Stanfords are the UK’s leading specialist retailer of maps, travel books and other travel accessories, having been established in 1853 by Edward Stanford.

Our flagship store in Covent Garden, London, first opened its doors in January 1901 and can justly claim to offer the world’s largest stock of maps and travel books under one roof.

We have been an essential first port of call for adventure and armchair travellers alike for more than a century.

Our roll-call of customers past and present includes such famous names as Amy Johnson, David Livingstone, Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Ernest Shackleton, Florence Nightingale, Ranulph Fiennes, Bill Bryson, Michael Palin, and even Sherlock Holmes.


Julia Bradbury Podcast By Stanfords Travel at the Destination Show 2018

Here are some reasons that make autumn a top contender for the best time of year to explore the great outdoors with young ones…

The decision has been made. The waiting begins. The judging panel – chaired by The Outdoor Guide’s own Julia Bradbury – had made its choice …