Santa's Lap: Historical London A-Z

By Lindsey Last edited 102 months ago
Santa's Lap: Historical London A-Z

Every day until Christmas we will be pointing you in the direction of a London-inspired Christmas gift that (with a bit of luck) you won’t already have on your list. Climb up onto our collective lap and we’ll see what we can move from our sack to your stockings…


Like exploring London? How about doing it with a vintage street map to get an idea of how things have changed since before the Second World War?

The London A to Z Street Map Historical Edition is a reproduction atlas from circa 1938/39. It includes 23,000 streets from central London and out to the suburbs of Edgware, Whetstone, Palmers Green, Edmonton, Walthamstow, Snaresbrook, Seven Kings, Barking, Silvertown, Plumstead, Kidbrooke, Bellingham, South Sydenham, Croydon, Streatham Common, Morden, Wimbledon Common, Twickenham, Richmond, Kew, Hanwell, Ealing Broadway, Wembley, Harrow and Wealdstone.

Also included are a tube map, guide to places of interest and specialist maps of theatres, cinemas, clubs and shopping centres. A foldout coloured pictorial map of central London is tucked inside the back cover.

And to top it all, the atlas is supplied in "a stout protective slipcase". Super.

The A to Z Atlas and Guide to London and Suburbs 1938/9 costs £9.95 and is available from, Imperial War Museums and Stanfords.

Browse previous gift suggestions including more unusual maps of London.

Last Updated 18 December 2013