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Best Independent Bookstores to Get Lost In



Daunt Books

For twenty years Daunt Books has been known as one of London’s leading travel and literary bookshops.  The Marylebone High Street branch is housed in a former Edwardian bookshop with long oak galleries, graceful skylights and William Morris prints.  It is alleged to be the first custom build bookshop in the world.


Daunt Books, 83-84 Marylebone High Street

Forbidden Planet

Forbidden Planet is the world’s largest and best-known science fiction, fantasy and cult entertainment retailer and the largest UK stockist of the latest comics and graphic novels. They specialize in selling action figures, books, comics, DVDs, graphic novels and toys and offer all the best merchandise from the cult cream of movies and television.


Forbidden Planet, 179 Shaftesbury Ave.

Lutyens & Rubinstein

Founded in 2009 by established literary agents, the Lutyens & Rubinstein Bookshop sells fiction and general non-fiction with special sections for children’s books, poetry and art books. The core stock was put together by canvassing hundreds of readers – writers, publishing contacts, friends (both adults and children) about which books they would most like to find in a bookshop.  Every book stocked has its place because somebody loves it and has recommended it.


Lutyens & Rubinstein, 21 Kensington Park Rd, London, W11 2EU

Clerkenwell Tales

One of London’s newest independents, opened in 2009, Clerkenwell Tales is a small general bookshop with around 5,000 carefully chosen titles. he shop has a reputation for stocking beautifully designed editions, as well as for its events and book launches. This is David Nicholls’s favourite London bookshop and Ali Smith, Jake Arnott and Peter Carey are all regulars.


Clerkenwell Tales, 30 Exmouth Market

The Cinema Store


The Cinema Store, Unit 4b, Orion House, Upper St Martin’s Lane

In the shadows of West End theaters and near the film post-production studios in Soho, this bookshop sells titles on all aspects of cinema, stocking technical film production books and industry journals. The shop has a strong leaning towards horror, science fiction and fantasy books, with an emphasis on franchises such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, Bond and Doctor Who.


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