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39-41 Notting Hill Gate, Kensington, London W11 3JQ, UK – 020 7229 9444
Average size store and well designed .I think it was a smart move to put children's section in the ground floor, of course it is a little bit difficult if you have a pushchair for child to move between Isles .very helpful staff. First floor is a good and quite place to have stone to read some pages of your new book.
Aren't book shops awful? Just awful. They're a little bit smug, they're a little bit run down, they smell a bit like libraries and are overrun by couples browsing travel books and Ordinance Survey maps for their cycling holiday in Provence* next August. Luckily, Waterstones, this particular Waterstones, isn't really a bookshop. It's a toy, board game and wrapping paper shop that has a few books sprinkled around upstairs (for the purists). I don't blame them - toys are fun, books are awful, and wrapping paper is useful (for wrapping up those toys), but sadly, for the rest of us, it means the store is often full of children. Small children. Sticky children. (Why are there so many children everywhere?) The good news is that there are so few books in store that there's no risk of them developing any big ideas. Notting Hill Waterstones is ok, but I'd stick to Amazon. No children, lots of books, and the guy brings them to your flat for you! You don't even need to wear pants!!** *(I hear Bourgogne is also quite nice this time of year) **(I think the store frowns on browsing without trousers...probably something to do with with all those kids around)
193 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6SH, UK – 020 7937 8432
The staff in the Children’s section are friendly, helpful and excellent for recommendations for all ages and convey a real enthusiasm for reading. I have three children and we always end up buying more books than we planned but some of the personal reviews from staff have been out of this world.
Very well laid out store with extremely helpful staff. I was asked if I needed assistance which is unfortunately too rate and was a nice surprise. The assistance was prompt and professional but they did not have the book I was looking for and I was not asked if I wanted them to order it for me or told what other stores have it in stock. I really wish they had done that. Nevertheless I was impressed with the store.
84 Marylebone High St, Marylebone, London W1U 4QW, UK – 020 7224 2295
I have a book addiction, so when I made a trip to London from the US I knew I had to stop by. As soon as I set foot in the store my resolution to “just look around” went right out the window. Daunt was super helpful in quoting shipment back to the states for me, and threw in a free tote bag on top. I had the most lovely package waiting for me when I returned home, each one wrapped in their signature green paper! The unique books are such a great souvenir.
Love this book store as it is so characteristic of a time past. You could quite easily spend a couple of hours here. Staff very helpful especially when I forgot my phone and then laptop ! Really appreciated the helpful and honest staff. 5 stars to them as well as this unique site.