At Map Gift Shop we're always keen to search out the positive in any situation.....and we believe that this is a great time for a Staycation in London. It's undeniably quieter than ever before, you can enjoy the sights without your space being invaded by international tourists and you can get a seat on the train.
It is of course worth checking in advance (if you are hoping to enjoy specific attractions) not everything is open or offering an even near to normal service. But lots of galleries (including the National Gallery) are now open and are super quiet - pre-booking is often a requirement in museums, galleries and restaurants (which actually is a serious boon as some of the most hyped London restaurants who previously had refused to take bookings are now playing the reservations game). There are cheaper menus too for those on a budget with the 'Eat Out to Help Out' campaign launching today.... if you are prepared to do the research there are plenty of bargains to be had - hotels and b and b's previously out of reach are now affordable.
If you are interested in exploring the capital and its history on foot - We have a collection of guide books by Metro London packed with interesting details about London's history with fascinating stories and more general historical facts. So pack a mask and a map and head for the metropolis.
With all this in mind we have jumped in with 'Home is Where Our Heart Is', our new collection of Archway (& Tufnell Park) inspired merch for locals who know how good it is here and are keen to share it - visitors proud to have discovered the delights and former North Londoners missing the hood - take a look at our own brand collection designed by Ian Morris celebrating our locale. We have T Shirts, Mugs & Coasters, Cards, Notebooks in store and online now with more products launching very soon.
Whatever you decide to do this Summer - Enjoy! It'll be one to remember for sure.