Heywood Hill

Founded more than 70 years ago, this is one of London’s smallest bookshops and one of the most elegant and individual in the world. It is also one of the most delightfully old-fashioned, with receipts written out by hand.
Old and new books jostle for space but, if you cannot find what you are looking for, one of the hugely urbane staff will order it. Not a place to go if you are looking for ‘three-for-the-price of two’ best-sellers or for memoirs purportedly written by footballers or superchefs, but a quiet reserve for true bibliophiles. Open traditional hours – no 24/7 mania here.

London’s most individual bookshop

London Review Bookshop

Just down a street opposite the British Museum, the London Review Bookshop is a gem.

Just down a street opposite the British Museum, the London Review Bookshop is a gem. Well stocked, particularly considering its apparently small size, and with a knowledgeable and friendly staff. Associated with the London Review of Books, the shop specializes in literature, the arts, politics, history etc. It has a particularly wide range of evening and weekend events such as readings by authors, as well as discount evenings and customer socials. All the details are on their site at www.lrbshop.co.uk.

A further major attraction is the excellent London Review Cake Shop which is, however, not open on Sundays.

The web-site has details of evening events as well as reviews of books.

Normal opening hours:

  • Monday to Saturday: 10am – 6.30pm
  • Sunday: 12am – 6pm