Spring is well underway and we’re SO excited for summer! If you’re looking to stock up on some summertime reads, from factual to fiction, then we’ve got you covered. Read on for our top five bookshops in London that are Instagrammable, too!
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69 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3AY
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 9am-8pm | Sat: 11am-7pm | Sun: 10am-6pm
Nearest Tube: Shoreditch High Street
For any art lovers out there, or those looking to get a little creative with their reading, get on down to ARTWORDS. Based in the heart of East London, the gritty urban space of Shoreditch (to be precise), this bookshop is filled to the brim with the latest contemporary art books which compliment the minimalist décor perfectly. From architecture to graphic design, ARTWORDS won’t let you down or leave your basket and/or camera roll empty.
166 Brick Lane, London, E1 6RU
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 11am-6:30pm
Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street or Shoreditch High Street
From the words of the bookshop itself, “Take a walk on the east side”; to Brick Lane Bookshop! With a delightful, and well-presented, shop front and the beauty of bookshelves inside, what isn’t there to love about the BLB? Originally known as Eastside books, BLB first appeared in Watney Market, under the name of Tower Hamlets Art Projects, and has made a success of itself thirty years down the line. With personal service and fast ordering abilities, BLB are proud to sell East Londoners the books they crave, and provide the perfect setting for the ‘gram.
6 Broadway Market, London, E8 4QJ
Opening Hours:Mon-Sat: 10am-6pm | Sun: 11am-5pm
Nearest Tube:Cambridge Heath or London Fields Station
Delve into the depths of Hackney to explore the quirky corner of The Broadway Bookshop. From the brilliance of books to vibrant artwork on the walls and special events, it’s safe to say The Broadway Bookshop caters to one and all, with an impressive collection of literary fiction. Their next exciting event is ‘ISLAND SONG: a reading with author Madeleine Bunting’ on 1stMay. Check out The Broadway Bookshop’s website for more information!
74 Tranquil Vale, London, SE3 0BW
Opening Hours: Mon-Tue: 11am-5:30pm | Wed: closed | Thur-Fri: 11am-5:30pm | Sun: 11am-5pm
Nearest Tube: Blackheath Station
If you’re looking for a bookshop away from the bustling business of central London, then we suggest checking out The Bookshop on the Heath! Situated on the corner of Blackheath’s parade of independent shops and eateries since 1949, it’s a delightful bookshop with a colorful shopfront which can’t be missed (even when you’re sat on the heath itself!). This shop is worth Instagramming from afar, and inside itself; it is filled with an array of genres, and even an Antiquarian Collection. Be sure to tag @bookshopontheheath on Instagram in any #bookstagram posts!
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York Way, Granary Square, London, N1C 4LW
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 12pm-7pm
Nearest Tube: King’s Cross
For the ultimate ‘grammable experience, we seriously recommend visiting Word on the Water in King’s Cross! This beautiful stall is London’s finest ‘bookbarge’, featuring a beautifully designed canal boat filled with a variety of fun reads. From the beauty of books, to talks on feminism, art, technology and more; Word on the Water welcomes more than just reading – and occasionally host musicians and performers for open mic sessions! For the ultimate Instagram post, The London Bookbarge is a must-snap.
Whether you’re looking to explore the wonders of London, or you’re after a new book (or two), we hope you’ve enjoyed our top five Instagrammable bookshops London has to offer! Will we be seeing you browsing the delightful books on London’s finest canal boat, or taking a photo of your next read at Blackheath? Let us know in the comments below! If you like our posts, you’ll love our Instagram.