By Grace Ricks
Off of Kensington Park Road lies a store where books fly across the window and classics new and old cover the walls. Open windows cast sunlight onto the shelves on the top floor, creating an angelic glow about the shop.
On the top floor you’ll find new titles in stock, as well as children’s books and selected prints lining the walls and the stairwell by illustrators Serge Seidlitz and Hugo Guinness that you can purchase in shop. A few steps down below and you’ll find coffee, a cozy seat and titles such as Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway. We were also pleased, but not surprised to find several titles in stock by Persephone Book’s Dorothy Whipple.
For those unsure of what books to purchase, L&R gives their customers the option (at a price) to sit down one-on-one for a cup of tea and a conversation with one of their resident experts on literature. At the end, they will give you a tailored list of selections that they believe you’ll enjoy best!
Likewise, if you know someone who loves reading as much as you do, but don’t know their taste, you can gift them ‘A Year in Books.’ Pay a flat rate and receive a new book for each month of the year. They have similar subscriptions for children’s books and their Boarder’s Book Club programme.
There’s also the option to take a step outside of reading and expand your interests to activities like calligraphy classes and meet-the-author events.
At this point you’re probably wondering, why do we believe L&R holds London’s best literature? Well, all the books in the store have been put on the shelves because someone loves it and has recommended it, and who knows what books you’ll enjoy better than the diverse people that surround you.
Location: 21 Kensington Park Road, London, W11 2EU
Nearest Tube: Ladbroke Grove, Latimer Road and Notting Hill Gate