During colder months, Daunt Books' Marylebone branch and its quaint, traditional travel section is the perfect spot to hide out until the sunshine returns. While there is an excellent selection of guide books, maps and travelogues for you to choose from, many people come just for the beautiful back room with its oak balconies, viridian-green walls and stained-glass window.
When the author William Styron said: ‘Reading [is] the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay’, he probably had no idea how true a statement it was. If you're looking for inspiration on where to spend some quality alone time with a good read ahead of World Book Day on March 5, we have good news: you are spoilt for choice.
London is absolutely bursting with spots to connect over books; from the hipstery streets of Hackney to a Conservative-club-turned-Brixton-pub, and from the magical shrines of public libraries and bookshops to grassroots book clubs that have sprung up across the city. Here’s our pick of the eight best places to read in London.
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