Reading in London: unusual bookstores

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Unusual bookstores

Whether it is for the originality of the place or their selection, each of these bookstores has that little "je ne sais quoi" that makes the difference!

Word on the Water

A floating bookshop, great books, friendly dog, warm stove, poetry slams and live music on our roof stage.

A floating bookshop, great books, friendly dog, warm stove, poetry slams and live music on our roof stage.

The Second Shelf

The Second Shelf is a bookshop and literary quarterly focused on antiquarian books, modern first editions, manuscripts, and rediscovered works by women located in London in Soho, a short walk from Piccadilly Circus Tube Station.

The Second Shelf is a bookshop and literary quarterly focused on antiquarian books, modern first editions, manuscripts, and rediscovered works by women located in London in Soho, a short walk from Piccadilly Circus Tube Station.

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Gosh! Comics

A mean little comic shop in the heart of Soho. With a 25-year track record in the industry and enthusiastic, knowledgeable staff, Gosh! Comics remains London’s must-visit store for those who love the medium.Our range of graphic novels is second to none, and we’re always striving to source new and interesting product, whatever the genre. From translated European albums to mainstream superhero antics; vintage children’s books to contemporary graphic fiction; compulsively readable manga to cutting edge small press: we’ve got something for everyone.

A mean little comic shop in the heart of Soho. With a 25-year track record in the industry and enthusiastic, knowledgeable staff, Gosh! Comics remains London’s must-visit store for those who love the medium.Our range of graphic novels is second to...

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Stanfords

Established in 1853 by Edward Stanford, Stanfords is the UK's leading specialist retailer of maps, travel books and travel accessories, with a flagship store in London's Covent Garden and another outlet in Bristol.

Established in 1853 by Edward Stanford, Stanfords is the UK's leading specialist retailer of maps, travel books and travel accessories, with a flagship store in London's Covent Garden and another outlet in Bristol.