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.

Visiting London

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… Read More

Christmas Events in London

The Christmas season in London brings a range of additional attractions, from seasonal shows to festive markets and carol singing. Here’s our round-up of some of the top Christmas events in London: Oxford Street Lights Switch On, 5th November One of the earliest and biggest Christmas events in London is… Read More

Christmas Events in London

The festive season is now upon us and it wouldn’t be the same without a visit to London. The city brings a range of attractions, from Christmas shows to festive markets – there is something for all the family & age ranges! London’s streets are beautifully decorated with Christmas lights and the shops are… Read More
Walk route for the great fire of London

Great Fire of London and Monument Trail

Walk the length of the fire that changed the face of London forever with visits to famous landmarks along the way The Monument surrounded by modern buildings London has changed a lot over the decades and centuries. But one of its quickest transformations happened in 1666 when a small fire… Read More

How will the Olympics change the face of London?

In 2005 Reuters described the plot of land in East London that is now known throughout the world as the Olympic Park, as a “patch of polluted wasteland”. What was once a derelict piece of industrial wasteland is now a state-of-the-art sporting complex. Now including The Olympic Stadium, an Aquatics… Read More

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
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

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

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