If you're planning a trip, whether abroad or closer to home, don't even think about setting off without visiting here.
Attracting the more 'literary' traveller types, this old style book shop (apparently the inspiration for the bookshop in the film Notting Hill) concentrates exclusively on all things travel. There's everything from guidebooks to more interesting travelogues, biographies and specialist literature sorted by country. There's even a rare antique selection, so if you fancy a Byronic tour of Greece then look no further, you may just be able to find his itinerary on their shelves. If you want to really research an area before visiting, or follow a more unique trail once you arrive then stock up here before you leave as the books you can find here are the type that offer hints and tips on hotspots which usually only the locals know about.
The Travel Bookshop is a proper bookshop, so there's no need to rush, just browse from country to country whilst you plan your own grand tour.
Have you seen the Notting Hill movie with Grant and Julia Roberts? Are you looking for the blue door in Notting Hill too?
I found the bookshop! This is no secret, any tourist who passes takes a photograph on the bench positioned to pose.
But the bookshop has more to offer inside. There I found the bestseller '100 places to see before you die' from Patricia Schultz. Giving it to my parents, I have discovered 2 other people had the same idea before me.
However, if this is missing on your book shelf, this book is a classic! My favourite quote I have found in there: 'Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the places and moments that take our breath away.' by anonymous (who ever has written this, please let me know!).
This must be the most frequently photographed shop in the area. It famously inspired the setting for the movie Notting Hill and has been attracting tourist from around the world ever since.
It is well worth having a look inside, the selection of travel guides, beautiful coffee table books and travel writing is impressive.
This is definitely where Richard Curtis got Hugh Grant's Notting Hill job description from. It's right off Portobello Road and looks totally fantastic from the outside. Plenty of tourists seem to think so anyway, there's always someone having their photo taken here. None of them bother to go in though. Maybe when you're already travelling the idea of more travelling puts you off.
Anyway, it's got loads of selection. It's grouped by country and as well as the usual Time Out guides they also have plenty of sociological studies, politically relevant books, bestsellers and classics. Just don't ask bring in a Chegall and ask someone to love you - buy a book about somewhere brilliant you want to see, that's what it's here for. Ebay the Chegall.
A brilliant little gem of a bookstore.full of beautiful books. For me this is like a dream factory, it's full of books that make you want to go off and have adventures in the wild!
I always come away feeling inspired to do great things, and with a bit of a warm glow!
Travel Bookshop is one of those independent, good, old fashioned specialty stores where the staff is completely dedicated on their shop and knows the selection inside and out.
Last time I visited the store as my sister is planning to visit Southern America and when looking for related books from the bigger chain bookstores I noticed that no luck, and luckily remembered this store. And bingo. Besides the travel books that are divided by countries, they have novels from authors that originally were from that specific country, and so in the end I found a very special gift for her.
I love this shop. It is small, a bit cramped, and packed full of travel books and maps. It is the sort of bookshop I adore.
Definitely one for the travel addict like myself. They stock a wide range of travel guides for each country unlike some of the major chain bookstores and it's quite easy to lose track of time while day dreaming of all those future trips yet to be planned. They also have an excellent collection of travel related photography and coffee table books. Staff are extremely helpful who know their stock well and will place an order for you if they are out of stock.
this is a lovely little bookshop to get lost in, dream about and plan all those adventures that you have so wanted to take. Much more personal and cosy than going into waterstones with a very extensive range of travel books. the staff are really nice and friendly, who don't mind taking time to have a chat with their customers and also have good knowledge of many places around the world if you need any help.
All Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts have already heard that name in the movie 'Notting Hill'. It's the same name as the shop that Hugh owned in the movie. This bookshop is the place for all travellers and people who like to experience new culture. This bookshop sells hundreds of travelguides, maps but also world cuisine or music books and fictions.
Just for your information, this isn't the same shop that was used in the film 'Notting Hill.' The actual travel bookshop used in the film was on the Portobello road, 20 seconds away, yet moved to this new location to expand in size. With so much branding value and media attention that bookshop received, it was a travel publisher's dream to sell their books here since there's no doubt that customer will come here to find a book on a particular country. The original cutey bookshop was smaller and couldn't stock up on all the newest travel books. This shop however, is larger and has more space to divide each shelf into different corners of the world. Everything from the shelves to the floors are wooden giving it a sunny and fresh feeling. The books range from travel autobiographies, travel photography, cultural fictional and anthropological ethnographies. My specialist country is Japan and I spent half an hour on a Sunday just looking at all the books about Japan. Very cosy. Very civilised place to be in.
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