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Shopping, Bookshops Covent Garden
5 out of 5 stars
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New Stanfords shop at 7 Mercer Walk, Covent Garden (Jan 2019)

Time Out says

Adventurers from around the globe flock to Stanfords - the Covent Garden store which claims to be the world’s largest specialist travel bookshop. 

Captain Scott, Florence Nightingale and the British Army have been customers; it has even helped out James Bond and Sherlock Holmes. Now, it welcomes thousands of prospective explorers who come to browse their huge collection of maps, globes and travel guides.

Set up by Edward Stanford in 1853, the Stanfords flagship store was situated in a grand old building on Long Acre. After more than 100 years in its former home, the bookshop relocated to its current site just around the corner at 7 Mercer Walk, where customers can find its same unparalleled selection of travel stock.

The in-store cafe can still be found here too, where globetrotters can plan their next trip over locally roasted coffee, cakes and sandwiches.



Address: 7 Mercer Walk
Covent Garden
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden/Leicester Sq
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I can spend hours and hours in this shop! You can find old maps, travel books, children books and cool gift ideas here. 


As an avid traveller and self-professed explorer, stumbling across Stanfords was an absolute dream come true. Whilst it is actually quite impractical to carry books when backpacking abroad (with just a carry-on) I still almost purchased the entire Europe section of the shop. The staff are genuinely willing to help and also seem really interested in your travel plans, the bookshop also occasionally hold book launches and author events which are great fun. Aside from the more adventurous travel sections, Stanfords also stock a huge range of books about London - great for both tourists and Londoners.... no matter how many years you've lived here, the city is so huge and changing at such a pace, there is no way you can claim to know or have seen everything! This shop will open your eyes to what a wonderful world is outside your front door and fill you with an incurable sense of wanderlust!

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