culture · thoughts

Daunt Books, Marylebone

Daunt Books
⌲ 84 Marylebone High St, Marylebone, London W1U 4QW

Daunt Books, Marylebone. Every book lovers dream? I think so. From the interior decor, to the plethora of literature on offer, Daunt Books has every aspect of a perfect bookstore you could ever dream of. Nestled amongst chic boutique stores and eateries on Marylebone High Street, Daunt Books is an independent booksellers selling a variety of books, but with a main focus on travel writing. If Marylebone isn’t the location for you, they also have stores in Holland Park, Hampstead, Cheapside, Chelsea and Belsize Park, but the Marylebone store really is the diamond in the crown jewels.

On entry into the Marylebone store, Daunt Books seems like a standard bookstore: shelves galore and a counter at the front. But walking through the small corridor into the larger of rooms, a literary Narnia exists. Adorned with books wall-to-wall and ceiling high, Daunt’s main features are for sure the ethereal stained glass windows and the overarching balconies that you can walk along, overlooking the oak wood floors and reupholstered armchairs below. Tables scattered around the floor are filled with the current, most popular literature from all around the world, and beside these are brown leather armchairs in which you can sit and peruse the best that Daunt has to offer. The balconies offer not only a view over the store but also more space for books – every book you could imagine is in the store. Coming down from the balconies leads you to a staircase; this one leading to the lower floor. The lower floor is a treasure trove of novels relating to international travel and exploration, sectioned into continents, you can travel around the world by visiting this one room in the store. Tables adorned with vases of flowers, and even more armchairs for reading, this floor is just as charming as the other.

For any book lovers in or around Marylebone, or London in general, Daunt Books is a must-visit. Whether you’re on the hunt for some new reading material or would just like to visit one of the most calming and charming bookstores in London, Daunt Books is the place to go.

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thoughts · travel

Travelling, Wanderlust & Bucket Lists

wanderlust
ˈwɒndəlʌst/
noun
1.  a strong desire to travel.
“a man consumed by wanderlust”

Being a 21 year old with the prospect of graduation fast approaching, my ‘goals’ and ‘aims’ have been on my mind recently. What do I want to do? Where do I see myself in 5 years? I have considered so many options: masters degrees, translation school, another Erasmus placement. But the one thing that I cannot get out of my mind? Travel. Spending a year abroad has given me the bug, the addiction, I’m in possession of Wanderlust. I have spent the last nine months hopping on and off planes, trains, buses and exploring as many Spanish and Portuguese cities as I can. Collecting post cards from each place, breaking through language barriers and finding myself lost in the most quintessentially Spanish/Portuguese streets. While I haven’t travelled too far, I haven’t even left Europe, its still given me the desire to take the leap and travel as far as I can. My bucket list has expanded hugely. Now I’m considering interrailing, volunteer work and even just saving as much as I can and hopping on and off planes for as long as I can afford.

Don’t get me wrong, I still want to complete a Masters Degree, I still want to continue studying. But I want to squeeze in as much traveling as I possibly can. My bucket list has expanded greatly, and now I find myself dreaming of visiting every country possible, every continent possible and ticking off as many landmarks as possible. I recently read a quote which said ‘travel is the only thing you can buy which makes you richer.’ I really believe this is true because I’ve gained so much just from visiting different Spanish and Portuguese cities: knowledge, history, culture, language. There’s nothing more rewarding than being able to communicate in a tongue other than your own. I guess what I’m trying to convey in this post, is that I have fallen in love with traveling! With seeing the world, and while as a young adult, I’m expected to have a direct, specific plan for forseeable future, the only thing I know I definitely want to do is discover more of what lies beyond.

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