Bookstore of the Week – Stanfords, Covent Garden

“Welcome to Stanfords – the biggest map and travel bookshop on earth”

Stanford Store Front

Stanfords are the UK’s leading specialist retailer of maps, travel books and travel accessories. For 160 years they have been providing explorers everything they need for their next adventure.

The Stanfords story begins in 1827 with the birth of Edward Stanford.  Inspired by the dramatic changing world he grew-up in Stanford joined the map and charts business of Mr Trelawney Saunders. Stanford was made partner in 1852 and a year later took control of the business himself. 

161 years later Stanfords is still a thriving map retailer and travel specialist. Their Covent Garden store is visited every year by thousands of travellers from every corner of the globe, all seeking inspiration for their next adventure.

As the World’s largest map retailer they stock  some very specialist items from as far away as Mexico and Russia. If there is a map or travel book you want, Stanfords is the place to go. In their own words; “We pride ourselves on being able to source even the most unlikely of items so please do ask us if you can’t find what you need on our website or instore.”

Their 50 strong, amazingly international team are a passionate bunch and more than willing to advise and pass on their own travel experience. Pop-in and swap some stories!

Stanfords Window Display

Their selves are full of gift inspiration (for others and yourself!). We even spotted Chronicle’s Make Map Art among their Top Ten Gifts for Kids. But Stanfords are more than just great products, they have an impressive events schedule giving you the chance to meet some of the world’s most famous writers and photographers.  You can also find yourself in a travel lecture or meeting your travelling hero at a book signing.

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They also have a great loyalty scheme – rewards for indulging your passion, what could be better?

The famous map floors in the London store were originally produced by Marley Tiles. The ground floor is covered with the National Geographic map of the world, the first floor is a map of the Himalayas and the basement is a giant A-Z map of central London. These floors are the last pieces of work Marley’s titles ever completed! There is nothing more adventure inspiring than standing a giant map! Plus you can plan your great expedition in the superb in-store café. With a reputation for great coffee and relaxed interiors, Sacred Café is the perfect spot to indulge your dreams.

Map Floor in Stanfords

So where are you going next?

Find them at: 

12-14 Long Acre,
Covent Garden,
London, WC2E 9LP.
Tel: 020 7836 1321
Fax: 0207759 7140

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