Employers say that the number one answer to the ‘What are your weaknesses?’ question in job interviews is ‘folding maps’. Here’s the answer: Herb Lester maps are so beautiful you should forget all about folding and just frame them. These A2 and A3 maps are printed in the UK on recycled paper and fold down to a manageable A6. Their London maps include a guide to famous fashion spots, with a foreword by Sir Paul Smith; a whistle stop tour of literary London; ‘Clandestine London’ lists a number of the city’s hidden alcoves; a child friendly ‘Uncle’s Guide’; ‘Untamed London’ shows where you can find green among the grey; and the ‘Map of Spitalfields Life’ gives an insight into the area’s colourful character. These pretty, witty maps are ideal for tourists and locals alike – a must for anyone with cartographic curiosities. Jude Brosnan
For info, see herblester.com.