Although I set out to find it, I almost missed the tiny entrance to the Persephone Bookshop on Kensington Church Street. But I’m glad I didn’t because this place is a gem. Persephone Books is a publisher that reprints “forgotten classics by twentieth-century (mostly women) writers,” and their store showcases these elegantly designed, reasonably priced books right up front. Shelf tags summarize the various titles, so you can tell at a glance what each is about. (Here’s the complete list of titles: “Each one in our collection of eighty-one books is intelligent, thought-provoking and beautifully written,” according to the website.)
The bookstore also stocks what seems to be a highly curated, tiny selection of other new and notable books, of various genres.
I bought one of Persephone’s own titles (The Carlyles at Home by Thea Holme) and, upon checkout, received a bookmark specifically for this volume, with an image that matches the book's endpaper and includes a book summary: how charming!