6 Broadway, Broadway Market, Shoreditch, E8 4QJ
Broadway Bookshop is a fabulous little bookshop in Broadway Market, London Fields, between Haggerston and Shoreditch, specialising in literary fiction alongside a variety of non-fiction – mainly art, philosophy and politics – and it also has an impressive children’s selection. We spoke to Tom and Ilona who were both keen to establish connections with independent publishers and welcomed us with open arms, genuinely keen to receive a catalogue of our titles. They were making inroads into connecting with the local community with local events and a welcoming atmosphere. They were clearly both avid readers and more than ready to offer suggestions for subject areas that the casual reader might be interested in, offering many idiosyncratic titles and subjects.
Nothing seemed too much trouble, and the visit proved a lot more rewarding than a simple wander round a website. The shop was a cornucopia of modern fiction and offbeat new material, with the staff going out of their way to find titles the locals are looking for. The window display and layout of the shop is a reason in itself to visit – it is a serious challenge not to be drawn in for a long look around, so allow time for your stop over. Visitors were often people returning to collect books they had ordered and were returning to collect. We were only at the shop for twenty minutes but there must have been fifteen visitors in that time, all buying something. A tiny bookshop but with a well used space, it’s next to Regents Canal with the Market Café alongside and a couple of comfy looking local pubs in a pedestrianised zone, so all round definitely worth a trip out to.
Address: 6 Broadway, Broadway Market, Shoreditch, E8 4QJ
Tube: Bethnal Green (central line), Haggerston (Overground)
Phone: 020 7241 1626
Buses: 26, 48, 55
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