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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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  • Where Waterstones is rather formulaic and often seems more interested in selling a drink or a sandwich than a book, Daunt's is eccentric exciting and atmospheric. It's a vertitable wooden barn of a pl...  more »
  • Daunts is a beautiful bookshop with a wonderfully looked-after collection. I used to wander round almost every day on my lunch break when I worked nearby - the staff didn't seem to mind! I love the at...  more »
  • We stumbled upon Daunt Books and were delighted that we did! It is a beautiful, peaceful space with a wonderful range of reading selections. We particularly loved the back room with the large arched w...  more »
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  • Stunning bookshop where you could probably spend hours looking through the shelves or sit back and read. I mainly looked at the travel books which are in abundance. The staff were friendly and helpful
  • What can I say about Daunt Books that hasn't already been said? Simply glorious. I can't pass without going in for at least a moment; it's food for the soul simply to be in that space. Oh, and a great selection of books, too :)
  • This is one of London's oldest and most beautiful book stores. The staff are extremely friendly and I would recommend you chat with them about their recommendations. So knowledgeable!
  • London has some wonderful boutique, one off and small bookshops but any bookworm will tell you, Daunt Books will always be at the top of the London Bookshop Hierarchy.Daunt Books cater for all enthusiasms, interests, passions, ages, cultures - whether you've been devouring books for a life time and are heading here for the latest release, or you just want to browse and see what's new - you can find whatever your bookish delight might be in this stunning venue. The architecture of the shop is sublime, it really does feel like time has stood still!I was in need of a couple of new books to tide me over until the end of the month and it has been a tough couple of months for me in terms of having to part with two thirds of my book library due to moving. I didn't have a clue what I was after or in need of but it only took me minutes of casual browsing on the 'recommended' displays to pick up three new books by new authors (I've already finished one and it was a stunning read 'Grief is the Thing with Feathers' if you're after a short but eloquent book that will definitely stay in your thoughts for a while!).This particular embodiment of the Daunt franchise focus' on books for travel and you can find a book about every single country, town or city you could dream up - For reals.
  • The spiritual home of all London book overs. Always a joy to browse and hard not to walk away with a signature bag full of new wonders

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