Bloomsbury is an area of London that is eternally linked to the world of literature, by the Bloomsbury Group, comprising such fantastic authors as Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, E. M. Forster and Lytton Strachey. The group, which studied and lived in the area have created a bond between the area and the world of books which really has stood the test of time.
When it comes to the link that Bloomsbury has to the world of all things literary, you'll want to visit one of the places that really helps bring this to life, and there's nowhere better to visit than the London Review Bookshop and Cake Shop.
Opened in 2003 by the London Book Review, the bookshop itself is well known as a truly inspiring place, with a stimulating presence that runs through the very heart of the store itself. Politics, current affairs and history are all to be found on the fantastic ground floor, while a further delve into the shop's fantastic downstairs section will take you on a literary journey through everything fictional, from audio books to poetry and philosophy.
The setting itself is truly wonderful as well. An inviting shop that is as peaceful and relaxing a venue as you could hope to find, and beautifully presented to boot, it just makes you want to spend an afternoon getting lost in the world of literature. With 20,000 books on the shelves, you are sure to find something to meet your own tastes. And even if you can't, the knowledgeable and pleasant staff are on hand and happy to help you find the perfect book.
As well as selling some fantastic books, the store also holds a number of different events, such as readings and meetings to really get into the heart of the literary world with discussions about your favourite titles.
As well as the bookshop, there is the fantastic adjoining Cake Shop, where you can take your newly acquired titles to relax and indulge in tea and cakes.
The company paints the Cake Shop as being the modern day equivalent to London's famous and long-gone literary coffee houses. It offers a small but perfectly formed vibrant menu filled with delightful cakes and a range of wonderful fragrant cakes that will tickle your taste buds as you enjoy you new books.
Favourite cakes on the menu will include the likes of gluten-free rose and pistachio cake, toffee macadamia-nut cheesecake, and rich chocolate and Guinness cake. And with a knowledgeable staff on hand to advise on the best teas to pair with certain cakes, you'll know that you are getting the very best experience of a bookshop in an area eternally linked to one of the most historical forms of art.
Find it at 14 Bury Place. http://www.londonreviewbookshop.co.uk/
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