Five lovely spots where you can lose your head in a book.
You’re short on money and time but want to island-hop in Greece, board the Trans-Siberian Railway or walk the Great Wall of China? Come to Daunt Books instead. 83 Marylebone High St, W1U 4QW.
Goldsboro is the place to find the first edition of your favourite book signed by the author. If your wallet is looking thin, bargain hunt in the used books section. The staff here are incredibly knowledgeable, so ask for a book recommendation. 23-25 Cecil Court, WC2N 4EZ.
Ever go to an art gallery just for the gift shop at the end? If so, you’ll love the coffee-table books on photography, fine art and fashion that rub shoulders on the dark shelves here. 80 Charing Cross Rd, WC2H 0BB.
Sure, books are sold here, but what visitors are really after is the fine assortment of teas, cakes and salads in the café. After all, literature is best served with a rooibos tea and a pistachio rose cake! 14 Bury Place, WC1A 2JL.
If I could, I’d make a film about the founder of this hidden gem, Nicola Beauman. Her imagination gave birth to this cosy shop that sells twentieth-century novels written (mostly) by women. Freshly printed books come wrapped in a signature grey book cover. Don’t expect bestsellers; do expect unique reads. 59 Lamb’s Conduit St, WC1N 3NB.
By Marie Schulte-Bockum, 22, student