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    18 Independent Bookstores Every Book Junkie Must Visit

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    1. Pages of Hackney, Hackney


    Rustic and inviting, Pages of Hackney is the perfect getaway, and its varied selection of contemporary and classic fiction, children's books, second-hand books, and tomes on politics, environment, art, cookery, and more will keep you busy for years.

    2. Keith Fawkes, Hampstead

    Don't ever leave London before you've visited Keith Fawkes, and not just because it looks like a IRL Flourish and Blotts, though that's a pretty big part of it. The atmospheric shop has a truly impressive stock of second-hand books looking for new homes.

    3. Nomad Books, Fulham

    4. Libreria, Shoreditch

    This brand-new concept shop is a book junkie's dream. The quirky design is inspired by Borge's Library of Babel, and the store enforces a no-technology policy, so you can really escape between the covers on display.

    5. The Calder Bookshop, Southwark

    6. Marchpane, Covent Garden

    London's Cecil Court is a well-known book and curious item hotspot, but no shop along the little alley is as wonderful as Marchpane, a specialty bookshop for collectable children's illustrated books. Offering beautifully illustrated editions of beloved children's classics, from Alice in Wonderland to the Winnie-the-Pooh and Harry Potter stories, a visit to Marchpane promises nostalgia and a touch of magic.

    7. Gosh!, Soho

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    For London's most impressive comics selection, head to the heart of the city for browse around Gosh! Spacious and well-stocked, it's the perfect place to kill a lunch hour, and even better for its constant stream of signings and events.

    8. Persephone Books, Bloomsbury

    9. Lutyens & Rubinstein, Notting Hill

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    This west London bookshop oozes charm. It's the kind of place you'll enter and wish you lived inside. Impeccable designs and a brilliant selections make it a must visit for any book lover. Writers will be interested to know Lutyens & Rubinstein also runs a literary agency.

    10. Gay's the Word, Bloomsbury

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    London's most beloved provider of LGBT literature is an unmissable spot in Bloomsbury. Running since 1979, Gay's the Word is both a historical and cult favourite, and hosts regular events to boot.

    11. The Society Club, Soho & Shoreditch

    12. Housmans Bookshop, King's Cross

    13. Enitharmon Press, Bloomsbury

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    If you're feeling scholarly, head to Enitharmon, just around the corner from the British Library. The impressive shop focuses its stock on poetry, letters, and literary criticism, and is a fantastic spot for browsing.

    14. Samuel French Theatre Bookshop, Fitzrovia

    15. Tenderbooks, Covent Garden

    16. Primrose Hill Books, Primrose Hill

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    This family-owned and -run bookshop is as lovely as they come, and if its cosy vibe doesn't win you over, its eclectic and impressive collection will. To be honest, there's no better way to spend a Saturday than by picking up a new book from the shop to read over the view of London from Primrose Hill.

    17. Donlon Bookshop, Hackney

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    Tucked into sprawl of Broadway Market, this stylish bookshop offers a varied collection covering art, music, theory, erotica, and more. The handpicked stock offers an ever-changing selection, so treat yourself and keep going back; you never know what you'll find.

    18. The Broadway Bookshop, Hackney

    This lovely east London bookshop specialises in literary fiction but has plenty of other kinds of titles to fill it out. It's an ideal spot to pop into on a rainy day in Broadway Market – the organised chaos will make book lovers feel perfectly at home.

    Did we miss your favourite? Tell us where to get our book on in London in the comments below!

    And for more London bookshops, check out:

    * 14 Beautiful Independent Bookshops In London

    * The London Bookshop Map

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