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London Store

Drop by our famous Long Acre store in the heart of London's revered 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. To find out more about our fascinating past, read the History of Stanfords .

London shop
12-14 Long Acre,
Covent Garden,
London, WC2E 9LP.
Tel: 020 7836 1321
Fax: 0207759 7140
store location map

Opening Hours:

  • Monday ------- 9.00 - 20.00
  • Tuesday ------ 9.00 - 20.00
  • Wednesday -- 9.00 - 20.00
  • Thursday ----- 9.00 - 20.00
  • Friday -------- 9.00 - 20.00
  • Saturday -------- 9.00 - 20.00
  • *Sunday ---------- 11.30 - 18.00
    *On Sunday we open 11.30am to 12.00noon for browsing only.
    This is to comply with UK legislation.
  • > view our Bristol Store page

Work in our Covent Garden store

We're always happy to receive CVs from people eager to work on the shop floor on a permanent basis (full-time and part-time) in our flagship Covent Garden store . Please email a covering letter and your CV to or come and meet us in store.

> view our job vacancy page

Sacred Café:

Sacred Cafe Visit our superb in-store café on the ground floor. With a reputation for great coffee and stylish and relaxed interiors, Sacred Café is the perfect spot to indulge in some travel reading over a high-quality tea or coffee and some delicious food.

Café Opening  Hours:
  • Mon - Fri 8.30am - 7.00pm
  • Sat 9.00am - 7.00pm
  • Sun 11.30am - 5:30pm
    > More information about Sacred Café
  • Shop access information

    +1 step from Long Acre, but step-free at the back from Floral Street. The shop is accessible with a lift (D75 W85 L125) to all floors. If boxes of books are temporarily in your way, as is occasionally inevitable, the staff will be quick to move them. Adapted toilet in the staff area on the first floor (outer door D68; toilet D80 ST70) available on request.
    Nearest accessible Underground station is Westminster.

    (Dimensions are given in centimetres).
    This information is from Access in London , available from Stanfords ,

    Did you know..?

    The famous map floors in Stanfords' London store were originally produced for us by Marley Tiles when we completed our 2003 refit. Our ground floor is covered with the National Geographic map of the world, the first floor with the NG map of the Himalayas, centred on Everest, and the basement with a giant A-Z map of central London.

    Each map floor cost approximately £15,000, and the map data we used was kindly provided by National Geographic and Geographers A-Z. Marley's photographic print flooring department no longer exists, and in fact, our floors were the last piece of work they completed.

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