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16 Charming Bookshops In The UK Everyone Must Visit

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Scarthin Books is truly a hidden treasure. Not only do they have approximately 9,000 children's books in their children's book room, there's also a café behind a "secret" bookshelf. Not convinced? Read this lovingly written review.


This Bath bookshop is insanely charming, but its real appeal lies upstairs. You can book for a "bibliotherapy" appointment at their Reading Spa. During the appointment, you sit with a cup of tea and nice slice of cake, while the ~bibliotherapist~ will then "gather and introduce you to a tower of books specially selected to suit your reading tastes". Delightful.

You could easily lose a weekend while nosing about the dreamy Armchair Books. Delve into stacks and stacks of inviting tomes at this Edinburgh institution. If you're still on the fence, Armchair Books are also great value on Twitter. Plus their logo is a dinosaur reading! (See above right).

4. Any Amount of Books, London

This second-hand bookshop is a treasure trove not too far from Leicester Square. If you want to make your money go further, the bargain basement is stocked with titles for only £1 each. Perfect!


Young's describes itself as "a wee shop, with the emphasis on quality rather than quantity". And they're not wrong. They've got a really wide range, and are especially good for quirkier finds – think vintage sci-fi, philosophy, and antiquarian books.

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Put simply, Barter Books is a book-lover's dream: 1. It's based in an old train station; 2. A model railway runs around the inside of the shop; 3. It has so many squishy sofas, just for reading. What more could you want?


Picture this. It's chilly outside (snowing, maybe?) but you're cosy in Leakey's cavernous bookshop, rifling through your faves, picking some to take home. "How could things get any better?", you think. You then discover that Leakey's has a wood-burning fire, and a café. Amazing.

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Daunt is almost synonymous with London indie bookshops, and for good reason. They have six locations, a beautiful interior at the Marylebone branch, and plenty of author events. They've also got a pretty Instagram account for their second-hand finds.

This West Norwood neighbourhood bookseller sells, well, books and records. It describes itself as "a shop selling second-hand records and books, good coffee" and offers the chance to play your own records. They're particularly good for stealth finds, showcasing a recent first-edition Nabokov.

This utterly adorable floating bookshop has a great selection of reads – and even has its own book too. (The Bookshop That Floated Away; buy it here). If things couldn't get any cuter, they also have a barge bunny! (Above left).


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