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20 Bookstores In United Kingdom πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

These are 20 of the best bookstores in United Kingdom. The best bookstore is Foyles. Here is the list of United Kingdom bookstores.

Last update: January 11, 2024

1. Foyles

"Huge bookstore. Like a department store for literature. They highlight recent novels and trending books right by the bottom of the staircase which i think is pretty cool. Also pretty sure there's a cafe upstairs. You can find anything in here and i think it is laid out pretty easily but its not difficult to get lost!"

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 10,356 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 107 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0DT, United Kingdom

2. Daunt Books Marylebone

"My husband Great x3 Grandfather lived by this store in 1847 when it was a butcher's store. We've always wanted to visit it and imagine him standing there all those years ago.It's one of the nicest bookstores we've ever been in. The mix of new and old can be seen everywhere. Be sure to walk up the tiny staircase leading to the upper level, really cool.So many books!! Excellent store"

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • πŸ“° 4,053 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 84 Marylebone High St, London W1U 4QW, United Kingdom

3. Waterstones

"The location is brilliant because you can escape the madness of trafalgar square. the cafe upstairs can be a little busy but they have a toilet up there (closes early some days so be aware) also it's not the nicest or cleanest toilet in the world... i really like this branch though, it's better than the strand for sure."

  • ⭐️ 4.5 Rating
  • πŸ“° 1,751 Reviews
  • πŸ“ The Grand Building, Trafalgar Sq, London WC2N 5EJ, United Kingdom

4. Hatchards

"Oh. My. Goodness. What an amazing place!My wife and I didn't even see 20% of the store between us, but we still needed two bags to carry our purchases.I love a good bookstore and this one is right up there in my opinion with Paris' Shakespeare and Company."

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • πŸ“° 1,649 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 187 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9LE, United Kingdom

5. Gay's The Word

"I actually went here with a friend at the start of 2022. At this point I was still wearing a mask quite often, hence the mask.This bookshop is a one of a kind. It is a trailblazer for high streets and bookshops, because of the immense inclusivity and variety of books there are inside. Not to mention other interesting buys too.I’ve since been to 1 other queer bookshop, in Manchester. The UK and the world need more of these places to enhance the inclusion of high street stores, and also increase the amount of safe places for queer people to go to and visit.The selection of books was amazing. I personally bought one on homosexuality in ancient Greece. My friend bought some queer movies, and there was also a great selection of vintage picture books, life modelling magazines and collectors items too.It’s only small, but it brings a very great and vibrant energy. If you’re in London for a day trip, take a visit there! πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€βš§οΈ"

  • ⭐️ 4.9 Rating
  • πŸ“° 1,078 Reviews
  • πŸ† Independent Bookstore
  • πŸ“ 66 Marchmont St, London WC1N 1AB, United Kingdom

6. Mr B's Emporium Bookshop

"I can’t say enough good things about this shop. It’s so lovely and has tons of books I had never seen before, along with beautiful stationery products. They also put many books by local authors to the front, which was great for us, as tourists!I’m a bookworm and bookstores are my happy place. This one is definitely on top of my list of favorites, and truly fits right in with the ambiance of Bath.😌The store itself is full of charm, and the staff is wonderful. The novel I picked up had some imperfections and they offered me a small discount towards it, since it was the last copy available, which was really appreciated.Amazing experience all around, can’t wait to go back someday!πŸ“š"

  • ⭐️ 4.9 Rating
  • πŸ“° 927 Reviews
  • πŸ† Independent Bookstore
  • πŸ“ 14-15, John St, Bath BA1 2JL, United Kingdom

7. London Review Bookshop

"One of the best in London. There are so many editions about the Germany poet Paul Celan and you can also find a lot good poetry and fiction here."

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 822 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 14-16 Bury Pl, London WC1A 2JL, United Kingdom

8. Watkins Books

"Best bookshop in London. Yesterday I was at Watkins and Jaqueline gave me a runes reading. It was very nice. She is definitely a good reader. She reads 2 different sets, wood (from Holly tree) and crystals, and reads the runes with you, not only for you. She explained the runes within runes and multi layered runic meanings towards your reading. It was like a multidimensional information portal, instead of the usual flat and linear tarot readings most people do. I was very impressed. I think she reads there usually on Tuesdays."

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • πŸ“° 800 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 19-21 Cecil Ct, London WC2N 4EZ, United Kingdom

9. Daunt Books

"Not far from St. Paul Cathedral. Full of traveling books including translated novels from each regions. Also a lot of new updated novels and children books. Nice atmosphere to spend the weekend and look for your favourite books."

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 721 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 61 Cheapside, London EC2V 6AX, United Kingdom

10. Skoob Books

"A fabulous second hand bookshop. Huge, academic and all other books you could ever want. Very helpful staff. Very short walk from Russell Square tube station on the Piccadilly line. The books are not catalogued so just go there. This splendid bookshop used to be in Sicilian Avenue, off Kingsway in Holborn."

  • ⭐️ 4.6 Rating
  • πŸ“° 544 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 66 The Brunswick off, Marchmont St, London WC1N 1AE, United Kingdom

11. Judd Books

"I’m absolutely in love! So many art and culture-related books, some in mint condition. They also implemented a system of collecting stamps to get a discount, which is convenient since I will be definitively coming back.There are two levels of nicely categorised books, which are a joy to browse. It’s superb to have a shop like that in the neighbourhood."

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 422 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 82 Marchmont St, London WC1N 1AG, United Kingdom

12. Brick Lane Bookshop

"Great variety of books and tote bags…I was looking all over London for the penguin classic book bags and was so delighted to have found one in the Brick Lane Bookshop. The staff was really friendly as well."

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 324 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 166 Brick Ln, London E1 6RU, United Kingdom

13. The Atlantis Bookshop

"Excellent selection of books, tarot decks, ornaments, statues, gifts, candels and much more. I found the two ladies at the shop very polite and helpful. Seen a few exhibitions at the shop over the years; always interesting. Walking into the shop is like night and day, energy wise. Entering the shop met me with a very calm and relaxing atmosphere compared to outside."

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 292 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 49A Museum St, London WC1A 1LY, United Kingdom

14. Blackwell's Bookshop

"Here is a very library atmosphere and nice coffee."

  • ⭐️ 4.2 Rating
  • πŸ“° 234 Reviews
  • πŸ“ High Holborn, London WC1V 6EP, United Kingdom

15. Pages Of Hackney

"I loved this book shop! It has a wonderful and big fiction/non-fiction collection upstairs and vintage as well as poetry books downstairs. It also has a chair and couch downstairs where you can sit down and read for a bit."

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • πŸ“° 179 Reviews
  • πŸ† Independent Bookstore
  • πŸ“ 70 Lower Clapton Rd, Lower Clapton, London E5 0RN, United Kingdom

16. Foyles

"Lovely shop, helpful staff and a very cool counter"

  • ⭐️ 4.6 Rating
  • πŸ“° 159 Reviews
  • πŸ“ Station East Broadway, 22 Waterloo Rd, London SE1 8SW, United Kingdom

17. The Book Hive

"A lovely, homely bookshop right in the middle of Norwich city centre.Certainly a niche book collection. If you are looking for popular or new books then I would suggest Waterstones.If you are looking for collectors editions, especially on art, culture, history or the classics, or militaria then this is the place to have a good look around. Upstairs there were also plenty of children's books to look through.Hard to really describe the type of books in this shop. You really need to go in and have a good look around."

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • πŸ“° 137 Reviews
  • πŸ† Independent Bookstore
  • πŸ“ 53 London St, Norwich NR2 1HL, United Kingdom

18. Bookseller Crow On The Hill

"Interesting and diverses book store unexpected. Warm and cozy ambiance with even local writers showing up to sign your book!"

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 106 Reviews
  • πŸ† Independent Bookstore
  • πŸ“ 50 Westow St, London SE19 3AF, United Kingdom

19. West End Lane Books

"Excellent local bookshop. Friendly staff and a good selection, including some signed books which is a highlight. I would be keen to see more travel writing in the shop going forward."

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 102 Reviews
  • πŸ† Independent Bookstore
  • πŸ“ 277 W End Ln, London NW6 1QS, United Kingdom

20. Belgravia Books

"A wonderful little shop, packed with a great mix of new releases and classics from a variety of genres. Perfect if you want a reprieve from Victoria."

  • ⭐️ 4.6 Rating
  • πŸ“° 84 Reviews
  • πŸ† Independent Bookstore
  • πŸ“ 12 Eccleston St, London SW1W 9LT, United Kingdom