We’ve seen many blog posts on ‘Instagram worthy’ cafes and ‘cute brunch spots’ which are perfect for your self-care Sunday, but we thought to compile a list of something a little different: Bookshops! London houses some of the most beautiful bookshops in England So, we’d like to share with you some of the beau idéal of London bookshops on EP’s blog that you can explore for your self- care Sundays.
Many of these you have probably walked past whilst roaming through central London but might’ve not noticed. As they're independent, Some sell new books, some sell secondhand books (some rare books too), but you can be sure you’ll find something you like on this list. Have a little look.
Hatchards, Piccadilly circus: Claimed to be one of the oldest book shops in the United Kingdom, Has a grand classical interior taking you back to the seventeenth century; There are at least 4 floors inside, and their collections are vast. Yet, it still manages to keep a traditional vintage feel to it. Browsing their books is a pure delight.
The common press, Shoreditch : London's newest queer, intersectional bookshop in the heart of Shoreditch
Libreria, Shoreditch: Libreria is that rare bookshop that isn’t trying to also be a cool coffee shop, vinyl store, or hipster hangout. Here, the only aim is to find you the perfect book, and it’s a job the place does rather well. With bright yellow shelves stretching as far as the eye can see, and books of all different subjects and genres, it’s a crime if you can’t find the book for you.
Word on the water, Kings Cross: London’s Floating Bookshop, is the most unique bookshop on the list. This second-hand bookshop is a 1920s Dutch barge which sits on Regent’s Canal very close to King’s Cross Station. It used to wander up and down the canal but now its permanent home is by Granary Square.
Marchpane rare children's' books, Cecil court: Located in the quite and classy Cecil court, this road is lined with vintage and modern book shops. This one is striking with its beautiful Victorian exterior, specializing in rare children's books from classic Winnie the pooh books to Lewis Carroll, books dated as far back as the 18th century- it’s a delight.