’s great romantic cities. Its ancient streets are adored by visitors, especially when the soundtrack is provided by the nostalgic clatter of horses’ hooves. Few realise, however, that the city’s equestrian life extends well beyond the Fiakers and Lipizzaners of the historic First District. Join Duncan on a visit to Vienna's historic racing tracks.


NEWS Goodreads book review facility

submitted Tuesday 14th of January 2014 11:09:07 AM

The Only In Guides can now be reviewed by readers at Goodreads. Your reviews are always welcome.


NEWS 'Only In' Guides in the UK!

submitted Thursday 19th of December 2013 09:31:47 AM

The Only In Guides are now available from Amazon, Waterstones, Blackwells, Foyles, Stanfords, Daunts and other good booksellers.


NEWS Budapest - Relax in a ruin

submitted Thursday 25th of July 2013 07:46:54 PM

Hidden Europe
magazine features an extract from the brand new edition of Only in Budapest. "If you're looking to relax over a drink in Budapest," suggests author and explorer Duncan J. D. Smith, "head for a ruin!"



NEWS "Only in Paris" out now!

submitted Friday 29th of March 2013 09:34:23 AM

• The story of Paris told through an original and eclectic mix of unusual historic locations
• Quiet cloisters, eccentric museums, covered passageways, secret gardens, and unusual shops
• Author research uncovers exciting new stories: Who was the real Hunchback of Notre-Dame? Is there really a lake hidden beneath the Opera? Where is the best bistro in Paris?
• The Pagoda cinema, the Museum of Magic, Foucault's pendulum, and a subterranean necropolis
• New light thrown on old favourites, including La Tour Eiffel and the Arc de Triomphe
• Recommended for visitors to Paris wishing to discover something different, and for city dwellers who thought perhaps they already knew everything about their city



NEWS Parisian Prayers

submitted Monday 25th of March 2013 01:41:03 PM

A new article in Hidden Europe magazine. Paris is a city that has always embraced migrants, with each new wave of arrivals bringing their own faith. Walk the streets of the French capital and you'll find faith comes in many flavours, from varying shades of Orthodox Christianity to Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. Duncan J. D. Smith, author of the guide Only in Paris (published March 2013), takes us on a pilgrimage through Parisian prayer traditions.


NEWS Stones of Vienna - Monstrous Monuments

submitted Thursday 28th of February 2013 09:01:44 PM

A new article in The Vienna Review.


NEWS "Explore Hidden Vienna" for Smartphones

submitted Sunday 28th of October 2012 09:26:09 PM

Explore Hidden Vienna guide now available on the Hearonymus Smartphone App.


NEWS Stones of Vienna - Subterranean Cityscapes

submitted Friday 28th of September 2012 09:26:25 PM

A new article in The Vienna Review.


NEWS Zurich's Moulage Museum

submitted Monday 2nd of April 2012 04:50:17 PM

A new article in Hidden Europe magazine.