Benson’s Handy London Map & Guide is probably our favourite London street map, and the one we recommend, and it covers everywhere that a tourist will likely need. It is very easy to read, and also includes a little bit of information about the most popular attractions. They also sell a Bus Map version, and a fold-out Visitor Map version.
The London Mapguide is another street map that we definitely recommend, and covers everywhere that you will need. It cleverly includes which tube lines pass through each station directly on the map (which most maps don’t do), and also contains a little bit of information about the various different attractions.
Collins London street maps are very detailed, and come in various sizes. Their Pocket Map version doesn’t quite reach as far as Kensington Palace, Chelsea or London Zoo, but they also have a Pocket Atlas which goes as far as Hammersmith, Hampstead and Woolwich, plus another version that covers Greater London.
It’s probably not a good idea to let your kids do the main job of map reading (unless they’re earned their map reading badge at cubs or girl guides, of course), but there are plenty of simplified London maps for children. These maps can help them have fun and follow along, whilst teaching them how to navigate around town.
These London pop-out maps are so handy that we recommend them to everyone. Whilst the area they cover isn’t quite extensive enough, it uses some clever origami to pack up into a thin slip that is no bigger than the palm of your hand. So you can forget all about that struggling to fold up your map! It just slips straight in to your wallet or pocket.
The AA London street maps describe themselves as being “London’s Clearest Street Mapping”, and whilst we wouldn’t quite go that far, they are certainly detailed and easy to read. They come in various different sizes from Mini and Pocket to Maxi, and come in paperback and spiral versions, which makes them a lot easier to lay flat.
The A-to-Z London street maps are the most detailed and extensive of all the maps, and are therefore not usually ones that we recommend to tourists. Apart from the fold-out Maps & Walks version, their other ones include much more information than a holiday maker would normally need, but is great for locals who need to travel further out.
Philip’s London Street Atlas is another very good London street map, with plenty of detail about a wide area, but it contains much more information than a tourist will ever need. But if you’re a local Londoner who needs a good street atlas, then this may be the one you’re looking for. It comes in different sizes, in paperback and spiral versions.
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