In spite of the difficulties facing the publishing industry, there are still a lot of bookshops in London which are managing to survive. Here are five I deem to be among the Most Awesome.
The flagship store on Charing Cross Road is a haven for book-lovers everywhere. It is vast yet not at all intimidating. Its specialisms include the Grant & Cutler foreign language department and the sheet music section on the top floor. Ray’s Jazz Cafe is also very cool.
(2) Oxfam Books
Oxfam Books on Bloomsbury Street definitely has one of the best collections of second-hand books around with all proceeds going towards a very worthy charity. Oxfam Books on Marylebone High Street also has a great selection. Of course, every charity shop is different depending on what has been donated to them so there are gems to be found everywhere.
(3) Daunt Books
Daunt Books is a travel bookshop but it contains plenty of other books too. All fiction books are organised according to the author’s country of origin. The displays are very eye-catching and it is obvious that a great deal of thought goes into their presentation. The shop on Marylebone High Street also has really beautiful interiors.
(4) Waterstones (Gower Street)
Obviously, Waterstones is a chain but the Gower Street store is pretty special. It has a huge collection of foreign literature as well as second hand and remainder books which are difficult to find in other branches across the country.
(5) Camden Lock Books
Confusingly, Camden Lock Books is no longer located in Camden Lock Market itself but can now be found in the underpass near Old Street tube station. It’s quite small but as you can see from the picture, not an inch of space is wasted!
What is your favourite bookshop (in London or elsewhere)?