The Hidden and Rare Bookshops of London
London is a haven for book lovers. The city is teeming with
bookshops, and it would take weeks to visit all of them. Avid
readers and book collectors are quite likely to find exactly what
they’re looking for in one of the city's bookshops.
Hill in Mayfair can claim Queen Elizabeth II
among its customers. The shop's Royal Warrant indicates that it has
provided goods for at least five years to the queen, the Duke of
Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales. The shop's executive chairman is
the son-in-law of a duke, and prominent members of London society
have been shopping at Heywood Hill since its doors opened more than
70 years ago.
This shop's selection of books includes books on architecture,
gardening, natural history and topography. Heywood Hill also offers
special services to its customers. Customers can request a
catalogue of several hundred titles on one subject. The shop will
then have a notable author write an introduction for the catalogue.
These catalogues are perfect gifts for bibliophiles who are always
looking for more books on their favourite subjects. Heywood Hill
also offers a special service for children. Customers can sign up
to have a book sent to a child every month. These books are wrapped
and the child's name is inscribed in the book. This shop will also
create libraries tailored to customers' special interests.
Heywood Hill's address is 10 Curzon St, just over a 20 minute
The Bloomsbury Hotel. You can also take a 9
minute tube ride to this bookshop.
Another London bookshop that will delight bibliophiles is the
London Review Bookshop in Bloomsbury. This shop offers scholarly
books and general interest books. The readings and lectures held
here give customers an opportunity to partake in intellectual
discussions with other readers.
The London Review Bookshop's address is 14
Bury Place, just a 4 minute walk from our hotel in
Book lovers who also enjoy art should visit Waterstones Piccadilly
and Foyles. Both bookshops have art galleries. Waterstones
Piccadilly is located at 203-206 Piccadilly in the West End. It
will take readers hours to wander through this shop's eight floors.
There are books here on art, history, philosophy and many other
subjects. The shop also has a large selection of fiction, a
restaurant and an events space.
Foyles is at 113-119 Charing Cross Road in Soho – just a five
minute walk from the Bloomsbury Hotel. Book lovers will have a
great time looking through this shop's five floors of books. The
first floor of the shop has a large selection of foreign language
books. Other floors have books on art, design, literary criticism
and many other subjects. The shop also stocks fiction, literature
and children's books.
Books at 83 Marylebone High Street in Marylebone will
appeal to book lovers who enjoy spending time in beautiful
surroundings. The shop has stained glass windows and oak galleries.
There are books here on art, business and travel. Readers will also
find fiction and children's books. This bookshop is just a 5 minute
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