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Stanfords

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Address: 12-14 Long Acre, London WC2E 9LP, England
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+44 20 7836 1321
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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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Nirvana for map geeks and avid travelers

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Passport92
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Evanston, Illinois
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Evanston, Illinois
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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Oost-Souburg
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful bookstore with a great selection. Nice coffeeshop in the back of the store that serves a good soy cappuccino.

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

This is a must visit place if you are looking maps or travel guidebooks or perhaps something little to buy. It`s afford to visit there.

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Redcar, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Stanfords is quite a big bookshop on 3 levels.99% of it is taken up with travel books.Guidebooks,Lonely planet particularly and travel non fiction writing are what its all about. Though i didnt buy any this visit,i have before and i would again

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Very disappointed because only one book on subject. Staff very helpful.. Great if you just want travel but nothing around the subject

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

although not a big fan of travel books found this gem , just walking in this shop is so pleasurable bought a world map dated to 1888 ( a copy ) you will find cool stuff in this shop i would recommend checking it out

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UK MIDLANDS
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Browse the books and then have a tea or coffee plus a range of cakes and snacks. Good quality and service plus wifi. But London prices!! We enjoyed it

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Everything for the traveler, hiker, and/or map lover. Very knowledgable staff. Beautiful front on this shop, too!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Amazing collection of maps and travel books. Very traditional bookstore. If you are a bookworm pay a visit it worths the trip.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

It seems that reading actual books is becoming increasingly rare, but if you like the feel and smell of a book in your hands (and we do), then Stanford's is well worth your time to pop into. If you are looking for travel/history books focusing on London, you'll find many choices, and if you're looking for travel information on places... More 

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