Unlike some other major cities, London still has plenty of unique, independent bookshops, each with its own individual aesthetic and character. Here’s a selection of some of the city’s cosiest ones for you to check out this winter.
It’s surprising how many books have been crammed into this tiny, modern bookseller, which is strategically placed on a quiet street off Brick Lane. There are plenty of reading nooks throughout the store, but be warned: no Wi-Fi is available and a strict “no phone” policy is in place; you really are there for the books! When you make a purchase at Libreria, you even have the option of stamping it with the shop’s logo – a great touch if you like to remember where you bought your books.
Persephone Books reprints neglected literature authored by twentieth century women. Every book is the same soft, blue-grey color. Open one, however, and you’ll find a beautiful pattern specifically chosen for that individual work. This small shop also acts as the publishing HQ, and if you look past the cash register you can see boxes and boxes of books travelling in and out of the shop. There is only one seat in the shop for reading, but just outside is littered with beautiful coffee shops to bring your new book into.
London Review Bookshop
Hatchards is London’s oldest bookshop, and has been sitting in Piccadilly since 1797, though it did move a few buildings down in 1801. The ownership has changed hands in the last few decades, with the store being recently purchased by Waterstones. Walking past it, however, you may feel you’ve been transported back to the 18th century. There’s plenty to see inside as well, with four stories of books to experience, and plenty of comfy, worn chairs and couches scattered throughout.
Great bookshops for a cosy winter!