5 of the best independent bookshops London

London Review Bookshop

14 Bury Place

WC1A 2JL

Bloomsbury

+44 (0)20 7269 9030

www.londonreviewbookshop.co.uk

This bookshop was set up in 2003 by London Review of Books, the esteemed literary journal. The stock is carefully selected and very strong on literature, biography, politics, history, essays and poetry in particular. They organise several talks and events each month. Through a gap in the wall, between the books, you can access the Cake Shop, which is one of the best cafes in the city, a real literary salon.

John Sandoe Books

10 Blacklands Terrace

SW3 2SR

South West

+44 (0)20 7589 9473

www.johnsandoe.com

Located in recently refurbished and expanded (but still small) premises in an 18th-century terrace, this delightful bookshop is bibliophile's dream. 28.000 titles are crammed in over the three narrow floors, with an emphasis on literature, history, biography, poetry, art and children's. The staff are incredibly knowledgeable and will go the extra mile to find the book you're after.

Lutyens & Rubinstein

21 Kensington Park

Road

W11 2EU

West

+44 (0)20 7229 1010

www.lutyensrubinstein.co.uk

The literature, poetry, children's and art sections are particularly good here, with lots of surprising and excellent selections. The service is expert and friendly. Their innovative A Year in Books is a bespoke service of individually chosen books sent out every month depending on your personal tastes.

Daunt Books

83 Marylebone High St

W1U 4QW

Marylebone

+44 (0)20 7224 2295

www.dauntbooks.co.uk

Daunt's flagship bookshop is arguably the most beautiful retail space in London, housed in a stunning Edwardian building with oak galleries and skylights. They offer 'books for travellers' - either intellectual or geographical. Their iconic tote bags are something of a fashion accessory around town.

 

Foyles

107 Charing Cross Road

WC2H oDT

Soho

+44 (0)20 7437 5660

foyles.co.uk

Foyles is London's biggest independent bookshop, and probably its most legendary. Founded in 1903 it has recently entered a new and modern era, having moved the flagship store a few doors down the street into a purpose-built 'bookshop of the future.' The new building has an airy atrium, smart cafe, large events space and thankfully Ray's Jazz shop still has its corner niche.

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