To celebrate Independent Bookshop Week, Book Break visited some of the most beautiful independent bookshops in London. Independent Bookshop Week is part of a campaign to promote and celebrate independent bookshops all across the UK and Ireland.

Independent bookshops are a vital part of a healthy high street, and can do wonders for local communities. They’re also a wonderful space for book lovers to hang out, chat to experienced booksellers about their next great read, and even sometimes meet the authors!

In this episode of our YouTube show Book Break we’ve been celebrating Independent Bookshop Week, by visiting some of our favourite indies and talking to them about why independent bookshops are so important. Here are some of the best responses, and then watch the video below for a full tour of these gorgeous London bookshops!

‘Independent bookshops actually are in touch with their local communities, understand those communities, tailor [their] stock to those communities.’ - Vivian Archer, Newham Books

‘Independent bookshops are keeping conversations about books alive with people that live in local areas, and talking about things that matter to them.’ - Eleanor Lowenthal, Pages of Hackney

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