The Booklover's Guide to London

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Maybe it’s because of London’s notoriously rainy weather, but there’s just something about the city that makes you want to curl up with a cup of English tea and a good book. Known for its great contributions to literature, England is a special place for book lovers. Take advantage of the local literary culture and enjoy the many cafes, libraries and everything in-between with help from The Intern Group’s handy guide. 

With a cup a Joe:

A book-loving intern abroad in London won’t have to look too hard to find a quaint, cozy coffee shop. The city boasts hundreds of charming cafés, though few can compare to the following unique London coffee spots:

A lounging feline adds a little something extra to the cozy cafe vibe, don’t you think? For interns missing their pets back home Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium is a coffee shop and home to a variety of snuggly cats. Interns can find the shop on London’s Bethnal Green Road. 

Once a Victorian public bathroom, The Attendant is now a posh underground coffee shop. They didn’t get rid of the urinals, but they have jazzed the place up enough to make it the hippest place for a coffee and a good read. The Attendant is located on Foley Street. Toilets have never been so trendy! 

Outdoor Reading:

On one of London’s treasured sunny days, basking with a good book is preferred to curling up with one. Book-loving interns abroad cannot miss these memorable outdoor reading spots:

Battersea Park is a beautiful, peaceful setting for an afternoon picnic with your favorite work of literature. Though the park is chock-full of wonderful reading areas, the Rosery in the park is especially memorable and unequivocally the best place to get lost in a good book. 

At St. Dunstan-in-the-East, near the Tower Hill station, you can read early modern era literature among the ruins of a Church of England parish. This beautiful spot, equipped with benches and a courtyard for reading, has a lot to offer an imaginative mind.

Harry Potter Nation:

Muggles from all over the world can enjoy seeing their favorite fictional sites come alive at the following spots: 

At 9 ¾ King’s Cross Underground and Railway Station wizarding supplies are for sale at the Harry Potter Shop. You can even take a picture pushing your cart through the magical platform wall.

In Durham, England Potter fans can explore a real filming location of the Harry Potter movies at the local cathedral and university. Students actually live inside the Durham University castle and each year a Harry Potter ball is held at the university castle’s underground chambers. 

To see where Harry and his mates drank Butterbeers, 7 Stoney Street in London’s Borough Market was used to film the exterior of the famous Leaky Cauldron Pub. Cheers to that!  

Finding your next favorite read:

Book buying is so much more exciting while done in person. Opt out of Amazon and check out these lovely London bookstores:

In Blackheath Village the bright mint-colored Bookshop on the Heath is hard to miss. The used bookstore boasts a variety of literature and genres and is fun for a special type of literary nerd. The store has been open since 1949 and is known for rare books, collector’s items, posters, crime and detective books, posters and maps. 

Near Holborn station, you can visit the inviting London Review Bookshop which is perfect for intellectuals to scour the local selection and find new books. The shop also has a café and places to stick around and read. It’s a booklover’s one-stop shop!  

Something borrowed:

Libraries are wonderful places to be if you’re a booklover on a budget. These London libraries can’t be missed: 

The London Library in Westminster has played an important role in providing the city with literature since 1841. A top UK literary institution, the London Library is also one of the biggest independent lending libraries in the world. 

Near King’s Cross station, The British Library has many nooks for getting lost in a new book. The library also has an impressive courtyard and a coffee shop with a view. 

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