There is nothing better than spending a day in one of the London bookstores. Pleasant aroma, crunch of pages and countless interesting books, which bookshelves are filled with - all this attracts people. Fortunately, London is home to an impressive selection of bookstores that create an extraordinary literary history of the capital. We have collected for you a list of the most beautiful and popular places where you can not only pick up an interesting novel, but also have a good time and even have a cup of aromatic coffee.
11 most beautiful and visited bookstores in London
1. John Sandoe Books
This glorious place seems to have come down from the pages of Dickens's novel. The picturesque interior, many fresh flowers, creaky narrow stairs that lead to shelves, "stuffed" literary masterpieces - be prepared to never leaving anywhere for at least a few hours.
Address: 10 Blacklands Terrace, Chelsea, London SW3 2SR.
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday from 9:30 to 18:30, Sunday from 11:00 to 17:00 (opening hours may vary).
Official website: http://www.johnsandoe.com
2. Daunt Books
Undoubtedly, Daunt Books is the most "instagram" bookstore in the capital. A stunning selection of books, elegant furnishings and fantastic stained glass windows - it all makes you feel like you got into another world.
Address: 84 Marylebone High St, Marylebone, London W1U 4QW.
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday from 9:00 to 19:30, Sunday from 11:00 to 18:00.
Official website: https://www.dauntbooks.co.uk
The most prestigious bookshop of the city is also the oldest in the UK. Hatchards first opened its doors to the great British public in 1797 and is home to more than 100,000 rare, limited and first editions that are placed on beautiful oak and mahogany shelves. It is one of the most refined, respected and revered bookstores in London.
Address: 187 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9LE.
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday from 9:30 to 20:00, Sunday from 12:00 to 18:30.
Official website: https://www.hatchards.co.uk
4. Gay's The Word
It is amazing that Gay's The Word is the only bookshop in the country, fully dedicated to LGBT. The famous city pearl contains a huge selection of strange stories, theories and literature. Topics cover sex, relationships, parenting, as well as classical works of the gay canon. The store regularly hosts discussions and events related to the culture of the LGBT.
Address: 66 Marchmont St, Kings Cross, London WC1N 1AB.
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday from 10:00 to 18:30, Sunday from 14:00 to 18:00.
Official website: http://www.gaystheword.co.uk
5. Persephone Books
Unlike many other bookstores in the city, Persephone Books re-publishes long-forgotten novels and pays special attention to stories written by women during the interwar periods. And in 2001, shop owners decided to give Miss Pettigrew a new life, and as a result, the book became a new hit and was adapted to the film that won Oscar.
Address: 59 Lamb's Conduit St, London WC1N 3NB.
Opening hours: Monday-Friday from 10:00 to 18:00, Saturday from 11:00 to 17:00, Sunday - closed.
Official website: http://www.persephonebooks.co.uk
Unfortunately, for Instagram-personalities, it is forbidden to use mobile phones in Libraria, as its owners are actively fighting digital technologies that literally paralyzed people. The furnishing of the bookshop looks like a dream - mirror ceilings, yellow shelves, booths for secluded reading, an old typewriter, relaxed and inspiring atmosphere. Be sure to visit this store, hug the soft pillow and spend time with the company of Plato or Voltaire.
Address: 65 Hanbury St, London E1 5JP.
Opening hours: Monday - closed, Tuesday-Wednesday from 11:00 to 18:00, Thursday to Saturday from 11:00 to 21:00, Sunday from 12:00 to 18:00.
Official website: https://libreria.io
7. Word on the Water
Arranged inside a 100-year-old Dutch barge docked on the beautiful shore of Regent's Canal, the bookstore will conquer by a wood-burning stove inside, jazz evenings and hundreds of books to choose from. By the way, you can go here with your pet.
Address: Regent's Canal Towpath, Kings Cross, London N1C 4LW.
Working hours: daily from 12:00 to 19:00.
Official website: https://www.facebook.com/wordonthewater
8. London Review Bookshop
Here you can find everything: from the great literary classics and ending with history, politics and new philosophy. Also in the London Review Bookshop there is a small cute café and often various book discussions and events are held.
Address: 14-16 Bury Pl, Bloomsbury, London WC1A 2JL.
Opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10:00 to 18:30.
Official website: https://www.londonreviewbookshop.co.uk
9. Lutyens & Rubenstein
The bookstore beckons with its attractiveness: elegant striped canopies and charming surroundings. If you love art and poetry, then you will find an incredible choice of books by writers from around the world. Here is the largest stock of capital literature.
Address: 21 Kensington Park Rd, London W11 2EU.
Opening hours: Monday-Friday from 10:00 to 18:30, Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00, Sunday from 11:00 to 17:00
Official website: https://www.lutyensrubinstein.co.uk
10. Hurlingham Books
A very beautiful bookstore in which you can find modern fiction, old photographs, antique books and a lot of literature about art.
Address: 91 Fulham High St, Fulham, London SW6 3JS.
Working hours: the store is not working regularly, specify the schedule of work in advance.
Official website: https://hurlinghambooks.com
11. Foster Books
Another store that is very popular for taking pictures for Instagram. Foster Books specializes in rare books that are hard to find, which could have already stopped be printed. This is an obligatory place for bookworms looking for something new and unusual for themselves.
Address: 183 Chiswick High Rd, Chiswick, London W4 2DR.
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday from 10:30 to 17:30, Sunday - closed.
Official website: http://www.fosterbooks.co.uk