What are your favourite London bookshops?

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London bookshops

My friend Katie now lives in Liverpool and I can’t wait to see her whenever she comes back to London. There’s just one problem – we have a tumultuous relationship when it comes to books. She loves heavy tomes and Victorian novels while I’m more of a short story / Twentieth Century kind of girl. Every so often one of us recommends a book and you never know which way the other will turn!

Recently we’ve bonded over a joint love of Khaled Hosseini. A Thousand Splendid Suns was the best book I read last year, and she bought me The Kite Runner for Christmas which I can’t wait to start. It was a special moment when we realised that perhaps our friendship could handle a joint love of literature after all :) And that’s why we’ll be going on a bookshop crawl together when she visits London next month!

I’ve never done a bookshop crawl before, but I suspect it will be a bit like a pub crawl, just without the hangover the next day and frequent stops for coffee and cake along the way. Now all we have to do is just decide which of London’s bookshops to visit.

Ages ago I compiled a list of my favourite London bookshops, but that was just an outpouring of love for London’s finest independents compiled from memory. This time things are getting serious.

We will only have a day to visit as many of London’s bookshops as possible. We won’t make it to all of them so I’m going to need your help – what are your favourite London bookshops? It doesn’t have to be an independent bookshop, all that matters is that you love visiting there. Maybe it’s the location, the interior or the staff that makes it awesome. Or, you know, the selection of that little thing called books on offer.

Any recommendations?

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9 thoughts on “What are your favourite London bookshops?

  1. Lisa

    Oh I loved And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini and have A Thousand Splendid Suns on my ‘to read’ list. Daunt Books in Marylebone is gorgeous. The best bit is that they have their travel books arranged by country and not only have guidebooks but fiction based in those countries or places. There’s a snap on my Instagram here if you’re interested http://instagram.com/p/xrdWOGmJW3/?modal=true

    1. Carla B Post author

      Haven’t read And The Mountains Echoed – if I’m honest, I haven’t heard of it! What’s it about? Daunt Books is a fantastic choice and I haven’t been in years. Didn’t realise they sorted fiction by location, what a brilliant idea. Lovely snap too!

  2. Bella Rose

    Skoob books in The Brunswick shopping centre is an amazing second hand bookshop which is a must, but I would also check out Persephone Books, which is close and has a lot of relatively unknown 20th century women authors. There may not be a lot at Persephone for lovers of the Victorian novel, but it’s a really beautiful store if nothing else! x

    1. Carla B Post author

      I haven’t visited either, thank you for the suggestions! I’ve heard of Persephone before, whereabouts is it? I think there’s one in Bermondsey with a similar name which confuses me!

  3. Cat

    Daunt books in Marylebone is one of my favourites! It’s not much to look at from the outside, but when you step in, it’s like going back into an Edwardian library! Especially love the second-hand travel section – gorgeous wooden stairwells and old skylight. Highly recommend :)
    (PS, great blog, just started reading/enjoying it!)

    1. Carla B Post author

      Thanks for the recommendation – it is definitely on the must visit list now! Didn’t realise they sold second-hand books, that’s always handy to know. Glad you’re enjoying the blog, it means a lot :)

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