Reading Your Way Around the World at Daunt Books in London
One of London's most beautiful shops of any kind, Daunt Books would be worth a visit just to soak up the streaming natural light emanating from the skylights and the illuminated Edwardian elegance. Beyond the beauty of the place, Daunt—with its unusual organization—is the ultimate bookstore for travelers and literary explorers. The books are arranged on long oak shelves, not by genre or author, but instead by country. You'll find travel guides, phrasebooks, maps, and memoirs, but also novels, poetry, history, field guides, cooking books, biographies, and much more organized according to geography. It's the kind of quiet place of contemplation where you could spend a whole afternoon plotting your next move. Burnt out parents: the top-notch selection of children's books will ensure that even your rambunctious offspring will adopt a hushed tone here.