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A specialist in visual arts books, this shop is full of beautiful reads. Plus, if you’re a magazine fiend, you’ll love the range of arty titles.
20–22 Broadway Market, London E8 (artwords.co.uk)
Richard Booth’s Bookshop
Browse the titles at this Hay-on-Wye shop, enjoy cake in its cafe, and then sip a glass of wine while watching a film in the cinema.
44 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye HR3 (boothbooks.co.uk)
John Sandoe Books
Set over three floors of an 18th-century building in Chelsea, John Sandoe Books is an independent bookshop that has been in business since 1957. Every surface (yes, even the staircase) is covered in books; in total, there are approximately 25,000 volumes in store, so give yourself plenty of time to browse.
10 Blacklands Terrace, London SW3 (johnsandoe.com)
A Chelsea gem, Potterton Books is a goldmine for tomes on interiors, fashion and decorative art. It’s impossible to escape empty-handed, even if all you buy are a few old exhibition catalogues.
93 Lower Sloane Street, London SW1 (pottertonbookslondon.com)
This Swiss online store sells specialist titles on subjects ranging from fashion and design to crafts and travel. There’s also a lovely stationery range.
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