Mapped: London's Independent Bookshops

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 25 months ago
Mapped: London's Independent Bookshops

Bookshops are a joy to browse. You'll make discoveries in them that you'll never make on Amazon (we still thank the lost and lamented Crockatt & Powell for introducing us to Steven Johnson's brilliant The Ghost Map), you can ask for recommendations from a knowledgeable bookseller and be satisfied that you're supporting local businesses.

A few years ago now, we spent some time visiting many of London's independent bookshops. You can read all about the places we went but, as is the nature of independent retailers, some have closed and some have moved. Plus, we could never visit them all. So we've created this map of the capital's indie booksellers – find one near you for your Christmas shopping, or visit their websites to see which do online ordering. Click on icons to find out more, zoom in and out or view the map in its own browser window.

Let us know about updates and additions in the comments or email

Featured image by Gareth Evans.

Last Updated 03 June 2016

Ashley Walker

Greenwich book shop? on Creed Rd.


Great work – there's Bookmongers in Brixon, too.

Paul Lewis

Why include Daunt's? They are not independent.

Nigel Whitfield

You appear to be missing Page of Hackney, at 70 Lower Clapton Road.

Donna Tartt

You should add in W & A Houben, Richmond:


Chener Books in East Dulwich, and Tales on Moon Lane in Herne Hill if you're including kids book shops


Good to see someone's already suggested Bookmongers on Coldharbour Lane in Brixton. It's my favourite bookshop in London. Here's why:


Camden Lock Books in Old Street Station!


Brick Lane Books of Brick Lane. Twenty five years old and you missed it?


What about Ripping Yarns at the top of Archway Rd?

Joanna Moncrieff

We have one in Chingford - Chingford Books, Station Road E4. Recently under new management but has been in Chingford for 25+ years.

@ChingfordBooks on Twitter


Rather a strange co-incidence that this article has appeared a week or so after 'The London Bookshop Map' launched their App version? They've been promoting London's independent bookshops via their printed maps for the past few years (as well as supporting the Amazon boycott). The Map is available in most of the shops you list, and the App available here:


Victoria Park Books! 174 Victoria Park Road, E9 7HD!

Rod Murdison

Kirkdale Bookshop; 272 Kirkdale Road; Sydenham; SE26 4RS minutes from Sydenham train station. Especially the downstairs secondhand section divided by subject.


I recommend Book Ends in Exmouth Market (formerly of South Kensington). They specialise in childrens' books and arts & crafts, and are particularly good on beautifully illustrated picture books, with a few rare & out of print titles. Lovely people too!


What about Barnes Bookshop? And Kew Bookshop? Both excellent and most definitely independent.... and


Kennington Bookshop, Kennington Road - it's great they even have a second hand section and run events


Daunt Books in Marylebone High Street is simply stunning so let's not be grumpy/pedantic about whether they have more than one shop. So what?


Did you include 'Review' the bookshop in Bellenden Road SE15? Wonderful place


Thoroughly recommend Copperfields bookshop in Wimbledon, on Hartfield Road. Excellent and eclectic selection.


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I'm pretty sure the Village Bookshop on High Road, Woodford Green is still there, although the website seems to be under construction http://www.thevillagebookshop....

Andrew Buggey

The Village Bookshop, High Road, Woodford Green.
The Bookshop, High Road, Loughton (I know it's just outside London).


What About Swan Books out in Upminster (end of the District Line)?

Klaus Waugh

How about Freedom Press in Whitechapel? It's the oldest anarchist publisher in the English speaking world.

Olive Road

I like your support of independent book shops but I'm afraid a few are out of date - Foyles is no longer in Westfield White City and Victoria Park Books seems to have turned into a kids clothes shop, which is a shame as it was a good book shop! You also missed out NottingHill Book shop. Once you get past the tourist taking pics, it has a good selection.

Maureen Nathan

you've left out my favourite - Primrose Hill Books - I've been buying books from them for over 25 years and they LOVE books. Independent, family owned and run. They've got ink and pages running through their veins!


If you're still updating this, gotta include the recently opened ink84! In Highbury


You should add All You Read Is Love in Leytonstone.

Tom M in Highbury, and a little further down at 174 Blackstock Rd you have A. Wilsher