London is a city with a rich literary history, so it’s understandable that many aspiring writers are naturally drawn to England’s capital. If you’re staying in Shoreditch, then you’re within easy reach of many great literary hotspots where you can seek inspiration, and immerse yourself in a world of fantastic books. Here’s our complete guide to some of the best areas to browse, read and discover new works which might just spark the creation of your own literary hit…
84 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX
With roots which go all the way back to 1886, this is one of London’s best – and most historic – independent book shops. Known for its anarchic feel, Freedom Press champions a decidedly unconventional form of publishing, and everything about the venue screams this message loud and clear! If you want to check out a book shop which aims to make you stop and think, then this is the ideal place to start while you stay at the M by Montcalm Hotel.
Paper & Cup
18 Calvert Av., Shoreditch, London E2 7JP
This popular Shoreditch book shop is a haven for true fans of literature, and whilst well-known to locals, often goes largely unnoticed by travellers. There’s plenty on offer here sure to make your next trip to the M by Montcalm Hotel extra special, with books at affordable price points and a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere as soon as you arrive. You’ll also find plenty of books here which you might miss out on at a chain book store. In addition, the venue is a non-profit enterprise, meaning you can support a great cause whilst indulging your inner bookworm.
Brick Lane Books
166 Brick Lane, London E1 6RU
The title of the book shop should give away its great (and nearby) location, but Brick Lane Books has been inspiring literary minds for many years. Its home not only to a wealth of fantastic books and highly knowledgeable staff, but a range of incredible book clubs where you can discover new works, as well as a service for getting feedback on your writing. Whether you’re a serious aspiring novelist or simply keen to test new creative ideas, this is a fab way to make use of your time at the Montcalm Shoreditch.
65 Hanbury St., London E1 5JP
A wonderful Shoreditch shop with a massive selection of books for you to browse, Libreria takes a new approach to the book store, with recommendations from the staff helping to provide a comforting and personal approach to book selling. It’s a decidedly welcoming place with cosy spaces to read your book and relax. Whilst it’s one of London’s newest book shops, Libreria is already making a big impression on both locals and visitors alike, with a well-earned reputation for excellence. If you plan on penning the next big bestseller, you can’t go wrong with a visit here.