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Daunt Books, London

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Daunt Books is a chain of bookshops in London, founded by James Daunt. It traditionally specialised in travel books. In 2010 it began publishing.
The Marylebone High Street branch is housed in a former Edwardian bookshop with long oak galleries, graceful skylights and William Morris prints. The older section of the Marylebone shop was completed in 1912, and was originally an antiquarian bookshop called Francis Edwards. It is alleged to be the first custom-built bookshop in the world. A large, walk-in safe is visible near the entrance to the travel gallery, and is where expensive volumes were once stored. The shop was bought by former banker James Daunt and renamed Daunt Books in 1990. It now focuses on first-hand titles (especially travel-related material).
The company has branches in Chelsea, Holland Park, Cheapside, Hampstead and Belsize Park. The Owl Bookshop in Kentish Town was bought by Daunt Books, but retained its original name. Daunt Books opened its first branch outside London in Saffron Walden, Essex, under the name Hart’s Books. It opened its second branch outside London in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, under the name The Marlow Bookshop.
Specialising in travel, Daunt Books arranges its sections geographically, with guides, phrase books, travel writing, history and fiction grouped by their relevant country. Reviews have mentioned its customer service and knowledgeable staff.
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  • I stopped by while i was walking around Marylebone. It's just that you're ranked in the world's most beautiful bookstores, so the store is stylish and wonderful. The original tote bag seemed to be popular, and there were a lot of places on the counter. This street is lined with cute shops and cafes, so you may want to stop by for a walk.
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  • Bookstores are always less common... Here you can admire a very beautiful one Their canvas shopping bag is a great souvenir as some british celebs wear it.  more »
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  • Dedicating my first review to Daunt Books. This is such a charming bookstore no book-lover in London should miss it. Warm & lovely space, great collection of books and super friendly staff!
  • This is a marvelous bookshop in a gorgeous space! This bookshop carries travel books though not foreign language, and they do have a small selection of fiction. The staff is incredibly helpful and it's just a beautiful place to be in.
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