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 …

Family Pantomimes this Christmas – and how to find them!

Stuck with choosing where to go for a family pantomime this Christmas? Generally most popular in the United Kingdom, the pantomime was partially developed back in the 16th century from the Italian ‘Commedia dell’arte’, and has continued to grow and evolve from then onwards into the much loved event it is now. Today, the majority of theatres in the UK, including some …

Name the Parks on the Map

How well do you know those famous British parks? Test yourself with another of our little map-based quizzes. Or share it with any geography know-it-all’s who would enjoy the challenge. This time we’ve removed the names of five famous parks. Can you figure them out using clues like landmarks and street names? There are some tricky ones so we’ll be …

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. …

5 Things to do in Brighton for Residents

The seaside city of Brighton is full of things to see and do. Whether you’re taking to the beach or browsing the high street, there’s no shortage of activities and events to keep residents and visitors entertained!  You probably know about the Pier and the Royal Pavilion already, so we’ve compiled a slightly alternative list of a 5 things to …

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. …

What Is and Isn’t Shown on A-Z Maps

Have you ever noticed that your A-Z street map shows public toilets, speed cameras, postcode districts, and even house numbers on main roads? On the other hand, have you ever wondered why your A-Z doesn’t show height contours, roadworks or the outlines of pavements? You could probably think of a few more things that you would personally find useful. This …

Edinburgh Festival

Every year in August the historic city of Edinburgh becomes a stage for thousands of artists, performers and musicians. A medley of arts and culture festivals descend on the Scottish capital for what is collectively known as the world famous Edinburgh Festival. In the week that the 2013 Fringe programme is announced, we look at this great British cultural event. …