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Stanfords, London

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Indulge your wanderlust at Stanfords, a quaint bookshop dedicated to travel. Staffed with experienced and knowledgeable help and stocked with maps and guides, the shop caters to travelers. Pick up gear for your next journey, including notebooks and compasses, or cozy up with a hot chocolate in hand and ponder your next destination. Make Stanfords part of your personalized London itinerary using our London vacation route planner.
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  • Stanford's is the greatest ship for maps and travel books in London, the U.K., or anywhere else I could name. Where else might you find a traveller's guide to Azerbaijan together with the latest road ...  more »
  • 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 thou...  more »
  • 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 help...  more »
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  • You want to travel? Real travel? Go there for the books and maps relevant to your destination. Virtual travel? Go there and browse. An experience not to be missed.
  • Hopeless to get through on the phone on a Sunday. I needed to know whether a particular map was in stock. I tried 4 times, waited to hear recorded messages, waited again then each time was told it's not possible to speak to anyone - leave a message. I tried this 4 times and no-one called me. Very poor service. I spent around half an hour with no result. I can understand why people go to Amazon!!
  • A definitive shop on everything to do with travel and maps and guides. Great shop to browse in and gifts for all price bands. If you are going somewhere....go to Stanfords first. :)
  • Well stocked bookshop for maps and all things related to travel both around the world and closer to home.
  • I love a bookshop with a coffee shop inside and this one is small but comfy. Friendly staff, good choice of teas, decent coffee. And surrounded by books. What's not to love?

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