Camden Lock Books


Camden Lock Books est.1984 is an iconic independent bookshop in Old Street Station. You'll find photographic books as well as books about green and ethical issues, recycled and eco-friendly cards and gift wrap. There's also a changing selection of new and second hand books including some old and rare copies.

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Camden Lock Books

Old Street Station
+44 (0)20 7253 0666
Public transport:
Old Street, Underground
Book a taxi on +44 (0)844 556 0706 or with London's biggest car service app
Yelp Reviews


4 out of 5 based on 8 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Camden Lock Books

5.0 out of 5 31 August 2014
by Denise Y.

I popped into this tiny bookstore one day, fully expecting to be ripped off by absurd prices (i.e. Waterstones). What I found instead, was a lovingly-curated selection of new and gently used books, most of which were reduced by 50% or more of their listing prices. I bought three books for less than £10 and some cute postcards to decorate my new flat. The only drawback is that it's way too easy...more

5.0 out of 5 20 October 2012
by Nadine P.

I was rushing through Old Street station from the office to get to King's Cross and just happened to see this gem of a shop that i'd never noticed before. Perhap's I'd been walking around with my eyes closed.

Now I love technology. Kindle, iProducts etc etc and I can't remember the last time I went into a real bookshop. This is the kind of place that makes you regret your decision ever to...more

5.0 out of 5 10 October 2012
by Natalie W.

I'd actually walked past this little bookshop a few times before clocking it. I then did a massive double take at the knock down prices in the window - £2.99 for great books such as Peter Carey's Oscar and Lucinda! I love bookshops but generally try to avoid them at all costs because I love new books (so smooth! so crisp!) so much I always end up spending way too much money and accumulating...more

4.0 out of 5 10 November 2011
by Linzi M.

Amazon is great, it is. But when I need a book, sometimes I need it right now and can't be waiting around! Plus I have an obsession with reading the first page and holding the book in my hands. I love bookshops and I hope they never fade away. Camden Lock Books is the perfect bookshop for me, tiny and stacked high with treasures and authors waiting for me to discover them.

So when I needed a...more

4.0 out of 5 13 December 2008
by Cari S.

I am all for more shops like Camden Lock Books popping up in tube stations. In fact, I really don't think that tube stations are properly represented for shops. What about the people who don't want to walk up the steps to the outside - they want to make all their purchases within the station?

Thankfully, there are not many of those underground dwellers about, and I am certainly not one of...more

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