10 Gorgeous Independent Magazines For Every Londoner’s Coffee Table

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Don’t get agg, read a mag.

Sure, at Secret London we’ve as digital as pixels, but we’ve always got time to chill out with a beautiful magazine – and, not gonna lie,  leave it conspicuously on our coffee table. These beautiful publications, all created right here in London, are a testament to our city’s creative pulse, covering everything from fashion to football and crime to clubbing. Subscribe, enjoy and low-key impress with these inventive, provocative little titles.

1) For the modern witch, Sabat

Sabat Magazine

The classy SABAT magazine celebrates witchcraft, feminism, and magical women everywhere; hex tips to drive your man wild / literally insane. Four issues so far; buy one here.

2) For aesthetes, Printed Pages

Printed Pages Magazine

Created by trendspotting east London group Its Nice That, this irregular printed product brings together ‘the best from the creative world’ with interviews, illustrations, photography and more. Pick it up from here.

3) For true crime obsessives, Foul Play

Foul Play Magazine

Foul Play Magazine is absolute murder – or kidnapping, or arson, or bank heist, or swindle. Telling the curious and human stories behind all things extralegal, their second issue, out in May, will focus on crimes in the natural world: ‘botanical theft, fowl play and how one unlikely man staged the greatest natural history heist of all time.’ Order a copy here.

4) Only for the hardcore UK raver, Move Magazine

Move Magazine Clubbing

If you belong on the dancefloor, The Move belongs on your coffee table.  The quarterly magazine ‘tells the story of contemporary music and club culture, from the records to the parties and the clothes.’ Sounds like a real rager; get it here.

5) For the arty football fan, OOF

OOF Magazine

‘Football and art have been intertwined for centuries,’ OOF explains, and to prove the point they’ve curated a whole lot of footie-inspired art into a gorgeous single artefact. The first issue has sold right out, pre-order the second here.

6) For the fashionable, Buffalo Zine


The fashion mag that dares not to be deadly serious; Buffalo totally redesigns itself each issue, but always returns the most maximal, tongue-in-cheek style possible. Pre-order their next issue here.

7) For the puppy lover, DOG

DOG Magazine UK

Who’s a good magazine? Who is? YOU ARE. The biannual lifestyle magazine DOG explores the presence and influence of dogs and their owners in society, and what good boys they all are. Grab a copy here.

8) For the terminally lazy, The Idler

Idler Magazine

When so much of modern life is allegedly unmissable, need-to-know and must-see, the Idler cries: ‘don’t bother! tune out! give up!’

Sticking up for all the slackers out there, Idler features interviews with the dangerously relaxed, tips for living literally effortlessly, and pitiless pisstakes of our modern capitalist shitshow. Borrow some money from someone else and subscribe here.

9) For the why-curious, Weapons of Reason

Weapons of Reason magazine

WoR! Huh! What is it good for? Deconstructing complex international issues for a general audience! Previous issues have focused on the Arctic; megacities and power; there are ‘four more to go’, worryingly, as if these guys know something about the fate of the world that we don’t. Find out more.

10) For the crafty so-and-so, Hole & Corner

Hole and Corner Magazine

Hole & Corner covers ‘the creativity and the skills of some of the best makers in the world.’  So if you like to marvel at very nice things, very carefully made, check them out here.

For more sexy things on paper, visit MagCulture (and their beautiful shop on St. John Street, Clerkenwell!) or Stack Magazines.


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