5 Can’t-miss Independent Bookstores in Camden

By Grace Ricks

1 . Primrose Hill Books

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What: A husband-and-wife owned bookstore nestled in a Victorian terrace by Primrose Hill. They have a range of new and second-hand books.

Why: They’re just a two minute walk from Primrose Hill. Enjoy a spring afternoon by purchasing a book and spending some time basking in the beauty of one of London’s best views and in the leafy pages of your latest adventure.

Where: 134 Regent’s Park Road, London NW1 8XL. A five minute walk from Chalk Farm station and a 10-15 minute walk from Camden Town.

2. Persephone Books

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What: a bookstore and publishing house almost entirely dedicated to publishing works by women from the twentieth century.

Why: You’ll find books here that you’ll be unlikely to find anywhere else. All the books they sell are reprints of non-traditional works mostly women of the twentieth century. Catch our review for more details.

Where: 59 Lamb’s Conduit Street, Holborn, London WC1N 3NB. Nearest tube stations are Russell Square, then Chancery Lane and Holborn.

3. Arthur Probsthain

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What: An Oriental and African bookshop, specializing in both fiction and non-fiction literature.

Why: Whether you’re searching for a unique read, a CD or a gift for a friend, you’re bound to find something different within these walls. You can even learn a new, offbeat language through their “teach yourself” audio guides.

Where: 41 Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3PE. About half way between Tottenham Court Road Station and Holborn Station.

4. Judd Books


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What: a second-hand bookshop for all your reading needs, academic and pleasure.

Why: They have a wide selection of books that you can get at heavily reduced prices. I even bought Oliver Twist for £3.50.

Where: 82 Marchmont Street, Saint Pancras, London WC1N 1AG. Nearest tube station is Russell Square, then King’s Cross

5. Foyles

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What: One of the biggest independent booksellers in London. Like four miles (6.5km) of shelves big.

Why: It is remarkable. With over 200,000 different titles, there is bound to be something for you in this bookstore. They were also named UK’s bookseller of the year in 2012 and 2013.

Where: 107 Charing Cross Rd, Soho, London WC2H 0DT. It’s right along the border of Camden and Westminster boroughs. Nearest tube station is Tottenham Court Road, Leicester Square and Covent Garden. If you can’t reach this one, try one of their four smaller locations.





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