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Daunt Books, London

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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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  • So you want to live here like this unbearable Bookstore. It is a sigh so nicely decorated. I can't warm soft light. Recommend a shop-vac to say was the biggest thing to say directly at the cash register, I bought. Sample non-colors, thanks for showing it is also a nice response. I actually use very easy to use and make believe very firmly because one bought.
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  • Such a warm and welcoming store with books displayed invitingly. Glad to see people still value in picking a book up to decide if they want to purchase it. 
  • An Edwardian bookshop with the original oak galleries and fascinating choice of literature. True British bookshop 
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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.