Welcome to my tour of Hampstead, Part 2! Before visiting West End Lane Books* we headed to Daunt Books, West Hampstead. Now, I won’t be talking too much about Daunt Books itself as I already wrote a post on the Queen that is Daunt Books, Marylebone, so it’ll be photo-heavy instead.
*Which I have been told is situated in West Hampstead, not Hampstead. Whoops!
As soon as you walk in, you see Daunt Books’ trademark Edwardian bookshelves and way of shelving books by country. I was surprised because I assumed this wouldn’t be possible in a smaller store, but clearly I was wrong! It still works wonderfully.
And the fiction section is equally as impressive.
As is their displays. If you’re like me and you do judge a book by its cover, you’ll appreciate face-out displays, which I think actually make much more sense for bookshops to have. And it makes you (me?) really appreciate book cover design.
Close up! I love that they use pretty fabric in all their stores. I wasn’t sure whether it was just in Marylebone.
All right, now we’re onto the children’s section and I’ve devoted the most space to this because it’s FREAKING AWESOME. Look! A den! Who, as a child, did not want a little den to hide in? In we go…
I’m about 5′ 4″, but if I were a bit taller, I’d have trouble standing up here. I was so excited about the den that I forgot to actually take a photo of the books. The entire wall opposite these cute little chairs was filled with picture books. I bet really tall parents have trouble getting their children out of here.
Murals on the walls of the den!
Here’s the children’s section outside of the den and we’ve not even gotten to the teen/young adult fiction section yet…
Bunting! I want these in my room. I could spend all day here. Daunt Books is just a lovely place to be. I want to take non-readers here to make them see what they’re missing out on.
And here’s a bit of the Older Readers section. I was so excited about and impressed with the children’s section in Daunt Books. I think matches, if not tops, the sections in two of the largest bookshops in London: Foyles Charing Cross and Waterstones Piccadilly, and this is just a local bookshop.
Here’s the view of the bookshop as you enter.
And a view of the front of the shop.
Unfortunately neither my friend or I bought a book, so here’s a photo I’m quite pleased with instead: Sword at Sunset by Rosemary Sutcliff. I’m now really looking forward to visiting the other Daunt Books shops in Belsize Park, Cheapside, Chelsea and Holland Park. If you’re a Londoner, or will be visiting London soon, you need to make sure you get to take a trip to one of these shops.