A short walk from the Royal Academy and White Cube’s Mason’s Yard gallery in St James’s, Maison Assouline is luxury bibliophilia served up with epicurean cuisine and elegant cocktails. Spread out over three floors in a former banking hall designed by Edwin Lutyens in 1922, the store keeps a library-sized selection of perfectly bound Assouline books on art, fashion, photography, travel and lifestyle. Also on sale are one-of-a-kind objets sourced by Prosper Assouline from markets and auction houses all over the world. Slake your intellectual thirst in between purchases and browses with a flute of champagne at the in-store Swans Bar. §

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