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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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… Read More

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 Shopping in Bath

If you are tempted by the idea of a special yuletide gift trip, why not do your Christmas shopping in Bath? With great shops in an historic setting, Bath is an ideal destination for a memorable festive shopping trip. Bath’s shops are located in a compact, accessible centre. The city… Read More

City Music Festivals

It may be rare to hear ‘music festivals’ used in the same sentence as ‘city’ but let us assure you, they do exist. People often associate music festivals with mud, camping and spending days away from our creature comforts. Not everyone’s idea of a holiday. Still, music is enjoyed by… Read More
Edinburgh festival flyers

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… Read More

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. 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

Name the Landmarks on the Map

Today’s blog is slightly more interactive: can you name the landmarks on the maps of UK cities? Two of the landmarks can be found in London, and the remaining four are dotted across Great Britain. They should be sufficiently distinctive to be tracked down, but we’ll be very impressed if… Read More

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… Read More

Name the Streets on the Map

Grab a cup of tea and your A-Z, it’s quiz time! Last time we asked you to name 6 British landmarks. Now we’re giving you a different challenge: to name 4 streets across Great Britain. The streets are pictured below with their names removed from the A-Z mapping. If you… 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

Things to do in Leeds

The name Leeds derives from “Loidis”, a name given to the forest covering the area in the 5th century. Over time Leeds has grown to be the largest UK centre for business, legal and financial services outside London. It makes sense then, that this city would be a key stop… Read More

Visiting Liverpool

Since being chosen as the 2008 European Capital of Culture, Liverpool has received investment that matches the passion of its devoted citizens. Money was poured into renovating the city centre, and improving shopping facilities and areas for nightlife. At the same time, Liverpool experienced rapid growth as a city of… Read More

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… Read More

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