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What: Daunt Books, Bookshop
One of my absolute favorite bookshops in the world is Daunt Books in London. Here time seems to be frozen. And this is because of the impressing interior, not because of an obsolete structure or little to offer. On the contrary, Daunt books offer a large selection of fiction and non-fiction books and an even bigger selection of travel books. Founded in 1990, there are five other stores located across the city: on Marylebone High Street, in Chelsea, Holland Park, Cheapside, Hampstead and Belsize Park. But to me the store on Marylebone High Street housed within a beautiful old Edwardian building is the most impressive one.
Specialized in travel literature, the way Daunt arranges the books is particularly interesting. For a single country, guides, but also phrase books, history books, fiction and non-fiction books are gathered together. This is kind of unusual but I prefer this clever arrangement a lot.
Daunt pride themselves on old-fashioned service and extensive knowledge. The store’s owner James Daunt refuses to sell books he wouldn’t read himself. If you need a little rest of turbulent London life, enjoy the calm and distinguished atmosphere in here. It’s like a time journey, there’s nothing more pleasant than whiling away an hour or two. BvH
83 Marylebone High Street
London W1U 4QW, England
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