Shoreditch is a vibrant area of London filled with plenty to delight literature fans. Whether you’re seeking the latest new releases, vintage classics or something a little more specific, these top locations will help satisfy your reading bug.
Brick Lane Books
166 Brick Lane, London. E1 6RU
As a thriving hub of literary activity as well as an extensive collection of books of all types, this conveniently titled bookshop provides plenty of great add-ons for literary Londoners and visitors alike, including some of the best book clubs in the city. They also have a great service for providing you with feedback on your own writing, so aspiring novelists staying at the M By Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City will find nowhere better to develop their own writing style in a supportive environment.
69 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3AY
Established in 2001, the Artwords bookshop contains some of the publishing world’s finest art and culture books, as well as a great selection of artistically-oriented magazines to browse through or buy at your leisure. The interior is as quaint and arty as you might expect, making this a truly atmospheric book-related shopping excursion, perfect for a browse during your stay at hotels near Silicon roundabout. There’s much to enjoy here whether you’re an artist or simply an art lover, so be sure to pop in when seeking books in Shoreditch.
Paper & Cup
18 Calvert Avenue, Shoreditch, London. E2 7JP
This bookstore specialises in a heady combination of books, coffee and sweet treats to make browsing for your next literary find a relaxed and enjoyable affair. As a non-profit enterprise, the books are infinitely affordable and bookworms will have a field day rummaging here and getting hold of some fantastic finds, before returning to the M By Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City to catch up with some reading.
84b Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX
This independent bookseller got its start back in 1886, and has been a quality purveyor of all kinds of weird and wonderful books ever since. Described as ‘the world’s oldest anarchist bookshop’, this is well worth a trip during your stay in the city, perfect for perusing the world of alternative thought and the sheer variety of authors on the topic, within positively historic surroundings. The bookshop aims to help change the way visitors think, and with the array of unusual finds it would make a great browsing location while visiting London.
65, Hanbury Street, London. E1 5JP
This Shoreditch bookshop has much to be recommended for, from the great array of books personally recommended by staff and management, to the cosy surroundings, complete with comfy nooks in which to beach up and read your latest find. There’s a delightfully welcoming atmosphere sure to delight book lovers visiting the city, and the warm décor helps to make this a more than worthy book shop to add to the list. A relatively new addition to the London book store scene, the shop only opened in 2016, but is already attracting a much-deserved following.