Sadly, the UK has just one national chain of bookshops left. Thankfully, there are numerous independent bookshops around the country that are managing to hang on and keep their doors open; London has some real gems. Here are three of my favourite:
John Sandoe Books can be found just off the King’s Road in Chelsea (nearest Tube: Sloane Square) and its doors have been open since 1957. The shop is a visual delight and home to around 30,000 titles. There are books stored in every conceivable space.
Heywood Hill is on Curzon Street, Mayfair (nearest Tube: Green Park or Hyde Park Corner ) and has been selling old and new books since August 1936. Their mix of beautiful old books, the best new titles, special literary adventures and other bespoke services is perhaps unique. In 2011 Her Majesty The Queen awarded the shop the Royal Warrant. I love that they occupy part of the building where Nancy Mitford once worked.