Stop Number Five: Foyles

Of course, where would I be without mentioning Foyles? It’s not exactly a little bookshop, but it is a bastion of reading, and it has slightly more of a niche market value than the many Waterstones shops we see every day (which, though admittedly excellent, do clog up high streets somewhat). Foyles, on the other hand, is…

Stop Number Four: Libreria

Time for a (long overdue) trip to the hipster’s paradise, Brick Lane, and this lovely little bookshop that lies just around the corner. I love it here: it’s homely, it’s friendly and it’s the perfect place if you just want to do some browsing. In fact, browsing is at the heart of what Libreria is…

Stop Number Three: Goldsboro Books

A short walk from Charing Cross Road likes Goldsboro Books, a lovely little bookshop which is set in a street that reeks of literary history. Nicknamed ‘Bookshop Alley’, Cecil Court is famous for the many bookshops that line it- to the point where J.K Rowling took it as inspiration for Diagon Alley. Goldsboro Books is my favourite,…

Stop Number Two: Daunt Books

Next stop is a quiet street in Marylebone, five minutes walk from the leafy beauty of Regent’s Park: Daunt Books, the home of the natty little canvas tote bags that seem to be on trend at the moment with book-lovers. And for good reason, because the store itself is a thing of beauty. Though it…

Stop Number One: Hatchard’s

Let’s go back to where it all began… Hatchard’s, which is, if rumour is to be believed, the UK’s oldest bookshop. Founded in 1797 by one John Hatchard, bookseller, the bookshop hasn’t moved from its current location in Piccadilly- why would you, though, it’s next to Fortnum and Mason’s- for over two centuries. The building…