Our Favourite Bookshops in the UK
Disclaimer: We love ALL bookshops. Big or small, independent, or large chain, these are just a few that we wanted to tell you about. If you want to tell us about your favourites, put them in the comments or tweet us @MJPGroup!
DAUNT BOOKS (MARYLEBONE), LONDON
84 Marylebone High St, Marylebone, London W1U 4QW
One of the most picturesque bookshops in London (if not the UK), Daunt Books is perfect Instagram fodder. I mean, just look at that window! Outside of its gorgeous aesthetics, it’s also an excellent bookshop that caters for all tastes. Originally, a specialist seller of travel books, sections of the shop are still broken out by country or region. We think that’s really cool!
SIMPLY BOOKS, STOCKPORT
228 Moss Ln, Bramhall, Stockport SK7 1BD
Ok, so there may be a little hometown bias on this one but we love Simply Books. Tucked away in the Bramhall area of Stockport — we’re just up the road in Marple — this shop has everything you could want from a bookshop. Easily accessible and wonderfully laid out shelves, knowledgeable staff to ask for recommendations, and a great cafe to sit and read in after you’ve finally picked out what you’re going to buy. Highly recommended if you’re up this way!
BLOOM & CURLL, BRISTOL
74 Colston St, Bristol BS1 5BB
Bloom and Curll may initially look like the set of Black Books, but there is order to this wonderful chaos. A treasure trove of new and used books, with everything from best-selling fiction to a wide array of children’s titles available, there’s always a friendly vibe here and (as with all wonderful independents) someone actively enthused about books and always willing to make a recommendation. If you’re just passing through (like I was) or a regular customer, Bloom & Curll will always make you feel welcome. We hear there’s even a bit of bookbinding going on in the back too. Wow!
NEWS FROM NOWHERE, LIVERPOOL
96 Bold St, Liverpool L1 4HY
News from Nowhere is a Liverpool institution. Known for its selection of radical books — including Hormoanal by Linda Cosgriff — and support for the community, it’s an absolute must-visit if you’re ever in Liverpool.
THE EDINBURGH BOOK SHOP, EDINBURGH
219 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh EH10 4DH
I love visiting Edinburgh and when I’m there I always make time to stop into The Edinburgh Bookshop. Hosting a fantastic selection of books for adults and children alike, this cosy little shop is one of a number of shops worth visiting in Scotland’s capital city. In fact, I recommend checking out this list for if you’re ever in the area. It’s also worth taking a look at their event listings — you never know what might be going on!
NOMAD BOOKS, LONDON
781 Fulham Rd, Fulham, London SW6 5HA
Away from the hustle and bustle of the centre of the city — although easily accessible by tube — Nomad Books is a deceptive indie bookshop in the Parsons Green area of Fulham. Almost like a Tardis, it looks much smaller on the outside than it is. Boasting a huge selection of the latest in adult fiction and non-fiction, and a brilliant selection of children’s books (you’ll definitely find some Tiny Tree books there!), the shop also caters to the large French-speaking community in the area and stocks a great selection of French-language books. Got to love a bookshop that knows it’s audience!
TROUTMARK BOOKS, CARDIFF
Castle Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1BW
The kind of bookshop you only expect to see in films — or in stock images used at the top of articles like this one — Troutmark Books in Cardiff stole our hearts from the moment we walked in. Hidden away inside one of Cardiff’s Victorian arcades, its floor to ceiling shelves that are packed with second hand books, but really well organised. This makes it an absolute dream for book browsers and almost guaranteeing that you’ll walk out of there clutching something new. Culture Trip has spoiled us again with another brilliant article highlighting more Cardiff bookshops here.
VILLAGE BOOKS & COFFEE, LEEDS
3 Thorntons Arcade, Leeds LS1 6LQ
If you’re looking to find a book you won’t find anywhere else, Village Books and Coffee in Leeds is a great spot to shop. From books on design, art, fashion, and illustration to a well-curated fiction section, this place has books you never knew you wanted until now. Add to that a selection of awesome zines, excellent art prints and the ability to expand your wardrobe, you need to pay this place a visit.
CHORLTON BOOKSHOP, MANCHESTER
506 Wilbraham Rd, Manchester M21 9AW
Found in the heart of Manchester’s wonderfully hipster suburb of Chorlton, the Chorlton Bookshop is a classic small town bookshop. Every town needs a bookshop like this. Somewhere you can pick up the latest releases, browse classics and maybe have the little ones pick something out, all in a friendly atmosphere. We’ll always pop in if we’re passing and you should too!
FOYLES, LONDON (CHARING CROSS ROAD), LONDON
107 Charing Cross Rd, Soho, London WC2H
The only chain store to make it onto our list, Foyles’ flagship store on Charing Cross Road is almost like a department store for books. Across its six huge floors you’ll find books on everything from art and design, manga and comic books, all kinds of academic titles as well as a huge — and I mean huge — selection of the latest and greatest new books on the market. I can lose myself in this shop for hours and I’ve no doubt that any other bookish friends could too. All Foyles stores have a great vibe about them, but if we had to pick one it would be this one.