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Knopf MapGuide: London Paperback – July 14, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 60 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf (July 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375710957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375710957
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,960,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Washington Post says, “The map guide lets you be inconspicuous: it’s as small and light as a novella, and its flip-out maps could pass as a flyer to a cool club.”

“Make sure you never lose your way in a strange city. Each of the Knopf MapGuides captures its city’s pith in a package as small as a passport wallet…”– Real Simple

“Knopf MapGuides are handy, practical and perfect for those of us who are slightly impaired when it comes to map-reading. You don’t have to search a huge crackling sheet with a microscopic index for one of 10,000 dots on the map…The extraordinary quality of the books’ beautiful hues and heavy paper also give these $8.95 guides an evocative quality that stands apart from the glossy, garish look of most travel books.” – Marin Independent Journal

“A good, handy portable item for a quick trip” – San Francisco Chronicle

“We love Knopf’s smart new map guides.” – Travel & Leisure

Customer Reviews

I love Knopf Guides.
LizCobLaz
It has great maps and brief descriptions of key places, all of which are very useful as you move around the city.
traveling mainer
Easy to carry, easy to read and compact so you don't have to fold those miserable city maps.
Triplanner

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A. W. Straub on July 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
As a first time European visitor with a 13 year old daughter towing me about, I decided to purchase no less than 8 travel books prior to going. Doing most of our travel on foot, bus, or via "the tube," I found that my "light weight is better" tourist transformation completed with us carrying only this book, the "Travelling around Your Tube and bus map" (tfl.gov.uk) and the little guide book from the folks at "The London Pass." Being middle aged and of little brain, and lesser eyesight, this book has easy to read, has larger than normal print on the maps, and The Tube guide handily in the back. On top of it all, it is small, weighs only 4.9 oz (138 g - sweat soaked) and contains an index with such entries as "Westminster Abbey." The only thing that could have made it better would be to make the Tube map in one piece. This minor inconvenience was easily overlooked once the Pimms had set in.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Levy on May 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is definitely not the book to use to plan your trip to London, since the descriptions of the attractions are little more than blurbs, but this is absolutely the best map you could have. It's compact, easy to read, and the maps have twice the detail of any other map I've seen. I threw out the map I got with Frommer's guide (Frommer's was largely useless anyway) because it only labelled the main streets. Knopf's labels almost every street, which was a huge help when walking around the city. It's wonderful to find the street you are currently walking down on the map instead of having to wait until you hit a major intersection to figure out where you are. If you're going to London, get this book. You'll be glad you did when you don't have to fold and unfold a huge street map over and over again.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By NYC Girl on October 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have been to London several times over the past 12 years and also lived there briefly. This book is great - it breaks out the city into neighborhoods (Mayfair, City, etc), has great unobtrusive folding maps, and also lists restaurants and sites in that particular area. The book is small but easy to read, is sturdy, and nicely produced. I recommend it to everyone who is planning on visiting the city. I think if you have this, and the "A to Zed" (which details every single street, unlike a regular guide book), you're set.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Beatrice Izzey VINE VOICE on April 21, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I studied this map two months before I went to London for the first time. This map made me think it's a cozy, easy-strolling, pretty, understandable, doable city.

Once I was there, when I started trying to navigate using this map, I learned that it had created an illusion of simplicity. It was actually quite useless, as it gives the names of the bigger streets, and omits the tiny myriad side streets.

The Tube map should have been integrated into the map, but while the map shows the stations, you don't get the sense of which stations connect. You need to have a Tube map to do a side by side comparison, constantly.

I wound up buying a London A-Z map which gives every tiny alley, notes every dead end. The A-Z is "too much information," but it does not attempt to sugarcoat and obfuscate. My recommendation, based on experience: buy the London A-Z and a compass, as there are few North-South streets.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By traveling mainer on May 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
We found this guide to be the one we carried with us every day. It has great maps and brief descriptions of key places, all of which are very useful as you move around the city. There is an index and a tube map in the back. Places to visit and see, shop and eat are described and located handily on various close up maps. This one fits in a purse or pocket, isn't big and bulky and can therefore be looked at discreetly. The pages are stiff enough not to rip on repeated use. Next time I travel, I'll check out similar guides to other cities.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cascade book lover on November 30, 2011
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This little book is a nice combination of guide and map. I'm somewhat obsessed with finding the perfect guidebook every time I take a trip ... I often buy more than one just to be sure I don't miss anything. While it's great to have that kind of information on hand, it's best to have on hand back at the hotel in my suitcase rather than weighing down my purse while I'm out sightseeing. I read through my big guidebooks, then made a few sticky notes with a few things I wanted to remember and stuck them on the relevant pages of this one to take with me. After all, who needs to lug a guidebook containing things like hotel information around all day?

This is a great size for carrying in a purse. It's also small enough that my husband can be persuaded to stow it in his jacket. Even better!

The book starts out with a double-page horizontal fold-out showing a map of the entire city divided into 10 sections. It gives some very basic information on the city, getting around, etc. Each section then gets its own two-page vertical fold-out, including a larger map. Points of interest are reviewed, including a number of restaurants, bars, shopping, and things to see. There are lots of color pictures on every page. The maps include Underground stations and there's also an Underground map in the back.

The section maps are MUCH easier to read than the little maps you can get from the hotels or at the Metro stations. Not only is the print bigger, but the maps themselves are not as unwieldy as a regular map. I felt just a little less touristy reading them.

While I wouldn't recommend this as your ONLY guide to London, overall I think they did a good job of balancing the need for information with a manageable size.
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