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9 of the Best Bookshops in the UK

06 Sep 2017

To celebrate Read a Book Day 2017 (6th September), here are some of our favourite bookshop from around the UK...

Daunt Books

dauntsource: Time Out

Daunt Books in London was founded in 1990 but the firststore in Marylebone has original Edwardian features dating back to 1910! Daunt Books now has six shops across London, with both fiction and non-fiction books arranged by country.

St Ives Bookseller

st ives bookseller

source: St Ives Bookseller

St Ives Bookseller in Cornwall is one of the UK’s leading independent bookshops with over 5,000 titles on their shelves! The small but well-stocked shop has a large selection of books for children, and won Independent Bookseller of the Year,South West region in 2012.

Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights

mr bs emporium book shop

source: Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights

Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath is so much more than a bookshop – it hosts regular events, author signings, and even has a resident band! Opened in 2006 by a pair of former lawyers, the shop is housed over three floors and is particularly proud of its knowledgeable staff, who are guaranteed to find you a read you’ll love! Bath too far of a trek? You can order books from them online, too. 

Booka Bookshop

booka bookshop

source: Booka Bookshop

Award-winning Booka Bookshop won Bookshop of the Year in 2015, thanks to its community focus and boutique feel. Based in Oswestry, Shropshire, the bookshop has a café, with a great selection of hot drinks and cakes, and also hosts a range of events with authors. They have an online shop, too, and offer free delivery within 10 miles!

Sam Read

sam read bookshop

source: Den of Geek

The weather in the Lake District may not always be the best, but you’ll find solace from a soggy day in Sam Read, come rain or shine! This little literary oasis has traded as a bookshop since 1887 and, despite its size, has a great selection of books. A perfect stop on your trip to the Lakes!

Edinburgh Bookshop

the edinburgh bookshopsource: Edinburgh Bookshop

Describing itself as “if Radio 4 was a bookshop, it would be us”, the Edinburgh Bookshop focuses on “unusual, intelligent and topical selections”. With a huge selection of books spanning 4 floors, Edinburgh Books is happy to help you source any weird and wonderful books you might be struggling to hunt down. It won Scottish Independent Bookshop of the Year in both 2014 and 2015.

The Book Case

the book case

source: For Book's Sake 

The Book Case is located in beautiful Hebden Bridge, surrounded by stunning West Yorkshire countryside. The Book Case has been part of the local community for nearly 30 years, and when it was flooded in 2016,dozens of authors donated signed copied of their books to keep it going. It has a great selection of second hand books, and regularly hosts book readings and poetry events.

Octavia’s Bookshop

octavias bookshop

source: Octavia's Bookshop 

You can’t miss the deep purple exterior of Octavia’s Bookshop which has been serving the people of Cirencester, Gloucestershire since 2011. The bookshop focuses in particular on children’s books, and won the Best Children’s Independent Bookshop in the 2013 Independent Booksellers Industry awards!

Octavia’s hosts lots of events, including reading groups and children’s parties and has an increasing number of books for adults, too.

Big Comfy Bookshop

comfy bookshop

source: Coventry Telegraph

The Big Comfy Bookshop started life thanks to a Kickstarter campaign in 2014, and recently had a huge revamp, including the addition of a food menu. A bookshop by day, the shop transforms into a gig and event venue in the evening, serving local ales and celebrating everything from live music to poetry in the evening.  The Big Comfy Bookshop really does have something for everyone!


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