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.