Daunt Books, Marylebone, London

Daunt Books is a chain of independent bookshops founded by James Daunt with the Marylebone branch being the first acquisition. It was bought by Daunt in 1990 – before that it was an Edwardian bookshop built in 1910 which claims to be the world’s first custom-built bookshop. It’s one of those places that turns up all the time on best bookshops in London lists and as I happened to be walking past it on my most recent trip to London I decided to pop in and have a look for myself.

I don’t find myself in Marylebone very often and on this trip I wanted to head to Regent’s Park (a future post) before I had to catch my train home, so I didn’t spend a lot of time here.

I only really walked around the main floor and admired the large window and the long oak galleries that you don’t see much of these days. I didn’t go downstairs but I did take a photo from one of the oak galleries to down below.

What’s interesting about the books are that a lot of them are arranged by country, no matter the genre – Daunt originally specialised in travel books and literature. (Naturally I purchased a book myself – The Louvre by James Gardener – which is slowly making its way up my to be read pile!)

It has a lovely atmosphere and I can definitely see why it makes so many “best of” lists, it really is a great place to visit if you love books.

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6 thoughts on “Daunt Books, Marylebone, London

  1. Perfect timing.I plan to see it too on my upcoming London trip🙂


  2. ThingsHelenLoves

    It’s a beautiful and charming place, I really must make the effort to visit next time I’m in London. I had no idea it was purpose built; like you I’ve spotted it on many a list,but assumed it had been built for something else and reborn as a book shop.


    • Louise Jayne

      It’s really beautiful, I wish I’d had a bit more time to explore. One of these days I plan to do my own tour of all the bookshops that make these list to see them for myself. And feed my book addiction!

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