United Kingdom and its glorious charm have inspired legendary writers for centuries. From Shakespear, Charles Dickens to Virginia Woolf and now JK Rowling, many of the world’s most famous authors have called UK and London their creative abode. And as a result, there are countless literary spots in the city that are sure to appeal to book lovers of all ages. Whether you’re interested in retracing the steps of your favourite literary characters, or learning more about the lives and works of the authors themselves, London has something for everyone. Plus, it can be an amazing learning journey for the whole family! So, book yourself a luxurious stay at the Montcalm London Marble Arch, the perfect place to start your London story.
The British Library
The British Library is one of the largest libraries in the world and houses a vast collection of books, manuscripts, maps, and other documents, including the Magna Carta, Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks, and original manuscripts by Jane Austen. Whether you’re interested in history, literature, or science, you’re sure to find something to fascinate you at the British Library. Trust us when we say this, you could easily spend hours here or even days (no exaggeration), exploring the collection.
Daunt Books is a chain of independent bookshops with several stores scattered all over London, each one screaming sophistication! They are known for their charming atmosphere and extensive selection of books. The original Marylebone location is particularly impressive, with its long oak galleries and grand staircase. Daunt Books started as a travel specialist bookshop, but they now sell a wide variety of books, including fiction, non-fiction, biography, history, and guide.
Whether you’re a bookworm or just someone who appreciates a beautiful bookstore, Daunt Books is a great place to visit in London, close to some of the best 5-star hotels in London’s West End. It’s a perfect spot to spend an afternoon browsing for books or to simply relax and enjoy the literary atmosphere.
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Cecil Court is a hidden gem in London that is a must-visit for any book lover. This narrow alleyway is lined with over 20 second-hand and antiquarian bookshops, making it a great place to find rare and out-of-print books, promising a dreamy literary experience for you and your loved ones.
Head to the Crescent restaurant and lounge after, for the best afternoon tea or Prosecco experience and reminisce about a day well spent.
A beautiful Georgian square in London, Cavendish Square is home to several luxurious townhouses. It is also the setting for the death of Dr Lanyon, Jekyll’s former best friend, in the classic novel “Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson.
If finding yourself in a famous literary scene setting has always been on your wish list, or you are simply willing to enjoy Georgian-history-inspired rich outdoors, then Cavendish Square is going to be the most perfect spot for you.
London’s Victoria Station is one of the busiest train stations in the world, but it is also a literary landmark. In Oscar Wilde’s play “The Importance of Being Earnest,” the character of Jack Worthing is found in a handbag at the station. While it is not advisable to recreate this scene, Victoria Station is still a fascinating place to visit for fans of the play. Plus, it is close to many other popular attractions in London, such as Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament that you can add to your family day out.
No matter how you choose to experience it, a literary experience in London is surely one of the most enriching ways to spend your time. Spend the afternoon browsing the shelves at Cecil Court, rejuvenate yourself with the best spa break in London at your central London hotel, see a play in the West End and make great memories together.