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Daunt Books Marylebone: The Most Beautiful Edwardian Bookshop in London

Updated: Dec 27, 2023

Founded in 1990 by British businessman Achilles James Daunt, Daunt Books is a chain of gorgeous London bookshops, traditionally specialised in travel books and guides.

Its initial branch (Marylebone High Street) is known to be the first custom-built bookshop in the world as well as one of the most beautiful bookshops in London.


The elegant, charming, and mesmerizing layout fascinates book lovers around the world.
The elegant, charming, and mesmerizing layout fascinates book lovers around the world.

In 2010 Daunt Books Publishing was launched and it currently focuses on first-hand materials (particularly travel-related titles). The original bookshop hosted in the charming Edwardian building opened in 1912 as an antiquarian bookshop named Francis Edwards. It featured outstanding William Morris prints, graceful skylights, spectacular stained glass windows, and long, magnificently smooth oak galleries.


Travelers can enhance their wanderlust collection with vintage, historical, and antique maps
Travelers can enhance their wanderlust collection with vintage, historical, and antique maps

The Marylebone branch located at 83 Marylebone High Street, London is known for its spectacular Edwardian building. Its extensive collection of travel books is arranged by country, which is a unique feature of Daunt Books. In addition to travel literature, the store also stocks a wide range of fiction and non-fiction titles, as well as children's books, stationery, and gifts.


Warm, discreet artificial lighting boosts natural daylight to create a sensation of coziness.
Warm, discreet artificial lighting joyfully meets natural daylight to create an inviting sensation of sheer coziness.

Other branches soon joined the flagship Daunt Books Marylebone High Street branch in equally stunning London high streets such as Hampstead, Holland Park, Belsize Park, and Cheapside. Each holds an impressive selection of travel writing phrasebooks, history, literature, and fiction, innovatively arranged geographically. Daunt Books also hosts the annual Daunt Books Festival that takes place every spring, as well as a suite of events, talks, and discussions with popular authors.



If I had to recommend a certain time of the year when to visit the Marylebone branch, it would be in December, when the Christmas shopping frenzy begins. Starting with late November, there's a lovely festive buzz in the air, and you can also admire the most wonderful Christmas Tree (take a look).


Daunt Books, the Holland Park branch
Daunt Books Holland Park

📍 84 Marylebone High St, Marylebone, W1U 4QW London

🚇 The closest London Underground Station to Daunt Books Marylebone is Baker Street Station, on the Circle, Bakerloo, Jubilee, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan tube lines.

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