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You want a map or travel guide ? - well, this is the place

We could not go past Stanfords - apparently with the largest collection of Maps and Travel guides... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sydney, Australia
Best map and travel guide shop anywhere

Just perfect, spread over several floor, very friendly knowledgeable staff, extensive stock well... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Stanfords, stockists of the world's largest range of maps and travel books, prides itself on sourcing and stocking specialist maps from around the globe. Stanfords stores are in London and Bristol.
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12-14 Long Acre, London WC2E 9LP, England
Covent Garden
+44 20 7836 1321
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We could not go past Stanfords - apparently with the largest collection of Maps and Travel guides. We were after guides to canal boating through Wales - they had them. Maps of Madagascar, Mauritius etc. - they had multiple versions of each. Knowledgeable and friendly...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just perfect, spread over several floor, very friendly knowledgeable staff, extensive stock well laid out. Nothing they can’t answer and they are full of informed suggestions and offer services beyond expectations. Excellent.

Thank Jannerbloke
Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

What more to ask for! We appreciate bookstores and this one is so special and specialized! Something for everyone and a story of its own! Wish people would visit more of bookstores!

Thank suzelkhoury
Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

This bookshop include a wage range of necessities a traveler will need.:) Also, it is a great gift shop and has a small cafe inside. Don’t miss it on your way to Covert Garden!

Thank 196yinyinc
Reviewed 30 April 2018

If I am going to spend £46 again I will do it with Amazon - at least then I know I can nip to the loo. Was taken aback after spending this on maps and books to be told that I can't use their loo...More

Thank stephenkentuk
Reviewed 11 February 2018

Made a specific trip into London today to buy maps for a forthcoming road trip. Having lunched out and one of our favourite watering holes in London we went off to Standards full of excitement as we have visited once before and loved it. Very...More

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Reviewed 20 January 2018

Fantastic travel book shop, I love browsing in Stanfords, from the amazing range of books, guides and maps to looking at the maps printed on the floor, cannot think of any country they dont have books or maps about

Thank lincolnhatter
Reviewed 20 November 2017 via mobile

If you are in Covent Garden walk 3 minutes to this amazing book and map shop. You can get maps here including nautical maps which you will struggle to buy in any other shop. The small cafe is great and there is a huge selection...More

Thank sheepygold
Reviewed 12 November 2017

Very close to Covent Garden; It is a very good option to join it with a visit to the Covent Garden Market or previously to an early evening show inth enearby theathers. One of the oldest map suppliers in London. Walk up the stairs to...More

Thank rodriguez52
Reviewed 9 November 2017

If you're the least bit interested in travel and books then you must not miss Stanfords while in London. 3 floors kept us busy for a good part of the afternoon. If you need any maps (local or worldwide) then you won't come away empty...More

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Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude
of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or
simply to be among the multitude of people who pass
through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking
up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around
Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the
opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters
here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated
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