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Address: 12-14 Long Acre, London WC2E 9LP, England
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12:00 - 18:00
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Stanfords, stockists of the world's largest range of maps and travel books,...

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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Everyone that I know who has been here says they can spend hours wandering around and dreaming of their ideal trip. This place focuses on travel - books (guide and fiction) and... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 938 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Everyone that I know who has been here says they can spend hours wandering around and dreaming of their ideal trip. This place focuses on travel - books (guide and fiction) and maps in particular though they do have all sorts of bits and pieces such as nautical charts and binoculars! I love the maps printed on the floor plus... More 

Thank sheepygold
Chennai (Madras), India
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210 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stanford's is a little gem in the heart of Covent Garden. Great travel books and accessories and an increasingly large selection of children's books that we find ourselves frequenting a lot! Very helpful staff.

1 Thank kani75
San Diego, California
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95 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are planning a trip, thinking about travelling, love maps and guide books then this is the place to write your Christmas list in. They have every kind of travel book, journal, atlas, map, chart you could wish for and more. Whenever I visit London I always head here and before I know it I am planning my next... More 

1 Thank Worrals
Singapore, Singapore
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166 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017

I always visit Stanfords when I visit London. There are so many great books and nik-naks for young and old. It specialises in travel books and maps which are very interesting. It is really conveniently located at the edge of Covent Garden. Also has a cafe which I have not tried but have heard good things about.

Thank sing_trav_888
Singapore, Singapore
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3,412 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,549 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

This is probably the best place in London to come to stock up on travel books and maps prior to a trip somewhere. Very extensive collection spanning pretty much anywhere you might be interested in visiting. Can get pretty busy inside on weekends though.

Thank KGB777
Hastings, United Kingdom
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753 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 357 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

Well laid out shop very easy to move around. Good displays. Not the cheapest but good quality stuff. Good for travel books or anything with maps on it. Friendly staff.

Thank streakey
Hastings, United Kingdom
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1,405 reviews
680 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 702 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

Well yes this is just the place if you want anything to do with Travel, Travel Books or Maps and definitely the speciality shop for these items Well worth a look just to browse around even if you have nothing specific in mind

Thank badmintontim
Ghent, Belgium
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Stanfords is a great place to find book, maps, cards, ... On three floors you 'll find the best material about the most remote places. Very helpfull staff.

1 Thank lannau
Horsham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

This is the best travel book shop ever. I've used it for years and whenever I plan a new trip I check out the books, maps and accessories. They cover anywhere you are likely to visit, and also stock kids travel related books and toys and travel memoirs. They also have a lovely cafe. Staff are knowledgeable and helpful. On... More 

Thank Karen M
Evanston, Illinois
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2017

I can easily spend two hours browsing three storeys of maps, travel guides and memoirs, globes, and interesting accessories. There is an exhaustive range of titles on every nook and cranny of the planet, it would seem.

Thank Passport92

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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 by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 

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