Sunday, June 05, 2016

London: Daunt Books, Belsize Park

As a confirmed bibliophile, London is quite the place to be. From literary salons to publishing parties, book clubs to author talks, there's always something to do in the wonderful world of books. We are also infinitely blessed to have so many independent and non-indie bookshops to treasure here in the capital, so I thought I'd make an effort to snap a picture of the ones I pop into as this year goes by, whenever I pop in to pick up a book (or seven) for myself or as a gift.

First up is the lovely Daunt Books, of Belsize Park (their other branches will no doubt feature at another time!). When I taught nearby I'd while away many an hour looking at their selection of children's books as I sought out a new read-aloud for my class, or while waiting to meet a friend for an after work cup of coffee (or something stronger!). Whenever I'm in the area I'll pop in if I have a spare five minutes or so - I always find a new, interesting book. 

I love the kids' section - the range of books is always superb and the mix of the big publishing houses with some classics and some more left-field choices means there truly is a book for every little person.

I'm such a sucker for an 'If you like, then...' selection.

There are lots of card options available too - perfect if like me you love to send notes and messages!

The selection for adults, both fiction and non-fiction, has a great breadth. The selection of travel writing in particular is really something! I'm always impressed at how many books they manage to fit into what is not the hugest store. The staff are charming and helpful, and keen to match you up with a great book.

I loved these displays of special collections - I adore these birds and bees covers from Vintage Classics, designed by Timorous Beasties!

I always enjoy popping in to Daunt whenever I'm in the vicinity. If you're ever in Belsize Park I hope you do to!

Daunt Books
193 Haverstock Hill 


  1. Beautiful bookshop. I love browsing in bookshops, such a shame many around my town have closed down.

    1. That's a real shame - they add so much to communities.

  2. London is paradise for bibliophiles. I was able to go on vacation there earlier in the spring and had a wonderful time visiting all the bookshops. I really enjoy posts like this.

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the piece - I'm hoping to highlight more and more bookshops as the year progresses.

  3. It was the first time that I had been to Belsize Park on a job I was doing a couple of weeks back but I actually stumbled into this bookshop on the way home!

    1. Ha, it's a small world! Such a lovely pocket of goodness in Belsize Park.

  4. I do love Daunt Books, such a lovely book shop and it always always always reminds me of how much I love reading. x

    Honey x The Girl Next Shore

    1. Love that - exactly what a good book shop should do!

  5. Book shops are my fave sort of shop and London is full of great ones, I love Charing Cross road for the used book shops.

    1. Oh, me too! I can lose hours down there, haha!

  6. I've heard of Daunt Books, yet I've not been. I must visit next time I'm done in London :)

    1. Oh, I hope you love it - such a great little indie chain.


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