The inside of Persephone Books begs you to stay awhile, and I believe that they wouldn't mind if you sat down and asked to join them for tea and a chat. I didn't do that though because I don't think flash book clubs are a thing yet, and because I was too busy looking at the neatly organized stacks of grey books.
Persephone is probably the most specialized and curated bookshop in London. And one you should visit. They republish the works of neglected women writers from the (mid) twentieth century.
I can never decide if I choose a book based on the neatly typed descriptions or by the individually designed fabric endpapers. The papers have a huge influence, I'm sure of it, because I shamelessly buy books based on their covers on the regular. This time I picked up, The Far Cry by Emma Smith for both the description and the endpaper, so it feels like a good balance. Lydia, I will be back for my bookmark! 😉