‘Ordnance Survey has been mapping Great Britain since 1791 – today it's integral to life, on average we rely on OS data 42 times a day – from banking and deliveries to emergency response and property searches, and every time we use our utilities. It’s exciting to partner with them for our latest concept store, to delve into the expertise and innovation that underpins the age old activity – walking’ Anya Hindmarch
For our first concept store of 2024, we’re delighted to partner with Ordnance Survey to bring ‘Anya Says Walk’ to The Village in Chelsea, from 6th January to 25th February. Inspired by Anya’s love of walking, the space is dedicated to the pastime. Working closely with Ordnance Survey – who as part of their vast and vital impact, have digitally mapped over 7 million routes across Britain – we’ve curated a line-up of experts and specialist products, from walking bags to Anya Says Walk branded accessories, all presented in a wonderfully ambling-focused space.
The original geospatial experts, Ordnance Survey is Great Britain’s national mapping service, a public corporation of the government’s Department for Science, Innovation and Technology with the autonomy to operate with substantial day-to-day independence. For over 200 years, OS has been triangulating and recording the geographical features of the British Isles – from military mapping in the early 1800s to introducing the National Grid in 1936, the organisation has been integral to recording and maintaining the mapping of Britain.
In the seventies, OS pioneered the digitisation of mapping, leading to the creation of a national geographic database, which now contains more than 500 million man made and natural landscape features and 33 million addresses. Today the brand’s paper maps are still in circulation, and it has pioneered the digital mapping of over 7 million routes across Britain. OS makes 20,000 updates to the mapping database every day, surveys 100,000 square kilometres of Britain every year. Vital to day to day life, we rely on OS data 42 times a day on average, including banking, logistics, deliveries, property searches, using our utilities, sat nav and much more.
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Alongside our own capsule walking collection, which includes our Walking Bag and a selection of cosy knitwear, discover best in class products – from navigation tools to walking boots, via books, dog accessories, hiking equipment, socks and wet weather gear. The space itself is a celebration of all things walking – think stacked maps, Anya-branded signage and an OS-inspired colour palette.
Plus, discover our plethora of events and activities designed to inspire and excite – including a guided walking tour, complete with little-known history, after school activities and talks with world-renowned walking experts.
Anya In Conversation With Ordnance Survey
Tuesday 6th February
Prepare to rethink everything you think you know about navigation as Nick Giles OBE, MD Consumer at Ordnance Survey. Hunting for the perfect wild swimming spot? Want to charge your electric vehicle? Ordnance Survey has the answer.
For over 200 years, OS has been at the forefront of mapping in Great Britain. Expect to hear about the fascinating history of OS, snippets of surprising information (did you know the National Geographic database contains over half a billion geographic features?) and the exciting ways OS will shape the future of Great Britain…
This event will be held at Anya Says Walk, surrounded by original artefacts on loan from the OS archive. As well as his wealth of knowledge, Nick will share exclusive imagery at what promises to be a fascinating and entertaining evening.
£20 per ticket
Anya Hindmarch Tour of Chelsea
Saturday 10th February
Katie Wignall, the multi-award winning history blogger, art historian and prize winning blue badge tourist guide will guide two dynamic history walks, starting at Anya Says Walk at the Village and winding through the local area. Led by Katie and her wealth of local knowledge, you’ll discover the hidden history of London’s Chelsea – from classical architecture to secret rivers, Judy Garland’s one time home to the spot Oscar Wilde was arrested, then warm up with a hot drink at the Anya Cafe.
Limited to 15 per walking tour. Ticket price includes a hot drink from Anya Café at the end of the walk.
£40 per ticket