Britain’s finest independent bookstores
For all of us bookworms out there, there’s nothing better than finding a great bookstore to get lost in. As part of this month’s focus on the future of bookshops, we have taken the time to research some of the best bookshops in towns and cities around the UK.
Starting off in the heart of London, our first bookshop is Hatchards, which has been around since 1797 and has served a variety of customers including the Queen! The bookshop has 6 floors and hosts many events, you can even find special edition and signed books here.
St Ives Bookseller
Based in Cornwall, this bookshop prides itself on having a huge variety of titles, including signed books. This bookshop is a favourite especially due to location, surrounded by beautiful views it’s the perfect place to get lost in an immersing title.
The Society Club
If you happen to be in Belfast searching for somewhere that’s part bar and part bookstore, this is the place for you! The Society Club boasts an extensive range of books for you to immerse yourself in whilst sipping a cocktail from the bar. This bookstore even has a gallery onsite, so you can take a wander round the inspirational artwork whilst there.
Voltaire & Rousseau
Our next favourite bookstore is located in the north of the UK, in Glasgow, Scotland. This shop is definitely right when it describes itself as Glasgow’s most unique bookstore, with books crammed from floor to ceiling of many different genres. The store also has an impressive collection of rare books.
Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights
This remarkable shop can be found in Bath, it was listed as the Independent Book Shop of the Year in 2008 and 2011. This shop prides itself on its ‘Bibliotherapy room’ where owners will sit down with you to help find a book tailored to your preferences over a cup of coffee. This bookshop is definitely a one of a kind!
Located in the county of Shropshire, this bookshop is famous in the area for its delicious coffee and cakes and its ‘Book and a Beer Book Club’. The bookstore is host to an amazing variety of English and Welsh books.
Daniel Crouch Rare Books
This treasure in London specialises in rare books (as the name suggests) and also has an extensive collection of antique maps, atlases, and much more.
This shop located in Edinburgh was voted Scottish Independent Bookshop of the Year and UK Children’s Bookshop of the Year, due to its amazing collection of books, the popular events, and
Daunt Books London
Daunt Books a chain of bookstores in six locations over London, with regular events and great gift ideas, the stores are also known for their exclusive bags. Founder, James Daunt, is now the Managing Director of Waterstones.
Number 10 on our list has to be Octavia’s bookstore. Located in Gloucestershire, the décor of this store is captivating, and it’s no wonder the store won Bookseller’s Best Independent Children’s Bookstore in 2013!