1. Daunt Books
The original and largest of six branches has a gorgeous triple-height gallery (pictured right) for browsing in comfort.
- 83 Marylebone High Street, W1U 4QW
Begun in 1797, London’s oldest bookshop supplies the royal household. There are
five floors to explore, including plenty of signed copies and rare first editions.
- 187 Piccadilly, W1J 9LE
3. London Review Bookshop
Run by the prestigious London Review of Books journal, this Bloomsbury store is great for personal recommendations of new titles and there’s an excellent café too.
- 14 Bury Place, WC1A 2JL
4. Persephone Books
This publisher-cum-bookshop reprints neglected fiction by female writers in distinctive light-grey book jackets.
- 59 Lamb’s Conduit Street, WC1N 3NB
5. Lutyens & Rubinstein
The Notting Hill shop of a respected literary agency is stocked with carefully curated fiction and non-fiction titles.
- 21 Kensington Park Road, W11 2EU
WORDS: Florence Sheward