Minimalist London: The Best Independent Bookshops
I love a good bookshop… and London does not disappoint when it comes to quirky and cool, independent bookshops. The list is endless, but I have stuck to the ones I find myself in, time and time again. Each has their own personality (and tote to match), but chat to the staff and a love for books shines through. Great recommendations are made and you leave, feeling part of a reading community.
The Best Independent Bookshops In London:
Lutyens and Rubinstein, Notting Hill Gate, is a tiny space that is gorgeous, bright and airy. Situated just off Portobello Road, it is a peaceful haven from the hustle and bustle. The books here are tightly curated by the staff and their selection strikes the right balance between contemporary, quirky and cool.
*They are the only bookshop, to have their own, in-house literary agency!
The Crowd Pleaser
Daunts, Marylebone, is stunning! Old school chic, this Edwardian shop has all the stops: Oak paneling, a conservatory style ceiling and stained-glass windows. The result is beautiful. The selection of books is vast and if you like to match your travels with a book: This is the place! Their travel section has beautiful guides, phrase books, fiction and non fiction, all grouped together. It makes for a deeply satisfying book browse.
*Keep an eye for Author events at their respective branches.
The East End Hipster
Brick Lane Bookshop, Bethnal Green, has been around for 30 years, in various guises. Here you will find a great selection of popular fiction and non- fiction, as well as a trove of books on local and London history. After your browse, I highly recommend finding a coffee shop, to watch the world go by.
*They have recently launched the Brick Lane Bookshop Short Story Prize. The competition looks to promote new voices in the writing world. All entrants who make the long list, will be published in an Anthology by the bookshop!
London Review Bookshop, Bloomsbury, is a haven from the crowds of Holborn and the British Museum. I love the bookshop but LOVE the cafe even more. This space shouts intellectual, and the books, a beautifully, curated selection of new and old. The perfect place to buy your books and enjoy a coffee.
*Weekly talks and events with established authors are a highlight.
The British Library Bookshop, Kings Cross, gets a mention as it is set in the biggest library in the world. It’s so much more than just a bookshop. Browse a free exhibition, make your way upstairs to really appreciate the scale of the library. Grab a coffee or sign up for a free event. This is one of those spaces that just inspires and appreciation for reading and books. The actual bookshop is tiny and beautiful and the selection of books great!
*Sign up to use the library and you can browse the shelves and loan books from here! Become a member and you can work in the member’s rooms!
Need more book inspiration, read this post on the Weekend Edit. It has you covered with all your bookish needs!