i love book shops – especially small independent ones. i have noticed recently that there are more and more individual bookshops opening, especially specialising in photography and art and special editioned books. some books are becoming like art – collectors pieces. dashwood books in new york has a beautiful and unique books, you could spend hours in there.
independent bookshops are perfect to browse in – they always remind me of the book 84 charring cross road – which you must read if you havent already – it actually made me cry. john sandoe books is one that i was taken too recently and i loved its higgledy piggledy fashion; maggs bros is the opposite, housed in a georgian townhouse its collection of antiquarian books is vast and more orderly. whilst we were in venice, we stumbled upon many antique book shops – with beautiful shop window displays – its one of the pleasures of venice, walking the streets window shopping at dusk. damocle books had a beautiful collection of classic authors and poetry books.
broadway market with its wonderful food stalls and interesting shops has 3 great book shops too, artwords books , broadway bookshop and donion books – both have an eclectic choice of books and a good selection of art based magazines.
queens park books is also a good local bookshop and has a good range of books for children. its so tempting to go into a bookshop and see a book, then go home and buy it cheaper on amazon, but next time, tell yourself that if you hadnt seen the book in the bookshop then you would never have know about the book – where would we all be without bookshops? they are a source of inspiration and develop the mind and creativity. lets try and keep them all alive.
my favourite places to have coffee are in bookshops that also serve you tea and cakes – what a perfect balance, to relax and spend time choosing and discovering new books. the idler academy not only sells book, lovely coffee and cakes, but offers a wide range of interesting courses from Latin to embroidery to life drawing!
the society club in soho, is another lovely place to stop by for tea and always has an everchanging exhibition.
in Cartagena, we stumbled upon a lovely bookshop and cafe, abaco – so if you manage to get to Cartagena Colombia, do try and stop by there.
Primrose Hill Books is a small local bookshop on Regents Park Road, as well as selling a selection of novels and artbooks, you can ask for out of print, hard to find books: they can also order books efficiently for you. Genesis Publications is where I always turn to for special birthday, wedding anniversary presents- they produce the most beautiful limited editioned books – I bought my husband Bob Dylan, David Bowie – they are beautiful collectors items! Cecil Court, a short walk from Leicester Square Tube is a book lovers dream – the century old shopfronts havent changed and the signs advertise that they are specialists in rare and antiquarian books, maps and prints and all manner of related printed material including stamps and banknotes. You will definitely find a gift here. Finally, you must visit Daunt books on Marylebone High Street, one of my favourite book shops – reminiscent of an Edwardian bookshop, it really is what you imagine a bookshop should be like.