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Daunt Books, London

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4.7/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web
Daunt Books is a chain of bookshops in London, founded by James Daunt. It traditionally specialised in travel books. In 2010 it began publishing.BookshopsThe Marylebone High Street branch is housed in a former Edwardian bookshop with long oak galleries, graceful skylights and William Morris prints. The older section of the Marylebone shop was completed in 1912, and was originally an antiquarian bookshop called Francis Edwards. It is alleged to be the first custom-built bookshop in the world. A large, walk-in safe is visible near the entrance to the travel gallery, and is where expensive volumes were once stored. The shop was bought by former banker James Daunt and renamed Daunt Books in 1990. It now focuses on first-hand titles (especially travel-related material).The company has branches in Chelsea, Holland Park, Cheapside, Hampstead and Belsize Park.Specialising in travel, Daunt Books arranges its sections geographically, with guides, phrase books, travel writing, history and fiction grouped by their relevant country. Reviews have mentioned its customer service and knowledgeable staff.Each branch organises talks by authors, with discussions. Previous events include talks by Alexander McCall Smith, Hilary Mantel, and Michael Palin.
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  • The travel sections is just so very conprehensive, if you are the type of traveller who wants more than just to check off sights, this is the place. Every country comes with relevant literature, write...  read more »
  • Stumbled upon the Marylebone store and was so glad I did! A beautiful high street setting, but the inner architecture is definitely what wins the day. Maybe not the widest selection of books, definite...  read more »
  • I love the non-chain bookstores, and this is one of my two favorites across London. Situated on Marylebone High Street, street full of shops very cute and really nice and quiet in contrast to the nearby Oxford Street, reflects to perfection my imaginary on how it should be a library: wood and carpet are the mistress, peaceful location, quiet and classy (purely English), free to rotate freely around the store without the nagging presence of staff behind ready to importune at the first opportunity Here the staff is great, there is discretion, but the occurrence is thoroughly trained to advise and assist in the even slightest request. I like to get lost inside looking for some particular book, especially those who speak in London, from history to architecture, from unusual facts to unsolved mysteries and I never leave empty handed. In my personal top 10 of shops not to be missed under any circumstances.
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  • One of the best bookstores I've come across. Plenty of helpful staff, and the atmosphere here... doesn't get better.
  • Gorgeous book shop with a great selection of travel books. Also has plenty of other books too. A really nice place to visit, and there's no way you'll want to leave without having bought at least one book!
  • Not only does Daunt boast a wide selection of travel books, maps, fiction, children's, and nonfiction, but it carries it all in a stunningly gorgeous venue with polished wood balustrades and high ceilings. Great selection, beautiful store, and the free tote bag was definitely a plus!
  • Get lost in sea of books. One of the best curated book shops in London. You will find it hard to leave without buying something, or adding a hand full of books to your must read list.
  • A quiet and relaxing spot in the city. Great place for travel essays and tourist giudes.
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