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I'm traveling to London in a couple of weeks and was wondering if anyone could recommend any good used books stores? Thank you :)
Not quite used, but cheap, is the Lamb Bookshop on Lambs Conduit Street in Holborn. All their books are half the RRP, and they have plenty of recent stuff, though not new releases.
If you like poetry, there is a tiny shop hidden away in the area between Russell Square and King's Cross, called the Marchmont Bookshop (map here, it's a short walk from the British Museum). Also in that area is Skoob (in the Brunswick Centre near the rear of the Waitrose - off Marchmont Street), which is also excellent and more general. Directly across from the British Museum is Quinto, which I believe is still running a 50% off all stock sale. (There are several other good shops in that part of town, but that have more academic or esoteric specialties; I can certainly list a few if you're interested.)
Further out, right around the corner from the Hampstead Tube station is Keith Fawkes (1-3 Flask Walk, NW3 1HJ), which is, in my opinion, worth a special trip - all the shelves are packed and there are books stacked on the floor in front of them up to about two or three feet, and prices are very reasonable. A happy afternoon's browsing, easily.
If you're in Camden Town, duck into the area by the lock (across the street from the Lock Market) for Black Gull Books; if near Edgeware Road or Marylebone, go to Archive Books & Music (somewhat haphazard but not without gems) and Stephen Foster (paperback literature for a pound or two, among other things).
Moving away from the lesser-knowns, there is the entire area of Charing Cross Road (which includes my place of work, too). It's worth it to start at Tottenham Court Road/Oxford/New Oxford Street and walk down to Trafalgar Square, a stretch of about half a mile in which there are somewhere upwards of a dozen bookshops, many selling secondhand or remaindered books.
Reviving this thread again, I am going to be in London in June, and would like suggestions of bookshops that are particularly good for history.
Thanks for your help!
It is difficult to keep up with closures - London commercial rents make second-hand bookshops a dying breed, I fear. One newish venture worth a look (not particularly for history) is the Slightly Foxed shop in Gloucester Road, near the tube station. Handy if you are visiting the museums in Exhibition Row.
If you go to the former from King's Cross, you will pass the bargain bookshops mentioned in #16.
Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue and the main branch of Waterstones off Piccadilly Circus come to mind. Secondhand bookshops may have some nice paperbacks from the 60s onwards. The selection of SF books in Foyles is pretty small.
Goin there you will pass Gay's the Word bookshop too, with a good selection of new and second-hand gay related publications.