London is a great city for comic book fans, with plenty of places to indulge in your love of comic characters both old and new. Here’s our quick guide to the best stores to head for during your visit.
A Covent Garden mainstay, Forbidden Planet features an entire basement filled with comic book titles spanning decades and many varying genres, alongside graphic novels and an extensive range of memorabilia, toys and clothing. As a comic book fan, you could easily spend a few hours browsing and considering your latest new purchase – and it’s ideally situated for a visit during your stay at the M by Montcalm. To add to the appeal, the venue also regularly hosts author talks and special events, making it a hotspot for fans of everything from adventure to sci-fi.
Located in the heart of Soho, this bookshop provides a haven for fans of comic books and comic book culture. There’s knowledgeable staff on hand to advise on the best titles to read, and a regular roster of events and workshops ideal for a visit while you stay at the M by Montcalm.
It’s not technically a store – and whilst it might not seem like an immediate choice for comic-book shoppers, it’s worth visiting Brick Lane Market in search of older and rarer comic book titles. This eclectic London market has some truly amazing finds, and covers a wide area perfect for rummaging! London itself is filled with markets, each with their own unique flair – but the creativity of Brick Lane could lead you to find something truly extraordinary.
Mega City Comics
Before you head back to your hotel and relax with some Beauty & Melody Spa treatments, pay a visit to Mega City Comics, which has been part of Camden culture for over 35 years. The shop sells a wide range of comic books and graphic novels alongside a range of memorabilia and other great finds. In addition, there’s regular celebrity events and book signings, which draw visitors from all over the country and further afield. As a comic book aficionado, this is a fantastic place to feel like a part of the action. The venue has also won significant acclaim within the local shopping community, regarded as a Camden ‘super trader’ and well-regarded amongst comic fans.
Book & Comic Exchange
Notting Hill’s Book & Comic Exchange is a fantastic blend of traditional comics interspersed with bold new finds. The store is a true comic book lovers paradise, offering the chance to swap your own comic books in exchange for cash or vouchers useable in future purchases. There’s so much to see here, and a lot of joy to be found from rummaging through the stacks of vintage finds in search of rarer titles. Some are even available at astonishingly discount prices, with promotions including bags of ‘surprise’ comics from top publishers.