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Escape the throngs of tourists on Long Acre by ducking for a breather into this inspirational travel shop. Stanfords is almost as essential to your trip as suntan lotion. In addition to every kind of travel guide, you’ll find background literature on every conceivable destination, a specially selected fiction range, world music and cinema, a children’s section and navigation software in the basement.

The selection of equipment like medical kits, binoculars and torches (all upstairs) has also grown in recent years. Check out the giant maps on each shop floor, then go to the basement and have your very own customised map or aerial photograph printed out in poster form. Adding even more character, Stanfords stocks atlases and antique maps and guides. A café is now open at the back of the ground floor.

Venue name: Stanfords
Address: 12-14
Long Acre, Covent Garden
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden
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