London's best independent bookshops for serious bookworms
Insider Guide by Ginza co-founder Rob Chu
This is a guide to some of London’s quiet oases, hidden in plain sight, with well-curated book collections and knowledgable staff.
Warning: I wouldn’t recommend a visit to any of them if you don’t want overweight luggage charges.
Lutyens & Rubinstein
The little Notting Hill bookshop is a stunner. Founded by literary agents, the book selection is crowd-curated. Every single book in the shop was recommended by either a reader, a writer or a publishing professional.
Insider tip: discover the special sections for children’s books, poetry and art.
The Holland Park branch of Daunt books has an irresistible warmth and coziness to it. As with the original Marylebone shop, there is a fantastic selection of travel writing, as well as international fiction and history.
Insider tip: Don’t miss the children’s section in the back.
South Kensington Books
Just next to South Kensington tube station, this bookshop is a must-visit before or after a day in the museum district. There is year-round remainder stock sold at 50% off list price, as well as new titles sold at a smaller discount. It specialises in visual arts, architecture, and photography, and also has a large history section.
Self-claimed oldest independent bookshop in South West London, this shop has secondhand books stacked from floor to ceiling. Be prepared to have a rummage to uncover hidden literary delights, and ask the owner Ray if you cannot find anything, as they have a million books in storage near-by.