Though not strictly a travel bookshop, this beautiful Edwardian shop will always be seen first and foremost as a travel specialist thanks to its elegant three-level back room complete with oak balconies, viridian-green walls, conservatory ceiling and stained-glass window – home to row upon row of guide books, maps, language reference, history, politics, travelogue and related fiction organised by country.
France, Britain, Italy and the United States are particularly well represented; go downstairs to find more far-flung destinations. Travel aside, Daunt is also a first-rate stop for literary fiction, biography, gardening and much more. James Daunt’s commitment to providing proper careers for his workers ensures an informed and keen team of staff.
Branches: 51 South End Road, NW3 2QB (7794 8206); 193 Haverstock Hill, NW3 4QL (7794 4006); 112-114 Holland Park Avenue, W11 4UA (7727 7022); 158-164 Fuham Road, SW10 9PR (7373 4997)
Daunt Books is number 45 in our list of the 100 best shops in London.