Bloomsbury. Just the name conjures up images of mutton sleeves, drooping roses heavy with scent, literary salons and lush flower print fabrics. That Bloomsbury died with Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf but the Persephone Bookshop at 59 Lamb's Conduit Street seems not to have noticed. Packed to gills exclusively with Persephone Books titles, the shop is a haven for good, if often forgotten literature. Each dove gray book is lined with a vintage fabric pattern and comes with a matching bookmark.
I've already finished the three books I bought on my first visit so I'm dying to check out the other Persephone Bookshop in Notting Hill.