John Sandoe Books

Top choice books in Kensington & Hyde Park

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The perfect antidote to impersonal book superstores, this atmospheric three-storey bookshop in 18th-century premises is a treasure trove of literary gems and hidden surprises. It's been in business for over six decades, loyal customers swear by it, and knowledgable booksellers spill forth with well-read pointers and helpful advice.

Illustrated books that are hard to find elsewhere are a particular strong point, as are privately published works that larger bookshops would pass on. Should you have the money and the inclination, they can even help you create your own personal home library.