Stanfords London Travel Bookshop


Visit our famous Long Acre store in the heart of London's bustling Covent Garden, just two minutes' walk from Covent Garden and Leicester Square Tube stations.

Having opened its doors in 1901, our Long Acre outlet has been the first port of call for a wealth of famous travellers including Captain Robert Scott, Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, Florence Nightingale, Michael Palin, Bill Bryson and Ranulph Fiennes.

Today, Stanfords Covent Garden is considered the biggest travel bookshop in the world with the largest collection of maps, books, travel accessories and globes under one roof.

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Venue Details & Map

Stanfords London Travel Bookshop

12 - 14 Long Acre
Covent Garden
+44 (0)20 7836 1321
Public transport:
Leicester Square or Covent Garden


Accessible Bathroom Facilities
Designated wheelchair accessible public toilet
Accessible Venue Facilities
Level access, ramp or lift to the shop
Accessible Venue Facilities
Assistance dogs welcome
Access into the Building
Full, non-assisted wheelchair access
Access Inside Building Facilities
Accessible lift
Steps with handrail within building
General Facilities
Payment Facilities
Credit cards accepted
Debit cards accepted
Yelp Reviews

5 out of 5 based on 52 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Stanfords London Travel Bookshop

5.0 out of 5 19 August 2015
by Kate M.

Dear Stanfords,

With bed roll in tow, I come to you asking for a little corner, just a tiny one, so that I can move in and never leave. Your book selection is heaven, your booksellers knowledgeable and helpful, and your travel book selection inspirational and extensive. Travel and books together under one roof - I feel we are kindred spirits and would make excellent flat mates. Surely you...more

5.0 out of 5 17 May 2015
by Monique F.

We love bookstores, and especially those with travelguides only. If you can't find it, it probably doesn't exists. And it will probably be wiser to look for an other destination.

Besides travelguides and maps they also sell themed novels and photo books, and funny books. They have a small assortiment of travel needs like plugs. In the cellar you'll find some globes. Beautiful but...more

4.0 out of 5 12 May 2015
by Karishma P.

Among my top 2 specialist bookstores in London at the moment. (the other is the one at the Wellcome Collection premises)

3 floors of travel and London related books. Lonely Planet and DK EyeWitness are obviously all available, but they are just the tip of the iceberg among the selection available here. Other than the guides and maps, they have fiction and non-fiction from specific regions too...more

5.0 out of 5 13 February 2015
by Nickie C.

I managed to leave without buying anything. I totally deserve a medal.

Full of both beautiful and useful maps, travel items, and gifts, it's easy to spend an hour just browsing around. I was nearly tempted by the travel books as I have a couple of weekends away planned - but as we're (oddly, apparently) having a weekend in Luxembourg, the choice of dedicated travel books is precisely one. So...more

4.0 out of 5 6 September 2014
by Arshi K.

A quiet spot for a cup of English tea and browse a huge number of travel books, memorabilia and the largest collection of maps you've ever seen.

This has to be one of my fave spots in Covent Garden & you could easily spend hours here browsing everything over three floors crammed with travel books, cards, gifts and even unique pieces of furniture! Their map room is astonishing and has some...more

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