14 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL
Can one have a favourite indy bookshop when they all have their different quirks and attractions? This one comes close by any standard. It’s spacious and yet the shelves are intriguingly stocked. There’s a wonderful in house coffee shop and an section at the front of the shop displaying racks of books accompanied by personal testimonies. It is a bookshop, but it feels as if one if wandering around a capacious, well-loved study with the coffee on and the morning nicely unplanned. It’s right, befittingly, in the heart of Bloomsbury where unplanned mornings were once somewhat de rigeur (as well as afternoons and evenings).
Walk through into the shop itself and it immediately appeals with its blatant love of books and writing. The testimonies of the staff’s readings are bound to lead you off in new, previously unconsidered directions over a cup of coffee and a custard slice. Just opposite the British museum, or round the corner from it, this is a beautiful shop that can’t be cheap to rent but although there must be a temptation to fill every single corner of a bookshop, this one uses its space really skilfully, with its position opposite an Italian restaurant and a Bloomsbury beauty parlour. The shop is the best in terms of the appeal to the casual visitor, with an unencumbering welcome that offers entertainment and the promise of hours of intrigued reading.
Address: 14 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL
Phone number: 020 7269 9030
Weekday opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10am – 6.30pm Sunday 12pm – 6pm
Nearest tube station: Holborn, Tottenham Court Road
Buses: 1, 7, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 98, 242