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10 ways to keep the kids busy this October half term

Half term is now upon us (I know, it feels like the kids have only just gone back to school after the summer holidays). If you are stuck for ideas to keep the little ones entertained this half term, don’t worry, we’ve got it covered in this handy guide. Autumn is a beautiful time of year to make the most of the outdoors.  The amount of things …

London A-Z SplashMap

SplashMaps enter the Dragons’ Den!

Did you see it? – That moment when an original product is proposed to 5 Dragons of the business world…well yesterday one of our licensee’s appeared on the Dragons’ Den and presented wearable, washable fabric maps. @splashmaps is the creation of David Overton, previously Innovation Officer at Ordnance Survey. SplashMaps have been working with Geographers’ A-Z Map Company since 2015 to …

Learning the Knowledge with A-Z

Learning the Knowledge is no easy task. When spending time in London it’s a familiar sight to be surrounded by black cabs busily transporting tourists, commuters and day trippers expertly around the city. Have you ever wondered though exactly what it takes to be a London cabbie? We trust them to know when we ask for our destination exactly how …

Three of the best walks near London

London is a fantastic place to go walking. There’s so much to explore, and for a densely urban area it does have a good amount of green space. However, sometimes the hustle and bustle of the city can become overwhelming, and escaping the city can be a more attractive prospect. Luckily, London is surrounded by some lovely countryside, from the …

Best Places to Live in London

Finding the best places to live in London can be daunting!  This great city can seem particularly vast when you’re about to move to London or are new in town. The choices can still be tricky for established Londoners, perhaps when making the leap from renting to owning. Here are a few resources to help get you started. Area guides …

What if you could make your own atlas?

Would you like to design a new A-Z atlas? If you could, would it be a street atlas, road atlas, outdoor activities map or something else entirely? A-Z is always looking to develop useful new map products. Recent releases have been as varied as the Adventure Atlases, smartphone maps, and a set of official maps for the London 2012 Olympics. …

Notting Hill Carnival – Europe’s Largest Street Festival

Every August bank holiday West London is home to the largest street festival in Europe, the Notting Hill Carnival. The carnival’s origins stem from celebrations in the Caribbean marking the end of the slave trade in the 19th century. These celebrations were eventually brought to Afro-Caribbean communities living in London, as a way to celebrate the unique cultures and traditions. …