Biblio-Text: Clapham Books

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 107 months ago
Biblio-Text: Clapham Books
Outside Clapham Books (man with Sainsburys shopping cannot always be guaranteed)
Outside Clapham Books (man with Sainsburys shopping cannot always be guaranteed)
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The fabulously informative noticeboard corner
The fabulously informative noticeboard corner
Keeping watch over the children's section
Keeping watch over the children's section
Does anyone else get the feeling these three animals aren't entirely happy in each other's company?
Does anyone else get the feeling these three animals aren't entirely happy in each other's company?
Some of the great art books
Some of the great art books
Planet Cake? When can we move?
Planet Cake? When can we move?

Continuing our amble around London's independent bookshops

The tale of Clapham Books is one of triumph over adversity. In 2006, a team of plucky bibliophiles bought a failing bookshop on the site of the current store, changed its name, spruced it up and - despite not taking salaries for the first few months and some hairy rent negotiations - made a roaring success. (In fact they've done so well, they're about to open a second branch by Herne Hill station. We'll be along in the fullness of time.)

They pride themselves on stocking books off the beaten track, imports (particularly editions from the US) and they have very strong travel, children's, cookery, art, culture and photography sections. We also spotted (and bought) some interesting selections on the fiction shelves too. With weekly storytime sessions at 11am on Wednesdays, discounts for reading groups and a bustling noticeboard, they're also firmly fixed into the community - which is what you want from your lovely local indie, isn't it?

Clapham Books 120 Clapham High Street has moved to 26 The Pavement. 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 15 September 2009