Three Unique Bookstores in London

Daunt Books in Marylebone. It's only fitting that I fell in love with this bookstore because it originally specialized in travel books. This location is the original one and it is a beauty. I love exploring the different ways bookstores approach displaying their titles. Here is Daunt's approach: "The intention then, as now, was to arrange books principally by country, whatever the nature of the book – fiction or non-fiction, biography, history, guide or novel – and in so doing creating wonderful browsing both for the traveller and the general reader."

 
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Persephone Books. Persephone Books is truly unique. It's half bookstore, half publishing house. They "reprint neglected fiction and non-fiction by twentieth century (mostly) women writers." When you walk in, you will find a bunch of books with grey covers, but on the inside of each books you will find a unique printed endpaper with a matching bookmark. The booksellers are extremely knowledgable. It's not very common that you can walk-in, share that you enjoy Russian literature and the bookseller doesn't miss a beat in recommending not one, not two, but three books. I bought all three. I just finished the first recommendation, Into the Whirlwind by Eugenia Ginzburg and it was phenomenal. 

 
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The Reading Room at the Wellcome Collection. This is where I would go with a rainy day and nowhere to be. It is "designed to encourage you to indulge your curiosity and explore more than ever before." There are 10 different sections to the room: Alchemy, Food, Travel, Body, Breath, Face, Pain, Mind, Lives and Faith, each with their own collections of objects, fiction, non-fiction and interactive activities.

 
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London, Travel, BooksAmie Pollack