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!
193 Haverstock Hill