A Tour of London Bookshops – Daunt Books, Hampstead (Hampstead Part #2)

London Bound: A Tour of London Bookshops – Daunt Books, HampsteadWelcome 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!


London Bound: A Tour of London Bookshops – Daunt Books, HampsteadAs 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.

London Bound: A Tour of London Bookshops – Daunt Books, HampsteadAnd the fiction section is equally as impressive.

London Bound: A Tour of London Bookshops – Daunt Books, HampsteadAs 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.

London Bound: A Tour of London Bookshops – Daunt Books, HampsteadClose up! I love that they use pretty fabric in all their stores. I wasn’t sure whether it was just in Marylebone.

London Bound: A Tour of London Bookshops – Daunt Books, HampsteadAll 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…

London Bound: A Tour of London Bookshops – Daunt Books, HampsteadI’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.

London Bound: A Tour of London Bookshops – Daunt Books, HampsteadMurals on the walls of the den!

London Bound: A Tour of London Bookshops – Daunt Books, HampsteadHere’s the children’s section outside of the den and we’ve not even gotten to the teen/young adult fiction section yet…

London Bound: A Tour of London Bookshops – Daunt Books, HampsteadBunting! 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.

London Bound: A Tour of London Bookshops – Daunt Books, HampsteadAnd 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.

London Bound: A Tour of London Bookshops – Daunt Books, HampsteadHere’s the view of the bookshop as you enter.

London Bound: A Tour of London Bookshops – Daunt Books, HampsteadAnd a view of the front of the shop.

London Bound: A Tour of London Bookshops – Daunt Books, HampsteadUnfortunately 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.

Tube  Hampstead Heath | 51 South End Road, London, NW3 2QB.
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19 thoughts on “A Tour of London Bookshops – Daunt Books, Hampstead (Hampstead Part #2)

  1. beautifully designed book shop. It’s fantastic when thought goes into it

  2. You’ll find that a fair old number of Waterstone’s branches now have the fabric shelves that Daunt’s has – perhaps due to the fact that Daunt now runs Waterstone’s as a chain 🙂 I must admit, aside from the den (a DEN!), that’s probabaly the touch I like best.

  3. Oh so beautiful! I’ll be heading to London in the fall for school, so can’t wait to visit these bookstores myself! And that picture of the face-out display? So cool but SO overwhelming!!! My brain would not be able to handle all those covers just staring at me like that! O.o

  4. I love reading these posts because I think it’s nice to see that there are such lovely independent book shops out there. This is such a pretty shop! 🙂

  5. Such a lovely store! Thank you for these lovely photos 🙂

  6. I could definitely lose a day in there! I’m 5″6 but I’m still going to go in the den when I visit 🙂

  7. Beautiful! I’d like to live there… or at least visit it. 🙂

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