400 Kingsland Road, E8 4AA, London
Burley Fisher books in Kingsland Road is just past Dalston heading towards Shoreditch and you won’t be surprised to hear that it is one of the coolest independent bookshops we’ve seen on our travels. It’s got a bit of everything in it. There’s a little coffee shop in the back and it has a downstairs exhibition space with a list of pages and theses writers have created to put out connected ideas – the first word on the page links to the last word on the previous one – it’s not unlike the recent Christian Marclay exhibition at the Tate – ‘The Clock.’ Antony is one of the people running the bookshop, though they have two full time guys working there and a collection of other people, too. It was welcoming and friendly – certainly 100% less threatening than some of the other ones we’ve been to (not on this site!) who really have a slightly closed view about books, so we really felt positive about this one. They advertised many events at the shop, with many different writers in attendance including authors like Ben Okri. It was delightful to see a bookshop like that one that covered every area of social, political and general cutting edge fiction. If you love books and reading as well as a place that generates tons of ideas, you aren’t leaving this one for at least an hour after arriving!
Address: 400 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AA
Phone number: 020 7249 2263
Twitter: @BurleyFisher; @brokensleep
Nearest tube station: Haggerston, Dalston Junction (overground)
Buses: 149, 242 (Middleton Road stop)
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