photo: 12hrs.net

photo: 12hrs.net

Artwords

20-22 Broadway Market
London E8 4QJ

and

69 Rivington Street
London EC2A 3AY

Loveable because of their wide range of art magazines.

The store on Broadway Market is lovely. It's small but they have so much! (Art, fashion, graphic design, etc.) Especially the magazine collection is stunning.


Stanfords

12-14 Long Acre
London WC2E 9LP

Loveable because they have every travel book you could think of. Trust me.

Their website says: "Today, Stanfords Covent Garden is considered the biggest travel bookshop in the world with the largest collection of maps, books, travel accessories and globes under one roof." This says it all.

photo: visitlondon.com

photo: visitlondon.com


Brick Lane Bookshop

166 Brick Lane
London E1 6RU

Loveable because of their collection of (East) London books.

Cute little independant bookshop on Brick Lane with a broad range of (East) London books. Read their history here.

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Magma

29 Shorts Gardens (Covent Garden)
London WC2H 9AP

and 117-119 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5BY

Loveable because they have everything a culture freak could want.

They have books, magazines, gadgets, design, jewelry, t-shirts, etc.  The people are also very friendly. Also, if you're looking for a nice and original birthday present, this might be the place to be.

photo: magma

photo: magma


Foyles

107 Charing Cross Road
London WC2H 0DT

Loveable because it's huge and so beautiful! I could spend a day here.

Their previous store on Charing Cross Road was pretty amazing, but the new one (opened June 2014) is just wow. Four miles of bookshelves on four floors. Alongside books, they also have  a wide range of gifts and stationery, magazines, dictionaries, printed music, classical music CDs, DVDs as well as a cafe and an auditorium. The building itself is already worth a visit.

photo: Time Out

photo: Time Out


Waterstone's

I am a book lover. Did you notice already?

Waterstone's is all over London, but I can recommend the one in Islington:

11 Islington Green
London N1 2XH

and the one near Piccadilly Circus :

203 - 206 Piccadilly
London W1J 9HD

Waterstone's Islington is located in the old Collins Music Hall on Islington Green. It's a rather small store (two floors), but very cosy. This is also the branch where James and Bob wrote their first book 'A street cat named Bob'. (If you don't know James and Bob, you should definitely read their story)
Open 7/7 until 8pm (except on Sundays, until 5.30pm)

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James and Bob at Waterstone's Islington (photo: Islington Gazette)

James and Bob at Waterstone's Islington (photo: Islington Gazette)

Waterstone's Piccadilly can compete with Foyles (six floors). The beautiful art deco building (a former department store) is really nice to hang out. The staff is very friendly as well!
Open 7/7 until 10pm (except on Sundays, until 6.30pm)

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Paperchase

213-215 Tottenham Court Road
London W1T 7PS
θ Goodge Street

Loveable because this is the place to be when you love stationery.

The stationery (and other gadgets) collection is so beautiful you can't leave the shop empty-handed. They have a wide range of cards as well. The flagship store on Tottenham Court Road is huge and on the first floor they also have a design and books corner and even a coffee bar. I can spend hours there...

Various locations all over London, even in St. Pancras.

photos: Paperchase

photos: Paperchase


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photo: kikki.K

photo: kikki.K

5-6 James St (Covent Garden)
London, WC2E 8BH

θ Covent Garden

Loveable because it's Scandinavian stationary.

This shop and all of the products are so nice, it's very hard to choose something. The minimalistic Scandinavian vibe is all over the place. 

(Now also in St. Pancras station!)

photo: pushpr.co.uk

photo: pushpr.co.uk