London’s Top Specialist Bookshops

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The city of London is something of a paradise for book lovers and literary types. With attractions like Speakers’ Corner, The British Library, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station, it’s easy to see why so many avid readers flock to the capital.

There are also a multitude of specialist bookshops across the city, where keen bookworms can track down special editions of their favourite novels, or pick up exciting new works from unknown talents. Many of them are home to independent coffee shops, so you can relax with your new book – or maybe you’ll retreat to a local hotel like the centrally-located Shaftesbury Suites London Marble Arch, for an evening in your luxury suite with your fantastic bookshop haul.

If that sounds like your own idea of heaven, be sure to visit these top independent and specialist bookshops during your stay.

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Daunt Books

84 Marylebone High St, Marylebone, London W1U 4QW

Daunt Books has various stores across the capital, but this one is perhaps the most beautiful. Situated inside an Edwardian building with many of its original features still intact, this gorgeous store is a fantastic place to stumble across new works. The books are not arranged by genre or author – they’re all categorised by country, making this the perfect bookshop for those who are eager to pick up a hidden gem.

Lutyens & Rubinstein

21 Kensington Park Rd, London, W11 2EU

This independent bookshop was founded as recently as 2009, but it’s already racked up a wonderful reputation for quality. It focuses on stocking truly excellent fiction and non-fiction. You could wander into this store, pick up the first book you see and rest assured that you’re in for a treat. It’s also a stone’s throw away from The Shaftesbury Hyde Park International Hotel, so you can hotfoot it back to your suite and curl up with your new novel.


1 Berwick St, Soho, London W1F 0DR

If graphic novels and comics are more your thing, Gosh! should be the first stop on your bookstore tour. Located in the trendy district of Soho, this basement shop is packed with graphic novels of every genre, from the mainstream superhero offerings to the more obscure small press. If you’re lucky, you might also get your hands on a signed edition.


107 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DT

Foyle’s is perhaps London’s most famous independent bookstore. It has a long, illustrious history, having opened way back in 1903, and it recently moved just a few doors along to a larger outlet on Charing Cross Road. This reflects the enormous demand the store still caters to, even more than 100 years after it initially opened.

Inside, you’ll find books in every category and genre imaginable, as well as a sizeable gift section that has the potential to lure you in for hours. An on-site café also offers the perfect opportunity to grab a hot drink and watch the world go by as you delve into the first few chapters of your latest purchase.