London has always been a fascinating place brimming with attractions for all types of travelers. From iconic landmarks to under the radar spots that make for fascinating discoveries, the city provides an excellent getaway for people of all ages and varied interests. And for bookish wanderings, visiting the multicultural city is a great chance to see some of its best literary spots. Here are some of London’s must-see for book lovers.
Charing Cross Road
This famous street located in the heart of London is dotted with many independent bookshops where you can find an extensive selection of books. From antique to hard-to-find copies, the bookstores of Charing Cross Road are a treasure trove of interesting finds.
The British Library
The British Library is not only the country’s national library. It also holds the most number of cataloged books in the world. It has a collection of more than a hundred million materials that include books, manuscripts, and so much more. Some of its top collections include the Gutenberg Bible and the items from the Sir John Ritblat Treasures of the British Library Gallery like the Magna Carta, Jane Austen’s notebook, and Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook among others.
The George Inn
The George is a galleried coaching inn built in 1676 and the only one of its kind that still stands in London today. Visiting the pub is not only a great way to enjoy a drink, the building’s architecture, and interiors. It is also like stepping back in a time when the likes of Shakespeare have graced its halls.
Platform 9 ¾
For Harry Potter things to do in London, head out to the Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station and browse the wide array of items you can find at the Harry Potter Shop. You may also want to have a photo of you posing in costume with the luggage trolley much like the young wizards did in the books and movies.