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Daunt Books, London
(4.7/5 based on 95 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 kind of bookshop you could browse in for hours. A huge selection of books and large area downstairs devoted to different areas of the world. A real spot of culture down Marylebone High Street and ...  more »
  • This bookstore is stunningly beautiful and kidnapped in other worlds. Bright, large rooms, galleries with spiral staircases and the old wood creaking in many steps. Everything seems deliberate, ancient and centuries old stories could be told. Who comes to London and loves books should look around here. There are other branches but these remain my love.
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  • Never heard of Daunt before but what a delightful store. I then asked them to post the books to me which they did, and look how fantastically they packed them. 
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  • Quite possibly my favorite bookshop anywhere. They are of course specialized in travel books, which they have sorted by country. However, they have a lot more beyond travel books - fiction, politics, history, cooking, books for kids etc. It's a great place to find inspiration in general. The staff are knowledgeable and helpful. And the bookshop is visually stunning.
  • Favorite books store in London. Opened a book when I got home it was signed. Great selection of travel book.
  • Has many popular books typical to larger bookstores but has a cozy local bookstore feel
  • A lovely independent bookstore on the Marylebone High Street, just about a seven minute walk from Oxford Street. Specialising mostly in travel books, but has other genres too. Tip: Subscribe to their eNewsletter to get updates about their in store events. From time to time they host author talks. A lecture plus a glass of wine costs about £7.
  • One of the best bookstores I've come across. Plenty of helpful staff, and the atmosphere here... doesn't get better.