Biblio-Text: Grant and Cutler

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 103 months ago
Biblio-Text: Grant and Cutler
Childrens books in Spanish - and Scrabble!
Childrens books in Spanish - and Scrabble!
A lot of tres chic French books
A lot of tres chic French books
A multitude of Southeast Asian languages
A multitude of Southeast Asian languages
Get your world cinema fix here
Get your world cinema fix here
We're quite pleased that dog's facing away from us...
We're quite pleased that dog's facing away from us...
Notices: from tuition to theatre
Notices: from tuition to theatre
The faintly classical outlines of Grant and Cutler
The faintly classical outlines of Grant and Cutler
Harry Potter and His Dark Materials in Polish
Harry Potter and His Dark Materials in Polish
... or Kafka in the original German. Though it might be an idea to have read them in English first, in case anyone asks you about them
... or Kafka in the original German. Though it might be an idea to have read them in English first, in case anyone asks you about them
Chinese the fun way!
Chinese the fun way!
South America, and books on European cinematic classics
South America, and books on European cinematic classics
How to look intellectual: read Proust in the original French
How to look intellectual: read Proust in the original French

Continuing our amble round London's independent bookshops

Set up in 1936 as a book club and lending library (and based in Buckingham Street until 1986), Grant and Cutler is now the largest foreign language bookseller in the UK. That being the case, the shop is so much more than a bunch of 'Spanish for beginners' CDs and dictionaries (though they do those too).

They cover 150 languages, from large French, Spanish, German and Russian ranges to Tajik and Tagalog (a language spoken by 22 million people in the Philippines. We learn new stuff every day!). They've got novels by the bucketload, world DVDs, books for children (which, by the way, is actually quite a good way of familiarising yourself with a language. Easy words, see) - and Scrabble.

The grey metal shelving may give off a utilitarian vibe but Grant and Cutler is a truly diverting experience, especially after the manic tourist crush of Carnaby Street just round the corner.

Grant and Cutler, 55-57 Great Marlborough Street, W1. Continue reading for a map, images author's own. Know a good bookshop? Email us at londonist (@) gmail.com.


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Last Updated 22 July 2009