London is a book lover's heaven. From specialist bookshops and book markets to second-hand and academic bookshops, as well as all the high street chains, London has every bookshop you could possibly need. The capital is even home to Europe's largest: Waterstone's Piccadilly.
Looking for all the latest bestsellers? Head to the larger high street bookshops for a great selection and discounts on current and popular titles. If you're seeking unique books, scour the second-hand bookshops or book markets for rewarding finds at pleasant prices! For a full list of London's bookshops, click here.
Here's our pick of the top bookshops in London.
Bernard J Shapero Rare BooksIn the heart of Mayfair, Bernard J Shapero Rare Books is one of London's leading antiquarian bookshops, specialising in travel, natural history, English literature and continental books. Whether you're looking for rare editions, antique maps or vintage photographs, you'll find it here. The store also does valuations if you have books to sell.
Blackwell'sLooking for an academic book? Make a beeline for Blackwell's on Charing Cross Road. A leading academic bookshop, it stocks all academic disciplines as well as a selection of general interest titles. Whether you're looking to get an understanding of quantum physics or learn about the French subjunctive, this is the shop for you.
Daunt BooksDaunt Books is an Edwardian bookshop on Marylebone High Street that is nothing short of glorious, with long oak galleries and soaring windows. Books are arranged by country, rather than alphabetically, so guides, maps, non-fiction and fiction all sit alongside one another, for a unique browsing experience.
FoylesFoyles is one of London's most famous bookshops, and has five floors crammed with every kind of book imaginable. The store has been on Charing Cross Road since 1906 and still stocks the UK's largest range of books. Shoppers can also relax in the cafe, listen to music in Ray's Jazz Café or visit the art gallery.
HatchardsNo bibliophile's trip to London is complete without visiting Hatchards on Piccadilly, London's oldest bookshop. Established in 1797 on the same premises it occupies today, Hatchards stocks a large range of fiction and non-fiction publications, as well as signed and special editions. There's also a dedicated section on religious books.
Clear your conscience with a trip to the Oxfam Bookshop. As Europe's biggest high street retailer of second-hand books, not only does it stock a wider selection of books than most shops, but it also helps you do your bit for charity. Browse through modern fiction and leisure interest as well as specialist literature.
Edward Stanford established Stanford's in 1853. The flagship Covent Garden store is still a must-visit for lovers of travel books; it stocks the world's largest selection of maps and travel books under one roof. Famous customers include Scott of the Antarctic, Florence Nightingale and Ranulph Fiennes: you'll be in good company shopping here!