Word on the Street: 4 Great Bookstores

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Foyles

The new Foyles flagship location on London’s Charing Cross Road is an impeccably designed literary heaven. The 112-year-old bookstore, which once held the record as the world’s biggest, still claims the largest range of books in the U.K. It’s a welcome place to get lost. 107 Charing Cross Rd., London; Foyles.co.uk

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Mr. B.’s Emporium of Reading Delights

A claw-foot tub book display, Tintin comic wallpaper, and toilets covered in reviews make Mr. B’s Emporium in Bath a standout go-to for bibliophiles. Head to the shop for an author discussion, or opt for some quiet time in a rentable reading booth. 14-15 John St., Bath; MrBsEmporium.com

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Papersmiths

The airy light-wood aesthetic will remind you of a Scandinavian shop. You’ll find beautiful desk accessories at this Bristol gem—everything from brass pencil sharpeners to dyed-fabric notebooks—as well as an impressive array of local and international zines. 6A Boyces Ave., Bristol; Papersmiths.co.uk

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Richard Booth’s Bookshop

Tucked in the center of Hay-on-Wye (page 60), Richard Booth’s Bookshop offers a comprehensive selection of reads. Peruse new and vintage collections (we found a first-edition James Baldwin!) before grabbing toast with jam at the café followed by a movie in the cinema down the hall. 44 Lion St., Hay-on-Wye; BoothBooks.co.uk 

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