Gay's The Word


Gay's The Word was the first bookshop in Great Britain to be totally devoted to gay literature, and sells books on subjects including political, historical, philosophical and sexual perspectives on homosexuality.

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66 Marchmont Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 1AB

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Gay's The Word

66 Marchmont Street
+44 (0)20 7278 7654
Public transport:
Russell Square, Underground


5 out of 5 based on 11 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Gay's The Word

5.0 out of 5 4 April 2014
by Kenneth H.

One of London's gems. Great curation of books, very knowledgable and lovely staff, and a pillar in the community overall. Skip Amazon and head to Gays the Word.more

5.0 out of 5 14 March 2014
by Sean D.

Great shop where you make wonderful discoveries. Very knowledgable and helpful staff. If you are interested in queer writing there is no better store.more

5.0 out of 5 19 October 2010
by Sarah O.

I love books. None of this online, kindle malarky for me. I love the smell of new books, the feel of being the first one to open their pages and devouring them in one sitting. I love Gay's the Word, and it's so nice to see a gay-centred bookstore in London, managing to keep Amazon and Borders at bay.

Their collection on gay politics, both of the US and Britain, made my heart sing; had I not...more

4.0 out of 5 29 December 2008
by Victoria W.

I went here when studying queer theory at uni and was completely charmed by the place. It's tucked away on a really cute little road near Russell Square and inside, it's the type of place you feel happy and welcomed to browse in.

The man behind the counter was really friendly and helpful, and we ended up chatting for a good while about the essay I was researching for.

I went in looking for...more

5.0 out of 5 15 November 2008
by rory f.

I come to Gay's the word for all my gay magazine needs.

Not my pornographic needs, this is a proper bookstore. Wink.

Anyway, this store has a great selection of Gay themed books and magazines. It's a really nice place to have a browse around and pick up a copy free copy of Boyz. I also saw this book I want about Femme Lesbians. It's been advertised around.

The staff is really helpful here...more