Nothing beats walking into a bookshop and being enveloped in those beautiful smells of fresh, new book pages. You may have your kindles, smartphones and tablets to read all the latest bestsellers on but even if you hate reading, there’s no denying that bookshops are literally the best place. Ever. Here’s a small collection of some of the coolest and cutest bookshops in London…
This eclectic East London bookshop is all about warm, welcoming vibes and encouraging customers to switch off from their electronic devices (they’re actually banned!) and lose themselves in all the books they have to offer. With a sorting system focused on themes, you could walk in looking for a classic romantic novel and come out with a modern self help book. They even have a printing press downstairs, regular workshops and a whiskey bar for events too!
65 Hanbury St, London E1 5JP
2. Walden Books
This little book shop near Camden High Street is perfectly hidden away from the hustle and bustle. In springtime, expect this bookshop to be adorned in flowers (making it all the more harder to find, just a heads up!) and offering up a wide selection of used and rare books. With prices ranging from 50p to £50, you’re bound to find something to walk away with. And if you need any help, the friendly people inside are bound to know their stuff! (Geddit)?
38 Harmood St, London NW1 8DP
3. Books for Cooks
A bookshop and intimate eatery all in one, this place focuses on the wonderful world of food and regularly trials recipes in their test kitchen. Expect floor to ceiling spaces filled with all the cookbooks one could possibly need and a ridiculously cheap £7.50 3 course meal deal (created from the onsite cookbooks of course). Come for some food inspo and leave with a full belly, good vibes and lots of meal ideas.
4 Blenheim Cres, Notting Hill, London W11 1NN
4. Daunt Books
The original Marylebone branch of this bookstore is definitely one to snap a picture of. In an Edwardian premise with stained glass windows, we doubt you’ve ever been in a bookshop quite like this one before. The intention of the store is a simple one: arrange books depending on their country, no matter the genre, and excite both the wanderlust and keen traveller. Since opening in 1990 and due to their popularity, a further 5 branches around London have been opened. You can see them all here.
83 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 4QW
5. Word on the Water
There’s no denying that this is one of the quirkiest bookshops in London because it’s only floating on the flippin’ Regent’s Canal! This is London’s only floating bookshop and with regular acoustic singers playing on-board, it makes for the perfect weekend afternoon flicking through some of the best books any barge has to offer.
Regent’s Canal Towpath, Kings Cross, London N1C 4LW
6. Claire de Rouen
Situated right above a William Hill betting shop, it may not seem like the conventional place for a book gallery — but fashion lovers, students and artists all flock to this place religiously. Offering up a wide mix of everything fashion and photography related, you’re guaranteed to leave feeling very chic, inspired and firm in the fact that florals in spring really aren’t that revolutionary.
1st Floor, 125 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EW