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What's the best bookshop in London
And second question:
For radical stuff I go to Housemans in Caledonian Road, and Freedom in Whitechapel.
For second hand books it's got to be the stalls under Waterloo Bridge. Quintos in Charing Cross Road is good for non-fiction stuff, and there's a few second hand shops in Greenwich and Blackheath I pop into now and then.
9wonderlanded Primeira Mensagem
I am recently returned from Toronto and miss the Toronto Women's Bookstore like crazy... I can't go into Foyles because the sad state of Silver Moon makes me all queasy (although Jaffa Cake cake at Ray's Cafe is pretty awesome).
I love Daunt Books (all of 'em, there are four now), but refuse to enter the other chains except to turn friends' books face out ;) Doesn't everyone do that?
I live very close to Prospero's Books, which is a new bookstore that's qonderfully similar to Black Books, although slightly less surreal. They had three copies of Lust for Life a new book on Kathy Acker which endeared them to me, and they write their sales down on pieces of paper sellotaped to the desk... An other, older world.
Joseph's Bookstore in Temple Fortune is really good as well, and has a lovely cafe.
Recently discovered: bookartbookshop, which is a zine and handmades store/gallery in Hoxton/Old Street. Gorgeous, you will lose hours of your life in there.
What about good libraries in London? I have wangled my way into a British Library card but it's so full of undergrads on cellphones... Any recommendations?
11paperhoard Primeira Mensagem
b)New- I usually end up in Prospero's in Crouch End as it's right near where I work.
And second question:
Best library? Haven't been able to find a terrific one, but the Hornsey Library is pretty goo.
As to libraries, I know the undergrads at the BL are a nuisance, but I still reckon it's the best place for sustained work. The seats are so comfortable, and when you are working there for years on end that really matters!
They recently opened up a new bookstore on the New Oxford Street / Bloomsbury Street.
The staff at the Oxfam in West Ealing used to know me on sight, and let me rummage through the unsorted books a couple of times.
I live in Greenwich, we've got lots of second hand bookshops (over-priced, though) and too many £2 book outlets. The Oxfam shop in Blackheath Village is my favourite haunt for a classy bargain. The stalls on the South Bank are good, too.
As for libraries, I really like studying in small, local libraries. Peckham library is a must for the incredible Will Alsop architecture and Manor House library in Lee, South London, is really quiet and comfortingly homely.
My favourite library is Lincoln's Inn Library, it is not public but was great and I have amazing memories of hours spend in the library. It is also great library for legal research.
Also, the "London Review Of Books" bookshop in Bloomsbury is a great new non-corporate shop, with very knowledgeable staff.
I also must admit to enjoying Waterstone's Picadilly, just for sheer size, and the ability to loose 3 hours out of Saturday without even noticing...
Ottakars branches are my favourites but I'm not happy they've been taken over. The Bromley branch is really nice, well laid out, nice selection of books, comfy chairs - what more could you ask?
Watkins and Treadwells for those of us with specialised occult interests.
Secondhand I don't often buy, so haven't got a fav.
Libraries - well I work in one, so mine! :-) London Library was most impressive, you could get seriously lost in that place...mmm, library of my dreams.
26PrinceofThieves Primeira Mensagem
I don't think it's possible to select a favourite book store in London as there are so many. I have shopped at numerous branches of the major bookstores and have shopped at smaller stores in and around London. I often find second hand bookstores all around London, even close to home.
If I want a new title it's usually Amazon or a visit to Bookbrain but I will often go into charity stores as will the girlfriend and it's amazing what you can find there.
a) There a great charity one in Putney (not a large shp, but the books 'move' quickly and they get reviewers' copies in), and the one at the end of Kings Road in Chelsea (tucked in behind the builders' suppliers)
b) Mm, not sure, not found any good ones near where I live (Putney).
It's to launch Jane Wenham-Jones new book Wannabe A Writer? Other authors coming include Katie Fforde, Adele Parks, Lynne Barrett-Lee and Judy Astley
For those in north London, I've been reading the blog of a couple of guys who last weekend opened a new bookshop in Wood Green. It's at http://www.woodgreenbookshop.blogspot.com . They worked at the branch of Ottakar's there that closed when Waterstone's bought the chain. I haven't had a chance to check it out myself yet, but their enthusiasm is infectious.
The stalls on the Southbank are good for secondhand books. I work at St Thomas' hospital so it is good to go and have a look around in my lunch hour. The perfect stress buster.
My favourite 'new' shops would have to be Daunt on Marylebone High Street, John Sandoe off the Kings Road and the London Review Bookshop. The first two have all the character and romance you could look for in a bookshop, and the LRB has a great selection of books. All are great places to make discoveries.
For 'secondhand' stores, Oxfam on Marylebone High Street and the Gloucester Road bookshop have both been the sources of some great aquisitions. I also like Judd Books in Bloomsbury for remainers in particular. The books can be pricey, but Cecil Court is a great place to browse too!
According to Play.com the release date is September 26, 2008
HMV.co.uk says the release date is September 12, 2008
Gamestop.com has the release date as being February 1, 2009.
So I guess until it officially comes out whenever that may be I will have to be content with playing my copies of The Getaway and The Getaway: Black Monday. Now with this news it gives me a reason to try to go out and find the PS3 version that has all the updated bells and whistles over the original PS3 version. I know I can't hardly wait until they release this third game in The Getaway series. Is anyone else out there a fan of the first two PS2 Getaway games?
Talking of bendy buses, I'm off to exercise my democratic right and vote in the mayoral elections. Although I voted for Ken in the last two, I don't think I'm going to be able to decide if I'm going to put a cross against his name for the third time until I'm in the polling station.
The bit about pigeons with bits missing is so true.
I voted for Sian Berry and, as the Greens requested, gave Ken my second vote. Brian Paddick came within a whisker of getting a vote - I saw him speak last month and found him refreshingly down to earth.
I gave Brian Paddick my second vote, I saw him in a debate recently where Boris and Ken were both making each other look ridiculous and Paddick seemed refreshingly sensible. Sian Berry would have been my next choice.
I am Truly Sorry that my statements were taken out of context. The Getaway video games are excellent video games. The people who made up these Getaway video games did a remarkable job in trying to make London look as realistic as possible. Again I am Very Sorry for offending anyone. I am a lifelong Anglophile and would neer intentionally say anything bad about a Country that has given so much to World.
It's Great Culture, the English language, Great Politicians and Athletes, Comedies and Television Shows. I Truly Love London and England and one day hope to live and work over there.
I'm no fan of video games, but it sounds like you're really into this one and it is giving you a flavour of what London is like. If you like the game that much, you should come and visit us and discover the Mob don't lurk on every corner. Well, not north of the river anyway ;).
We Londoners do, I'm afraid, have a reputation as a bit of a surly bunch, content to hide behind our newspapers rather than engage in conversation with one another, but we're nice once you get to know us.
StringerTowers, I know Labour had a rough time in the rest of the country, but I think (hope) the London campaign will be different because it's mostly been about the characters involved, whereas the rest of the country has basically been giving Gordon a kicking because the price of everything is going up. The London electorate is, IMO, different to the rest of the UK, much more liberal (with a small "l"). I'm not sure Ken would ever have got himself elected anywhere else.
I did a small amount of campaigning for Ken in the 2000 election when he stood as an independent, and I do have a lot of time for him. However, it is my observation that politicians everywhere struggle in their third term (as New Labour are demonstrating at a national level at the moment) and some of Ken's recent pronouncements have smacked of the arrogance that comes from having been in power for a long period.
Grammath, I must say that I agree totally, especially with the last sentence in the paragraph. My experiences with Londoners and other British citizens have always been pleasant. But then, again, I am an anglophile!
Bookshops in london???
Hmm...Tried to find Foyles book shop, I couldn't. I really wanted to go in there. :( Where abouts in London is it?
Used to Live in London but not now..and I love London. But i do go down there frequently.
Helene Hanff and also a 1987 movie version with Anne Bancroft, Judi Dench and Anthony Hopkins in it who were the main Stars of the movie. I know that I do own a copy of the book somewhere at home. Which I have always wanted to read before and now maybe I will. Right now it would take me some time if I tried to hunt for the book. The way things usually work for me is that I can never find anything that I am looking for when I am looking for it at the time. I usually find things whenever I am not looking for it and I am usually trying to find something else at the time. And I think I have also seen bits and pieces of the movie but it hasn't been on tv in years. I may have to try to buy myself a copy of the movie.
I am back in London again in March 2009, so I'll ask if I can go.
(Although I do not live in London, I actually do come from London and lived there for the first few years of my life).
Some years back when I was last in Brixton I found a second-hand bookshop called Bookmongers, on Coldharbour Lane, which is also very good.
It's been a while since I've visited Charing Cross Road as I've been on maternity leave for over half of the last 3 years and don't spend as much time shopping for books after work as I used to now I have two little ones to go home for. But I'm sad that most of my favourite haunts have closed - Silver Moon, Crime in Store, Murder One is now gone or going. Years ago I used to love Colletts and Compendium. I know it's changed and I've been to events there and am on their mailing list, but I remember people used to boycott Foyles because of their treatment of staff at the time. I like the secondhand shop Any Amount of Books near Leicester Square tube.
Libraries - I have cards for Haringey where I live, Camden where I work and Islington where I used to work/my partner still does. I also had a card for Westminster Libraries - they have a branch on Charing Cross Road but my favourite branch used to be Marylebone near Baker Street tube. Again, kids have curtailed my time for visiting the library, though I do have lots of books out on mine and my partner's library cards. Islington does free online reservations, but Camden's 44p charge is well worth the convenience for me too.
I also second the old opinions about Oxfam in Crouch End. I know there's a huge debate about whether Oxfam bookshops are good or bad, but this one always has lots of interesting books, and the staff are friendly, too.
Oh, and the Hornsey library is also good - they actually have a lot of stuff in the "Reserve" in the basement - old things that hardly anyone ever asks for, I think.
I also don't live that far from Crouch End. I didn't know Haringey's reserve stock is in the basement there. Do you get staff to get things out for you? I've been waiting months for Haringey libraries to process a request for reserve stock to my local branch.
Any Amount of Books is great, with a deceptively small storefront that only holds a tiny fraction of what they have. I often stop in there before seeing a show in the West End, and usually find some bargains.
I also live only a few miles from The Big Green Bookshop. The two guys that run it are refugees from the old Ottakar's on the High Road and they are lovely blokes, as evidenced by their blog. They have a Facebook group to that's well worth joining not least to get publicity about their author events. I've been to see Will Self and Mark Billingham speak there in the last couple of years.
Skoob is quite a cornucopia, but I agree on the pricey side for second hand books. In general, they just seem to be getting more expensive, not only in Oxfam, but the booksale outside the National Film Theatre (BFI Southbank, wossat?) sells plenty of stuff at £4+.
Hope you appreciate your good fortune (or is it cunning and planning?)
Daunt Books in Marylebone
Prospero's in Crouch End
Antonym, formerly of Dartmouth Park but now sadly defunct
Primrose Hill Books
The Gower Street Waterstone's
The British Library Bookshop
Hatchard's in Picadilly
Books for Cooks & The Travel Bookshop, Notting Hill
Perhaps it's nostalgia for my days at the U of L, but I adore the British Library and covet my Reader's Card in a fetishistic way. Alas it expires this year and I've concocted no scheme to wangle a new one...
Do you have to be a student or just have something in mind?
votes for book shop Broadway Market Books on Broadway Market, London Fields East London gorgeous independent bookshop with monthly events
"Anyone can apply for a Reader Pass to use our Reading Rooms, but due to pressure on our services we cannot guarantee admission. A Reader Pass is issued subject to your need to see specific items in our collections. Other libraries or sources may be more appropriate to your research and staff will advise you accordingly."
In addition, you need to be 18 (unless you get special permission) and have two forms of ID that show proof of your identity and your current address. I've used my passport and my US driver's license.
their books or journals and they only allow you to request up to 10 an hour. You had to fill out one item for every request and then they're brought up to you by a dumb waiter and handed over to you at that time. I had actually went to NLM on a couple of different occasions back in the 90s when I had to help someone else copy articles for our own Library Patrons. And I actually watched this process in action. It was interesting to see the material you had requested be brought up to you by a dumb waiter. At the time you also had to pay 10 cents a page to copy your articles too. I haven't been back there since. I don't know if they charge people more than 10 cents a oage to copy their articles today. I would imagine their rates have gone up since then because prices for everything else has risen since that time period.
Sadly since I last looked at this thread, Prosperos in Crouch End has closed down. Big Green Bookshop is still open.
the library in Borough is impressively set out and labelled up like it's run by an obsessive compulsive.
Victoria library has a good set of new releases and mercifully doesn't use Clip Art to promote them.
Battersea will be good when it's refurbished.
Peckham is clean and feels like a million dollars.