The Best Book Shops
Everyone loves to get lost in a good book and with so many works of literature being taken up by various reading devices it’s important we don’t forget what a traditional paperback feels like. London is home to a whole treasure-trove of specialist and independent book stores all offering a unique and comfortingly traditional way to pick up your latest page-turner. Here’s a run down of some of the best book shop’s London has to offer.
Children's Bookshop
29 Fortis Green Road, Muswell Hill, London, N10 3HP
This family run business has been serving young, inquiring minds for the past 45 years and is as popular today as it was back in the seventies. The shelves heave with more than 25, 000 titles for young readers, ranging from the most basic of baby books to exciting novels to entice reluctant teens. As well as the extensive selection, The Children’s Bookshop hosts regular Author signings and a weekly story time.
User rating
****-
4 reviews
Mega City Comics
18 Inverness Street, Camden, London, NW1 7HJ
Comic buffs and enthusiasts will revel in this 1000 square feet shop which is home to more than 50, 000 titles. Started in 1987 by university student Martin Kravez it carries all the well known and hero-based comic titles as well as stocking lesser known works and comics from local creators. The exceptionally helpful and knowledgeable staff are on hand to help everyone from the serious collector to the passer-by simply wanting to find a good read. Signings and events are a regular feature at Mega City Comics and past events have included a visit from Guerilla’s artist Jamie Hewlett.
User rating
****-
3 reviews
Review
131 Bellenden Road, Peckham, London, SE15 4QY
So much more than just a bookshop, Review offers customers an oasis far removed from busy city life. From the pretty outside courtyard (complete with chess, backgammon and stunning works of art) to the store’s sumptuous dark walnut and red laminate interior, Review makes an environment that makes you want to sit down, kick back and while a way a few hours in a good book. Owner Roz Simpson carefully selects every title lining the shelves and the emphasis is on strong, contemporary fiction. Signings and events are frequent and the whole feel is enchanted and bohemian.
User rating
*****
2 reviews
Slightly Foxed
123 Gloucester Road, London, SW7 4TE
The nephew of Graham Greene (he of Brighton Rock fame) originally opened this eclectic second-hand bookshop many moons ago. Today, the owners have kept up its literary roots and stock a diverse range of hundreds of titles including fiction, non-fiction, travel and children’s books. Slightly Foxed also produces a Book Review (The Real Reader's Quarterly) which gives customers the chance to read up on authors and titles before they visit to purchase. The shop also stocks a range of new books alongside its second-hand titles as well as a delightful section of unusual books and pamphlets from years past.
User rating
*****
3 reviews
Bookmarks Booksellers
1 Bloomsbury Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 3QE
If it’s titles of a different and more alternative nature you’re looking for, then Bookmarks could well stock the answer. More than 135, 000 titles on women’s liberation, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, trade unionism and Marxist history fill the well stocked shelves. There are also sections for leftwing magazines and newspapers and an interesting offering of progressive children’s books. Signings and readings take place most weeks and the shop itself has a buzzing atmosphere which you can’t help but get swept along with.
User rating
****-
4 reviews
Foyles Bookstore
107 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DT
Started by William and Gilbert Foyle in 1903 after they failed their civil service exams, Foyles bookshop has remained with the family ever since and is one of London’s best regarded and biggest independent booksellers. This, the flagship store, is a huge expanse of book-stuffed-shelves, home to more than 200, 000 titles covering every interest and style. Other outlets can be found across at St Pancras, Royal Festival Hall, One New Change and Westfield.
User rating
****-
5 reviews
Goldsboro Books
23-25 Cecil Court, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4EZ
A serious bookshop, Goldsboro Books specialises in signed first editions, some of which are rare and much coveted. Book collectors David Headley and Daniel Gedeon opened the store together in 1999 and hold a stock of more than 5000 titles including a second-hand department and the renowned rare edition section. The store itself is calm and enticing; the beauty and mystery of some of the ancient books lining the shelves can’t help but add to its glorious, historic ambience.
User rating
****-
2 reviews
Persephone Books
59 Lamb's Conduit Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 3NB
As romantic as a bookshop can be, stepping into the Grade II listed building that is home to Persephone books, is like stepping back in time to a more refined, polite society. The shop stocks a range of 20th century classics (mostly by women) as well as a selection of non-fiction titles, which reflect life during that time (memoirs, cookery books etc) The shop’s owner Nicola Beauman also offers 50 books she herself wrote but never had published. A beautiful place, stocking fascinating reads.
User rating
****-
3 reviews
Cinema Store
Orion House, Unit 4b, Upper St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9NY
A specialist bookshop focusing on various aspects of the film and cinema industry. There are a lot of titles around horror and sci-fi and big name favourites like Star Wars, Doctor Who and Harry Potter all feature heavily. The basement is home to a large range of DVDs and soundtracks, while upstairs there’s a solid selection of posters and film memorabilia.
User rating
*****
4 reviews

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