Reading an article, this morning, on books with vanishing ink inspired me to write about a couple of my favourite London bookshops.
I go in and out of London a lot, usually through Kings Cross station. I was delighted to see that the opening of the new Kings Cross brought with it a new bookshop, Watermark. It is in a great spot, near to Nero’s, under the departures boards, and right next to the Harry Potter luggage trolley at platform 9 ¾. In fact, a Harry Potter store will be opening next door. The layout is bright and inviting. Popular fiction and magazines are close to the door, whilst the back of the store, well the side really, has art and travel books plus a wider range of fiction. It’s a great place to pick up something a little different and a quiet spot away from the normal station hubbub. The staff are all extremely knowledgeable and are more than happy to recommend, or have a chat about something you’ve read recently. It is the first store in the UK from this Australian chain and I, for one, am grateful to see something new in the bookshop world.
An old favourite of mine is Daunt Books (83 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4QW). The original store on Marylebone High Street is an Edwardian building, with enticing window displays, beautiful oak galleries and atmospheric skylights.
I initially discovered Daunt Books when searching for travel books: it has a large, well-displayed travel section. What I particularly like, is that travel fiction is included in each geographic section. This shop is a regular part of my holiday planning and it is also a great place to pick up some general holiday reading: there is a large fiction section on the ground floor, including an excellent children’s section at the back.
And in case you are intrigued by my mention of books with vanishing ink, here’s the link to a video on the subject. The idea behind it is that if the ink I your book vanishes after 2 months, you’ll read it quickly and be back to buy more! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19706724