Daunt Books - Marylebone
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Posted: Tue Nov 30 1999
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.
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When you see this Edwardian bookshop, you'll realise it's actually a familiar site in London. Daunt tote bags seem to be left right and centre - the more you look out for them, the more noticeable they become. There are a couple of Daunt Bookshops in London, but you want to head to the Marylebone branch. This is one of those magic bookshops where you could find a gift for everyone you know - or simply walk out 3 hours later with 8 books for yourself. The whole store is hushed, with a wonderful library feel. But best of all is the travel section - head straight to the back. There you'll find books arranged not by author, but by country. For example, if you wanted to travel to Sweden, you would head over to the Swedish section. There you would find travel books on Sweden, accompanied by Swedish language books, novels based in Sweden, and maybe a few pieces of interesting non fiction based in the country. Magic!