A-Z Maps blog

This is the home of ramblings from the inside of the iconic brand that is A-Z. On our blog you will find out how to get from A to Z and a lot more in between.

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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… Read More

London Bridges

The River Thames was much wider and shallower when London was a younger city. When the Romans first saw it, the river was around five times as wide as it is today. Today its levels have to be monitored and controlled following construction of narrower banks. In total there are… Read More

London Marathon 2017

Over 50,000 runners of all abilities have been accepted to take part in the world’s biggest marathon event! What is the London Marathon?  The London Marathon has been a spring staple since 1981, making 2017 race number 37. The London Marathon route stretches 26.2 miles from Greenwich to The Mall. Almost… Read More

Mapping out the London Olympic Marathon course

With the world casting a critical eye over whether the London Olympics 2012 opening ceremony would live up to Beijing’s opening ceremony in 2008, London certainly did not disappoint in creating a show stopping opening celebration that impressed audiences across the world. Similar to how the sensational opening ceremony… Read More
Notting Hill Carnival route map

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,… Read More

Peace, Quiet and Dark Skies

It’s that time of year again when the kids are off school for 6 weeks for the summer holidays and you’re wondering how on earth you are going to keep them entertained for all that time. Well here is a novel activity to keep them engrossed as the sunsets get… Read More

Places to Visit in Manchester This Summer

The city of Manchester has undergone extensive rejuvenation in recent years; transforming it from the industrial powerhouse it once was to a fashionable, cosmopolitan hub. World renowned for its music, sport and creative expression, Manchester is a great place to live and visit. Take a look at five fantastic places… Read More
The Prudential RideLondon Surrey 100

Prudential RideLondon Surrey 100 – Event day

On the 31st of July – Tim from our drawing office took part in the Prudential RideLondon Surrey 100. The Prudential RideLondon Surrey 100 celebrates the legacy for cycling created during the London 2012 Olympics. After months of training, preparation and over 380 miles cycled (in July), Tim was ready to partake and raise money for London’s Air Ambulance. Read More

Revisiting an old map of London

Earlier this year we were contacted by Russell from Melbourne, Australia who offered to send us an old A-Z map from the 1950s. Of course, we were delighted to hear from him and were relieved when it arrived safely. We quickly realised that this Central London map was slightly different… Read More

Sights to see in London in one weekend

The biggest question when planning a weekend in London is: where to start? Here is a guide to five of our favourite sights to see in London in one weekend. We have picked some of the most famous sights, old and new, giving an easy itinerary that is ideal for occasional… Read More
How green was my valley by Bert Kauffman, 2012

Snowdonia Zip Wire

In the North Wales mountains sits the remains of what was once the world’s largest slate quarry. Penrhyn Quarry has been active for 200 years and once employed 2000 people. Today there are just 200 workers but it is still exporting slate to all corners of the world. Since March… Read More

The Best Small London Parks

London’s parks are renowned for their architectural prowess, coupled with some outstanding scenery. Visitors to London are often surprised by the amount of green space. The tidy city squares offer peace and calm to workers, residents and tourists alike; the larger parks and commons give Londoners space to play and… Read More

The Broads

The Broads is a vast network of waterways in Norfolk and Suffolk, formed from seven connected rivers. The broads themselves are lakes formed from flooded medieval peat diggings, and are often found alongside the rivers. A national park covers 303 square kilometres, making it Britain’s largest protected wetland. The waterways… Read More

The London Marathon Route

The London Marathon has been a spring staple since 1981, making the 2013 race the 33rd instalment. The London Marathon route stretches the foot-pounding and energy-sapping 26 miles and 385 yards from Greenwich to The Mall. Whether you are competing or watching, this blog outlines the current route and recommends some… Read More

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