October 3, 2017Posted by Bethany Larson Bloch
London is as well known for it’s not-always-sunny weather as it is for its love of tea. Combine them and you have perfect
conditions for curling up with a good book. Luckily, it is also an ideal setting for shopping for that book, with an impressive range of bibliophile stores catering to all tastes, budgets and concerns.
Keen to take home (or perhaps just admire) tomes that are older than many countries? Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers is the world’s leading specialist in 18th- and 19th-century English literature and history. At Peter Ellis, don’t be surprised if you come across publications from the 16th century or a first edition of The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Then there’s London’s oldest bookshop and “bookseller to the Royal Households” – Hatchards has been selling good reads (including lots of signed titles and special editions) since 1797.
Not quite as ancient but still a gorgeous and historic retail space, Edwardian-era Daunt Books in Marylebone is a must for lovers of travel literature. For more trip inspiration (and to take a gander at an enviably epic collection of maps) head to Stanfords, the largest travel bookshop with maps, travel accessories and more filling its three-story Covent Garden store.
Offering an equal slice of independent spirit and tempting cake, the London Review Bookshop is the eponymous brick-and-mortar extension of Britain’s most highly esteemed literary magazine. Just as indie but a lot more design-centric, Magma oozes with contemporary eye candy in the way of awesome art and graphic design books, collectable toys, T-shirts and an eclectic mega-load of magazines.