A guide to the best bookshops in London

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For centuries, London has been a hotspot for readers and writers from all over the world. There are hundreds of shops and dealers in the city where you can find everything from classic novels to modern travel guides.

If you’re looking to add a new book to your collection during your trip to the Montcalm Marble Arch, this guide will help you find the city’s hidden treasures. Browse the shelves of these top London bookshops before enjoying Marble Arch afternoon tea and settling down to read your new book.

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Stanfords

Covent Garden, London

This is a top destination for residents and visitors from all over the world alike. The specialist travel book retailer is one of the biggest in the world and has been one of London’s most popular bookshops since it first opened in 1901. If you enjoy travelling or you’re planning a trip around the world, you’ll find a wealth of world knowledge on the shelves of Stanfords. As you browse the three floors, you’ll find everything from travel guides and maps to travel novels and writings by famous explorers.

Gay’s the Word

Marchmont Street, London

This quaint little bookshop in King’s Cross was established to promote literature that was written by, for and about the LGBT community. It has become a go-to spot for local readers, progressive thinkers and LGBT activists. The shop is community-run and welcomes all visitors. As you step inside, you’ll be welcomed with a smile and shown the incredible collection of fiction and non-fiction literature.

Daunt Bookshop

Marylebone, London

This Edwardian-style bookshop is one of London’s most beautiful and offers one of the most diverse collections in the city. Take a stroll down Marylebone High Street and step inside Daunt Bookshop to uncover a goldmine of literary treasure. As you browse the huge collection of books, you’ll notice that they are organised a little differently. Instead of alphabetical order, they are organised in order of the country they came from. Daunt Bookshop stocks a huge collection of classic titles and new releases across a range of genres and styles.

Gosh

Berwick Street, London

If you’re looking for something a little different, head over to this colourful comic book shop and check out the incredible collection of books, graphic novels and comics. If you’re a fan of the classics, you’ll find plenty of vintage superhero comic books but if you’re looking to expand your reading repertoire, check out the collection of traditional Japanese Manga. The guys and girls at Gosh are experts in their field so don’t be afraid to ask about the latest releases.

Goldsboro Books

Cecil Street, London

This is a must-see bookshop if you only have a limited amount of time in London. Goldsboro Books is one of the oldest literature retailers in the city and has gained a reputation as the place to be if you’re looking for rare writings or first-edition books. You’ll love getting lost amongst the shelves as you browse the incredible collection in search of a hidden gem.