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Best Bookstores in London

24 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of the most prestigious book stores to do a book launch. Wonderful inside, books are unconventionally arranged by the country. Pop in on the way to Waitrose.

Great bookstore....great enough to ignore the offers on Amazon.

It's my favorite bookstore in the world, seriously. It's a magic place, extremely beautiful and full of travel books. I can spend hours there. I can stress enough that this is a mandatory place to ... read more


Books For Cooks

$· 4 Blenheim Crescent·Map·Hours·Website·

17 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Cookery Bookshop which also prepares the receipes from the books it sells! Get there at 12.15pm sharp and you'll be served the daily changing menu. Super cheap, super good, super fun!

If you have ever thought about buying a cookbook, no matter how obscure, you will find it here.

A cookbook shop that is open for a set menu lunch in the back. It is my favourite lunch spot in Notting hill because I never know what I'm getting, but it is always delicious. Everyday they try a n... read more

13 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of London's last remaining independent bookstores.

Prefer to buy books in a shop rather than over the internet? Go here to get your fix

Lovely, independent book shop. Hard to enter and not leave with a book.



131 Bellenden Road·Map·Hours·Website·

12 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Excellent independent bookshop, run by a successful young author, good 'alternative' selection of journals etc.

The Review is fast becoming a Peckham institution and even hosts its own literary festival. This independent bookshop is run by novelist Evie Wyld (she was included in 2013's Granta Best of Young B... read more

Small but very well sorted book store. Great collection of books and recommendations. Also stocks a collection of local writers, poetry and children's books.

12 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Artwords is the specialist for books, magazines and videos on the contemporary visual arts and offers the most up-to-date selection of newly published titles, both nationally and internationally.

Art books and magazines as well as a nice selection of children's books

Art books and a big selection of art and design magazibes



113-119 Charing Cross Road·Map·Hours·Website·

11 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Excellent large scale bookstore.

Foyles one of the oldest standing book shops in London and recently been refurbished.

Possibly London's biggest bookstore. A pleasant way to waste a few hours. Staff are nice, but not super knowledgeable - they get moved around between areas, and nobody can know about that many book... read more

7 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Very easy to while away the hours in this bookshop. Comprehensive and absorbing.

A mainstream and academic book retailer where you can browse books and have a coffee as well

One of London's most iconic and best-known bookshops, known for its immense academic range alongside a wealth of new and used books on every imaginable subject.


Skoob Books

66 Brunswick Square·Map·Hours·Website·

9 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Fabulous second-hand bookshop in Brunswick Square. You can get lost here for days! All of Marchmont Street is great for books and food too.

London’s broadest selection of second-hand academic books, including large collections (55,000) of used books in Literature, Art, History, Politics, Economics, Classics, Science and Technology

In twenty years Skoob has established a reputation for second-hand books with an academic slant, concentrating on such areas as mathematics, philosophy, science and medieval studies.

6 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Best and probably oldest Book shop in Chelsea...worth popping into!

Best bookstore around, one of the best in all of London. You might meet authors and other celebrities browsing for books.

Independent book store with immensely helpful and knowledgable staff -


Owl Bookshop

207-209 Kentish Town Road·Map·Hours·Website·

6 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The best independent bookshop for miles. Knowledgeable staff.

Our friendly local bookshop. Somewhat limited by size, but you can reliably pick up a Ferrante, a Franzen, or the latest fancy cook books. Nice staff. No up-front discounts, but a loyalty program.

A jewel of a bookshop. The staff are very knowledgeable and can help and advise with anything. They can order things for the next day and the children's section is amazing. It's really hard to leave.

5 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great local independent bookshop

One of the best bookshops in South London.


Daunt Books

112-114 Holland Park Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·


Pages Of Hackney

70 Lower Clapton Road·Map·Hours·Website·

5 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Fantastic independent book shop also hosting regular events in the basement.

Nice well established local bookshop

Lovely independent bookstore, with a great curated selection.

5 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Fabulous cakes and literary atmosphere - plus one of London's best bookshops

My favourite London bookshop. Knowledgeable staff, a good current selection, and a cake shop attached. No discounts, though :(

3 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Fantastic local book shop with great choice of local history books and maps. Must for all general book lovers as the choice is small but eclectic.

Well edited book store with helpful, knowledgable staff.

4 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Nice book shop, actually a little further down the street than it shows up on the map here.

A great local bookstore. They need our support and they stock really good books. And they pay their taxes.


Daunt Books

158-164 Fulham Road·Map·Hours·Website·


Artwords Bookshop

65A Rivington Street·Map·Hours·

4 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Artwords Bookshop is specialist for books, magazines on the contemporary visual arts and offers the most up-to-date selection of newly published titles, both nationally and internationally.

I'm a passionate about magazine and books so I always stop by Artwords to check the last magazine and book they received. Large choice there!

6 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Cute little book shop with a cafe!

Not just coffee, it's a fantastic neighborhood bookstore to spend those quiet hours in.

2 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Friends of ours Babette & Carrie. Fantastic little bookshop/gallery/bar! Well worth a visit...especially to see the inhouse doggies!

2 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Voted one of the best kids book stores in london - huge range, knowledgable stuff. Book clubs. A coffee machine for parents. Great rainy day place for little readers.


Waterstones Booksellers Ltd

$$· 220-226 Chiswick High Rd·Map·

2 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great selection of books and knowledgeable staff. Great for browsing. Wonderful selection - the space is bigger than it looks.

2 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A theatre bookshop with a difference (see website for screenings and performances).

2 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great Stationary & Homeware Shop


Daunt Books

51 South End Road·Map·Hours·

4 local Airbnb hosts recommend

There are two local Daunt bookshops ( the other one is in Belsize Part) and what we like about them is that they are small and friendly a - how bookshops used to be. No discounts but friendly advice.

Daunt Books welcomes readers, travellers and the simply curious. This original Edwardian intimate local bookshops aims to inspire it's customers into making literary discoveries they might never ha... read more


Book Mongers

439 Coldharbour Ln·Map·Hours·

3 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Book Mongers is a wonderful second hand bookshop on Coldharbour Lane, a few minutes from Brixton station!

Great 2nd hand bookshop. Been here for years. Resident dog in the window. Never know what you might find...

2 local Airbnb hosts recommend

All the classics and East london stories.

2 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great book store with a cafe and play area for children on the first floor. Great store to take children and look for a book yourself :)

2 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Self-styled bookshop and cultural hub'. A cornerstone of the SE26 community and a great place for gifts, books and a great kids book section.

Oldest indie bookshop in South London - great if you want to browse their selection of new or secondhand books (latter in the basement), and find a special pressie for someone.