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7 July 2009

Indulge your passion for travel at Stanfords

Your author loves travel books and guides, and there's no better place in London, nay the world, to indulge this passion than Stanfords Bookshop in Covent Garden.

Though the bookshop was founded in 1853 by Edward Stanford, it wasn't until 1901 that the flagship store opened on Long Acre, where it remains more than a hundred years later. The store claims to have the world's largest stock of maps and travel books under one roof.

Stanfords has hosted many famous visitors over the years, including, according to the website, 'Amy Johnson, David Livingstone, Scott of the Antarctic, Ernest Shackleton, Florence Nightingale, Ranulph Fiennes, Bill Bryson, Michael Palin and Sherlock Holmes' (the last apparently, bought a map from Stanfords in Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles, but your author is still unsure whether this counts).

For more information on Stanfords, or to order books online (thereby removing half the fun), why not visit the website.

Click here to see the location on a map.

(N.B. Your author decided to avoid doing a bit on the plinth thing today - not least because Gormley didn't give him a place - but there are indeed people on the fourth plinth from now until the autumn, as you will no doubt have heard about from many news outlets, because Sky are sponsoring it)

1 comment:

  1. And if you like Stanford's, you may wish to explore: