Ceilidh Place,Ullapool

If you’re looking for somewhere quiet in Ullapool try the Ceilidh Place. They do have music playing in the cafe/restaurant but were happy to serve us our lunch in their peaceful front sitting room (when we asked nicely!)
Their bookshop is muzac-free.

www.theceilidhplace.com/

The Wallingford Bookshop 10c St Martin’s Street, Wallingford Oxon. OX10 0AL

A lovely independent bookshop in a quiet little historic market town on the River Thames; the staff are friendly and cheerful, knowledgeable and able to obtain ordered books much faster than most large chains. Absolutely no piped music, although the staff confess to bursting into the odd refrain when feeling particularly happy.

Independent bookshop.
Normal shop opening hours with a large public carpark at the rear. Little flower-shop and cafe next door.

The Cook Book

This cafe is the place to head for when visiting St. Just in West Cornwall, in the Land’s End Peninsula. It’s clean, quiet, with friendly staff, and it has a good, substantial menu at attractive prices. Also a well presented second hand-bookstore. There is also a polite notice discouraging the use of mobile phones as well, so there is double the reason to go there.

Open 10 – 5 in Summer and 10 – 4 in Winter.
Parking outside in the street, or free car park within 3 minute walk. Bus service half hourly to Penzance, from the bus station in the car park. And in summer open-top bus along the stunning coast road to St.Ives and/or Land’s End. Plus lots of superb walks in the area – and the coast path as well!

JOHN SANDOE A genuine bibliophile’s bookshop.

A real find: a genuine old-fashioned bookshop deep in Chelsea, with over 25,000 titles stocked (on window ledges and stairs when there is no space for them elsewhere), and friendly staff chosen for their knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, books of varying types. It is open civilised hours (i.e. not at midnight but on Sunday.) If you want a particular book, they will scour the earth looking for it.

John Sandoe Books Ltd, 10 Blacklands Terrace, London SW3 2SR 020 7589 9473 www.johnsandoe.com

Waterstone’s Book Shop, Oban

This branch of Waterstone’s is blissfully music-free. The manager was told by the company to put music in and he refused.

On Oban’s main street, very near the railway station.

Waterstones Bookshop, Princes St, Edinburgh

A rare quiet spot in the West End of Princes St to browse and have a coffee.
There is no music here any more, neither anywhere in the bookshop nor in the cafe on the second floor, due to the efforts of the Edinburgh Pipedown group.

This is the westerly of the two Waterstones in Princes St
www.waterstones.co.uk

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Quiet place to sit. Lots of computers. Excellent home made soup and good coffee. Snacks.
The National Library is opposite Edinburgh’s Central Lending Library.

Internet cafe in the Foyer of the National Library in the centre of Edinburgh.
Monday-Friday: 08.30-20:00
Saturday: 09.00-17.00
Sunday: 14.00-17.00

www.nls.uk

Daunt Books

While Daunt’s originally concentrated on travel books, its branches now stock books on a huge range of subjects and their staff are most unusually helpful and informative. The atmosphere in all shops is almost dangerously agreeable – dangerous to the pocket, that is. The original branch in Marylebone High Street is ‘the most beautiful bookshop in London’, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Hours Monday ~ Saturday 9.00 ~ 19.30. Sunday 11.00 ~ 18.00. The Belsize Park branch is open an hour longer on Sunday. Check their web-site at www.dauntbooks.co.uk

Daunt Books

While Daunt’s originally concentrated on travel books, its branches now stock books on a huge range of subjects and their staff are most unusually helpful and informative. The atmosphere in all shops is almost dangerously agreeable – dangerous to the pocket, that is. The original branch in Marylebone High Street is ‘the most beautiful bookshop in London’, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Hours Monday ~ Saturday 9.00 ~ 19.30. Sunday 11.00 ~ 18.00. The Belsize Park branch is open an hour longer on Sunday. Check their web-site at www.dauntbooks.co.uk

Daunt Books

While Daunt’s originally concentrated on travel books, its branches now stock books on a huge range of subjects and their staff are most unusually helpful and informative. The atmosphere in all shops is almost dangerously agreeable – dangerous to the pocket, that is. The original branch in Marylebone High Street is ‘the most beautiful bookshop in London’, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Hours Monday ~ Saturday 9.00 ~ 19.30. Sunday 11.00 ~ 18.00. The Belsize Park branch is open an hour longer on Sunday. Check their web-site at www.dauntbooks.co.uk