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Travel bookshop Stanfords has moved after more than 100 years

New Stanfords shop, Mercer Walk

Ever needed a fresh start – to broaden your horizons, open new doors, begin a new chapter… but didn’t feel like straying too far from home? It seems Stanfords, the travel bookshop in Covent Garden, shares the same sentiment: after more than a century on Long Acre, and facing a hike in its rent, it’s just relocated to a new site around the corner.

The much-loved emporium claims to stock the world’s largest selection of maps, globes and travel books. Captain Scott, Florence Nightingale and the British Army have been customers; it has even helped out James Bond and Sherlock Holmes. Now it has officially opened its new digs at 7 Mercer Walk, complete with updated versions of its famous map-print floors and excellent café. We’ll miss the old shop, but it’s great to have a new spot for hours of wanderlust-inducing guidebook-browsing. Your 2019 travel goals start here.

Take a peek at the new Stanfords: 

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kate r

This is all down to the property companies that own swathes of the west end, and who refuse to reduce any of their rents ...Because in their own words - “It would reduce the value of our portfolios” ..So we now have more empty shops in Covent Garden than ever before - and its nothing to do with Brexit... just simple greed..