This is Why Daunt Books in London is One of Our Favorite Bookshops

This is Why Daunt Books in London is One of Our Favorite Bookshops

Tuesday, 8 October, 2019

Daunt Books Marylebone is like Strong Sense of Place became sentient and took up residence in an Edwardian bookshop in London.


Arched windows of stained glass filter light into a long room that’s packed from floor to ceiling with brightly colored travel books. Arranged by destination, rather than author or genre, the shelves invite you to browse, to scheme, and to mabye get a little reckless planning your next adventure.

This is the two-story room devoted to travel guides, as well as novels and memoirs set around the world. As you can see, it is heavenly.

stained glass window at Daunt Books in London

travel books at Daunt Books in London

An inspiring collection of world literature…

tabletop display of colorful books at Daunt Books in London

A rainbow array of travel guides…

colorful travel guide books at Daunt Books

The shop also offers a well-curated selection of general fiction, children’s books, cookbooks, and art volumes — as well as plenty of comfy spots to pull up a chair and peek between the covers.

the front entrance of Daunt Books in London

There’s a gorgeous collection of Agatha Christie novels…

retro style Agatha Christie novels on a bookshelf

as well as handsome editions from the Everyman’s Library collection…

a bookshelf of gray and bold books at Daunt Books

… along with irresistible table displays, like these elegant editions from Virago, a publisher that’s been devoted to publishing women authors since 1973.

book covers with geometric designs at Daunt Books

The customer service is friendly and enthusiastic, and when you walk out the door with your new treasures inside the iconic Daunt Books cloth tote bag, you’ll have an extra spring in your step.

Daunt Books tote bag


If you go…

Daunt Books has six locations throughout London; we visited the Marylebone store. For opening hours and addresses for all locations, visit the Daunt Books website.

  • Daunt Books Marylebone
  • 83 Marylebone High Street
  • London W1U 4QW
  • Nearest station: Baker Street or Bond Street

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