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The Step Outside Blog

As anyone who looks at our books will be aware, we love London and are passionate about helping other people to enjoy our city, through cost-free family days out.


A good few people have suggested that we write a blog about London things that have caught our attention, captured our hearts or made us think - or all of the above - so here it is.

We hope you enjoy it!

Baby Tembo has been busy – and so have we!

By Francesca Fenn, May 16 2017 04:03PM

This is a big week for the Step Outside Team. We are awaiting delivery of the second edition of The London Treasure Trail. It has its own ISBN and everything! So why have we expended blood,sweat, tears and dosh to write a second edition? Well, The London Treasure Trail, our first book and the one which brought Step Outside Guides to the world, is five years old! And in that time changes have taken place which would not matter in the slightest to most wanderers in London, but which happened to be significant to Step Outsiders.

For example. We were mortified a year or so back to receive slightly peeved feedback from a user of The London Treasure Trail who had got off the bus at Kensington High Street station and followed Tembo’s instructions, only to find that he was going in completely the wrong direction! I hotfooted it to Kensington and sure enough, Transport for London have moved the bus stop from one side of the station entrance to the other – only a few metres, but completely thwarting Tembo’s instruction to walk past the station entrance. Pah.

And then Tembo was moved to John Watkins Plaza, a few metres along Portugal Street, when his original home fell prey to developers.

We painstakingly attached ‘A message from Baby Tembo’ with the amendments into every copy of The London Treasure Trail. But enough is enough, and we decided a whole new edition was needed.

It has also given us the opportunity to refresh the layout and check all the information is up to date, and we are over the moon with Sam’s fabulous new page headings and his other new artwork, including the cover.

We love books. We love writing and using books. And anyone who has used a Step Outside Guide on the ground will agree that our relaxed, companionable days out are perfectly suited to paper. We love the opportunity they give to pore over the illustrations and silly facts and observations which we so enjoy writing.

So, as long as people keep buying Step Outside Guides we will keep writing and publishing them - and you can continue enjoying and exploring our wonderful city with London’s friendliest guide books!

The new edition of The London Treasure Trail
The new edition of The London Treasure Trail
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