Welcome to the latest episode of Londonist Out Loud, a podcast about London, as recommended by The Telegraph. You can listen in-browser, or subscribe via iTunes or RSS. We’re also available on Stitcher.
Londonist Out Loud is presented and produced by N Quentin Woolf.
This week’s guest is David Mantero, who works for one of London's oldest map-sellers, Stanfords in Covent Garden, established in 1853. NQW talks to him about the history of the firm, monopolies, Michael Palin and the threat of Google maps. We also hear about a map-related dispute between Scott of the Antarctic and Shackleton.
Plus, listen to find out the mysterious connection between Sherlock Holmes and the firm.
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