11+1 charming bookshops in London

11+1 charming bookshops in London

Looking for a great book to get stuck into? Or simply need an excuse to spend a Sunday browsing some of London’s most charming places? There’s nothing like a good bookshop to lose yourself in and enjoy fine literature surrounded by beautiful and quirky decors and the scent of unopened pages or used rare books. The city is filled with independent bookshops who offer unique experiences that you won’t find from an e-book!


#1 Daunt Books

 

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The emblematic and “picture-perfect” bookshop in Marylebone is one of London’s institutional places. We simply can’t resist to the library’s beautiful Edwardian style, comprising a stunning arched window glazed with stained glass… At Daunt Books, the literary works are sorted by country (no matter what the genre) and will surely ignite a sense of wanderlust for anyone who visits!

83 Marylebone High Street, W1U 4QW

 

#2 Walden books

 

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Walden books is an authentic independent bookshop serving up a selection of used and rare books. Prized by collectors, bookworms, students, artists, writers and passers-by, the little book shop is ideally hidden away, adorned with beautiful flowers!

38 Harmood Street, NW1 8DP

 

#3 Primrose Hill books

 

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The little bookshop is the perfect place to linger and pass the day away… Perched on top of one of the prettiest high streets in London, in the centre of an area inhabited by many artists and writers. Primrose Hill books encourages you to browse  the collection of books on health, inner peace, spiritual awareness, cookery, travel and art – carefully selected by husband and wife owners Jessica and Marek Graham for nearly 30 years!

 

#4 Libreria

 

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Inspired by Jorge Luis Borges “The Library of Babel”, Libreria surely is a fascinating place. Upon entering, you’ll be quickly submerged into a world of mirrored walls and ceilings surrounding the yellow curving shelves. The books are arranged in peculiar categories or broad themes, such as “Wanderlust”, “Enchantment for disenchanted” or “The City”. Designed as a “second home”, Libreria is a tech-free space so leave your gadgets and phones behind!

65 Hanbury Street, E1 5JP

 

#5 Lutyens and Rubinstein

 

 

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This beautifully designed bookshop boasts an impressive selection of literature alongside an unusual browsing experience. Each book that you’ll find in there comes with a personal recommendation as the collection was curated after sounding hundreds of readers’ opinions! The result: an epic selection of literature in a brilliant spot!

21 Kensington Park Road, W11 2EU

 

#6 Books for Cooks

 

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As the title says it, the famous Notting Hill bookshop focuses on the wonderful world of food. This means both a bookshop and an intimate eatery all in one place! The shelves are filled with cookbooks and they even have an on-site test kitchen were they regularly try out new recipes!

4 Blenheim Crescent, W11 1NN

 

#7 Persephone Books

 

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In the heart of Marylebone, Persephone Books exclusively sells works by twentieth-century female authors who are both unfairly neglected and unknown. Persephone Books don’t sell published titles from elsewhere, in this unique bookshop, you’ll only find books that they have printed themselves in house!

59 Lamb’s Conduit Street, WC1N 3NB

 

#8 Word on the water

 

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The only floating bookshop in London is certainly a place to visit! Buoyed up on Regent’s Canal, Word on the Water is an aqueous home of talks, poetry readings and even hosts musical performances!

Regent’s Canal Towpath, Kings Cross, N1C 4LW

 

#9 John Sandoe Books

 

 

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You can’t miss this marvellous Dickensian-style shop just off the Kings Road! Occupying three floors of three connecting eighteenth-century shops, the shop is piled high with books, they are even stacked up the stairs! Be warned though, it’s very unlikely that you will leave empty-handed!

10 Blacklands Terrace, Chelsea, SW3 2SR

 

#10 Foster Books

 

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This tiny historic bookshop in the heart of Chiswick is a must-visit for any book worm Specialising in hard to find out of print and used books, this gem is highly recognisable with its beautiful green facade… but don’t stay outside posing: a stunning range of rare books is waiting inside for you!

183 Chiswick High Road, W4 2DR

 

#11 The Notting Hill Bookshop

 

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How could we not mention the famous bookshop responsible for Hugh Grant and Julia Robert’s love at first sight! Don’t be surprised that you recognize the space which inspired the setting for the opening scenes of Roger Michell’s ‘Notting Hill’! But apart from this cinematographic notoriety, this small independent store has also an excellent selection of travel books and offers a wide range of genres, from YA to True Crime.

13 Blenheim Cres, London W11 2EE

 

#12 Heywood Hill

 

 

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It is with good reason that Heywood Hill was awarded a royal warrant in 2011. The beautiful Georgian townhouse in the heart of Mayfair offers one of the richest selection of books, from brand new to antiquarian to a great children’s selection!

10 Curzon St, Mayfair, London W1J 5HH

 

 

 

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