Calling all book lovers and savvy travelers, have you ever fancied yourself a book crawl? This week we want to share some wonderful places to visit around the world - first stop London!
Other than the busy streets littered with cream tea cafes and local pubs London also offers some beautiful historical monuments and buildings, including libraries.
The National Art Library at the V&A Museum
Adorned with carefully carved pilasters and a huge roof light, the reading room is the perfect place to explore and indulge in the history of art and creation of drawing, sculpture and painting. This library also boasts a courtyard area for small picnics or to read your discovered treasure in the sunshine.
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Just behind the Anglican church of St Dunstan-in-the-west is the Maughan Library. Though smaller than some libraries and only open to the public when there is an in-house exhibition, the structure of this treasury oozes with grandeur; the circular formation and domed window make for a terrific experience if you ever desired to bathe in literature.
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Though not strictly in London, the Bodleian Library is located in Oxford within the county of Oxfordshire. Home to the 'city of dreaming spires' coined by the poet Matthew Arnold the city pays homage to itself with quaint shops and England's oldest botanical garden - the perfect place for whimsical charms to be discovered. Nowadays, the Bodleian Library is most famous for being the set for the Hogwarts library in the Harry Potter films. But look to the ceiling and discover medallions carved in by the artists as credit to iconic figures of that day - take a private tour to avoid the mumbling crowds and discover the history to this gem.
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What libraries have you visited around the world? Comment below!