If you’re a true book lover like us, you could spend hours in a bookshop browsing, reading or shopping for gifts. You love the smell of new books and bookshops are a safe hiding place for you to discover your next reading adventure. To spare you the time of hunting for a new spot to browse for books in the capital, here’s a list of our favourite bookshops in London. Buckle up and enjoy the journey…
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The Daunt Books – For a reading journey around the world
83-, 84 Marylebone High St, London W1U 4QW
Monday to Saturday: 9am – 7.30pm / Sunday: 11am – 6pm
First up, if you want to read about travels, the world we live in and other cultures, The Daunt Bookshop is the place to be. With its Edwardian style, long oak galleries and soaring windows, you are transported to another world without leaving London. How about Tibet? Cameroon? Or, Venezuela? Easy. At Daunt the books are arranged by country, rather than alphabetically, so guides, maps, non-fiction, and fiction all sit alongside one another. Find a comfortable seat and enjoy!
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The Goldsboro Books – Book collectors, this way!
23-27 Cecil Ct, London WC2N 4EZ
Monday to Friday: 10am – 6pm / Saturday: 10am – 5pm
If you’re looking for a rare first edition, signed or not, this little bookshop tucked away in the side streets of London will make you the happiest bookworm ever. The current stock includes signed Harry Potter novels, a first edition of Go Set A Watchman, signed by Harper Lee, and signed copies of Gone Girl. Time to ditch the Kindle and cherish the rare pages of the original paperbacks you can find at Goldsboro.
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59 Lamb’s Conduit St, London WC1N 3NB
Monday to Friday: 10am – 6pm / Saturday: 12pm – 5pm
When we were talking about spending hours reading in a bookshop – this is absolutely the place to do just that! Persephone Books also resurrects forgotten novels, publishing stories written by women from the 20th century, with signature cute grey covers that are just waiting to be discovered. Take an empty tote bag with you because you’ll find it hard to leave here empty-handed.
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Tales on Moon lane – For the little ones
25 Half Moon Lane, Herne Hill, London SE24 9JW
Monday to Friday: 9am – 5.45pm / Saturday: 9am – 6pm / Sunday: 10.30am – 4.30pm
If you aren’t charmed by its fairytale inspired windows, don’t worry, your kids will be! This bookshop is run by an ex-teacher and has all kind of books for your young ones to dive into and explore the realms of their imaginations, from the educational to the entertaining. Tales on Moon Lane has a beautiful atmosphere for children and parents to enjoy, and you might just come across your favourite childhood book.
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Libreria – Looking for inspiration?
65 Hanbury St, London E1 5JP
Tuesday to Wednesday: 11am – 6pm / Thursday to Saturday: 11am – 9pm / Sunday: 12pm – 6pm
Time to get lost in this bookshop filled with all of the latest critically-acclaimed literature. The interior of the shop is designed like a modern version of the library of Babel: yellow, curving shelves, cleverly placed mirrors, and some very cute Anglepoise lamps – waiting to stimulate inspiration for the many readers who drop by. Any questions? Ask the friendly, knowledgeable staff at Libreria who will happily help you find your next reading adventure…
And, if you feel adventurous and the weather is on your side, head to the Word on the Water, London’s floating bookshop near Regent’s Canal. It’s also worth visiting the Southbank Centre Book Market, where you can browse for hours through hundreds of second-hand and antique books on any topic imaginable.
Where are your favourite bookshops in London? Let us know in the comments below!