Even if you’ve never been to this Notting Hill favourite, it’s a fair bet The Travel Bookshop will seem familiar if you do venture inside. It was the inspiration for the bookshop in the 1999 film Notting Hill.

While you probably won’t bump into Hugh Grant or Julia Roberts there, you will find one of the best bookshops in London.

The shelves are arranged by country. So wherever you’re heading off to, this is the place not just for a guidebook or map, but also travel writing and literature (fiction and non-fiction) on a particular city, country, region or culture.

From the boulevards of Paris to the back roads of China to rural England – The Travel Bookshop will point you in the right direction. DANIEL LANDON

» Blenheim Cres, Notting Hill, W11 2EE Ladbroke Grove (020 7229 5260; thetravelbookshop.com)
Verdict: A must-see destination