Bookshop Day 2020: Seven of the best independent bookstores to support in London


A good bookstore is hard to beat (Picture: EPA)

It’s Bookshop Day 2020, and you know what that means – whether you want to sink your teeth into a new purchase or bury your nose in a classic, it’s time to celebrate books and the shops that supply them.

You might already have a favourite bookshop haunt or two, but there’s no harm in expanding your horizons on a day like today.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of the best independent London bookshops that you can support.

Persephone Books

Persephone Books was founded in 1998 with the desire to draw more attention neglected mid-twentieth century literature – literature which just so happens to have been largely written by women.

Not only is their Holborn shop open again, but you can also order from them online.

Dulwich Books

Dulwich Books has been open for over 30 years and is now an award-winning stalwart of London’s independent bookstore scene.

The bookstore will also do next-day delivery as long as the book you want is already with their suppliers and ordered by 5pm.

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Brick Lane Bookshop

The Brick Lane Bookshop specialises in fiction, London-based books, non-fiction, travel, poetry, the classics and children’s books,

Even though the store is now open seven days a week, you can also order online, with free delivery for Tower Hamlets residents on orders over £15.

Libreria

The folks over at Libreria promise that their products change each week, so this is one you’ll want to check in with on a regular basis.

Their physical shop groups books by theme rather than genre or author, and if you don’t feel like browsing their shelves in person you can order online.

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Word on the Water

The Word on the Water barge isn’t just stocked with books – its roof also acts as a stage that plays host to local musicians.

On top of ordering individual books online, you can also buy a ‘book prescription’ which sees a book or books delivered to your door once or twice a month depending on how much you pay.

The Bookseller Crow

Crystal Palace’s The Bookseller Crow On The Hill is another literary institution that’s been going since the 90s.

They are open again, but only or half days Tuesday-Saturday and just for collection on Mondays. You can, however, order from them online.

Roundtable Books

Roundtable Books began life as an ‘inclusion-led’ pop up in the wake of a study which found just one per cent of children’s books in the UK include BAME characters.

Its success led to fundraising and a permanent space, and that includes an online shop.

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