If you have just visited Keats House or walked past Sigmund Freud’s old digs and feel a sudden urge to catch up, luckily for you Hampstead is awash with booksellers. Join the book-savvy locals in visiting these independent bookshops which have all thrived for different reasons in the leafy neighbourhood. Once you have scouted out the perfect café or reading spot on the Heath, find yourself a title to enjoy in one of the most vibrant literary areas of the city.
If you know anybody who likes tote bags, then they are also, almost definitely, someone who has heard of Daunt Books. There are two of these shops in Hampstead – one by the heath and the other in Belsize Park – and they carry the same atmosphere the original shop in Marylebone has made the bookseller famous for. Curation is what you notice above all else when you enter a Daunt Books bookshop, so rest assured that whatever you find will not be a let down.