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

Notting Hill

21 Kensington Park Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 2EU, UK

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A little bookshop of wonder

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.

Daunt Books

Holland Park

112-114 Holland Park Ave, Notting Hill, London W11 4UA, UK

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Love the themed window displays at Daunt's Holland Park shop

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.


Covent Garden

29 Short's Gardens, London WC2H 9AP, UK

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This bookshop is full of coffee table must-haves

A specialist bookshop, focused on and design. Both inspiring and useful, it is always a treat to browse. A great place to pick up a present as well.

South Kensington Books

South Kensington

22 Thurloe St, Kensington, London SW7 2LT, UK

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Drop by South Kensington Books before or after a day at the museums

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.

Hurlingham Books


91 Fulham High St, Fulham, London SW6 3JS, UK

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Books upon books piling on top of each other

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.