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39-41 Notting Hill Gate, Kensington, London W11 3JQ, UK – 020 7229 9444
Average size store and well designed .I think it was a smart move to put children's section in the ground floor, of course it is a little bit difficult if you have a pushchair for child to move between Isles .very helpful staff. First floor is a good and quite place to have stone to read some pages of your new book.
Aren't book shops awful? Just awful. They're a little bit smug, they're a little bit run down, they smell a bit like libraries and are overrun by couples browsing travel books and Ordinance Survey maps for their cycling holiday in Provence* next August. Luckily, Waterstones, this particular Waterstones, isn't really a bookshop. It's a toy, board game and wrapping paper shop that has a few books sprinkled around upstairs (for the purists). I don't blame them - toys are fun, books are awful, and wrapping paper is useful (for wrapping up those toys), but sadly, for the rest of us, it means the store is often full of children. Small children. Sticky children. (Why are there so many children everywhere?) The good news is that there are so few books in store that there's no risk of them developing any big ideas. Notting Hill Waterstones is ok, but I'd stick to Amazon. No children, lots of books, and the guy brings them to your flat for you! You don't even need to wear pants!!** *(I hear Bourgogne is also quite nice this time of year) **(I think the store frowns on browsing without trousers...probably something to do with with all those kids around)
193 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6SH, UK – 020 7937 8432
The staff in the Children’s section are friendly, helpful and excellent for recommendations for all ages and convey a real enthusiasm for reading. I have three children and we always end up buying more books than we planned but some of the personal reviews from staff have been out of this world.
Very well laid out store with extremely helpful staff. I was asked if I needed assistance which is unfortunately too rate and was a nice surprise. The assistance was prompt and professional but they did not have the book I was looking for and I was not asked if I wanted them to order it for me or told what other stores have it in stock. I really wish they had done that. Nevertheless I was impressed with the store.
781 Fulham Rd, Fulham, London SW6 5HA, UK – 020 7736 4000
Small, independent bookstore. I discovered a few gems here I wouldn’t have found elsewhere because of its smaller size and focused layout. Good-sized children’s book section in the back, along with a selection of greeting cards. (January 2018)
Five stars throughout. The choice of books on display is thoughtful and inviting a reaction. I went for the book club night which took Amor Towles title 'A gentleman in Moscow' as a theme for the evening. The event was really well organised and well run, what I really enjoyed was that there was an intelligence, curiosity and warmth present. And everyone was free to say exactly what they thought. The exchange of ideas was fresh and the flow was non-restricted. No one was shy to say how they felt when they were reading the book and what they took out of it. It was an excellent and delightful evening. You may say that this was what the book clubs are for. And you would be absolutely right! Thank you, Cindy!