The big bookshop crawl 2016!

17 June 2016

By The Window Seat

Independent Bookshop Week starts this Saturday and we're off on a crawl of our local independent bookshops in celebration. 

Support your local bookshops by taking part in your own bookshop crawl on 25th June, you can find your nearest participating independent bookshops on this handy map

Your mission, should you choose to accept it . . . 
  1. 1.            Take a selfie outside an independent bookshop
  3. 2.            Share a photo of your favourite favourite book
  5. 3.            Pick up a book that you wouldn’t usually
  7. 4.            Ask a bookseller for a recommendation
  9. 5.            Find a book about books/bookshops
  11. 6.            Snap a photo of your ultimate summer read
  13. 7.            Share a photo of the book you’re gifting your dad for Father’s Day
  15. 8.            Vote for your IBW Book Award #bestofthebest  (ask a bookseller for a voting card)
  17. 9.            Locate a book with an orange cover
  19. 10.          Snap a photo of your #bookshopcrawl haul

Tweet photographic evidence of any of the challenges above between 18th – 25th June, including #bookshopcrawl, to be in with a chance of winning a £50 Book Token to spend at your local bookshop. Full details here.

Here's the bookshops we'll be stopping off at on our North London bookshop crawl. 


This independent bookseller on Exmouth Market specialises in children's books, origami and other art and crafts. 

The London Review Bookshop

Who can resist the combination of books and cake? Certainly not us. This lovely shop, opened in 2003 by the London Review of Books, is the perfect place for people who love browsing, discussing and reading books. 

Primrose Hill Bookshop

A family run bookshop which sells both second-hand and new books just a stone's throw from from Primrose Hill. 
Gay’s The Word

May be familiar to anyone who saw the film Pride, this pioneering lesbian and gay bookshop in the heart of Bloomsbury has been in business since 1979. 
Goldsboro Books

Hidden behind the hustle and bustle of Leicester Square, Goldsboro Books is a paradise for book lovers. Specialising in signed first editions, they have a mouth-watering range of beautiful range of signed, collectable and exclusive books. Keep an eye out for their loveable dog Mia too!


Book-lovers can lose whole days in the enormous Charing Cross branch of Foyles. The new flagship store houses a range of over 200,000 different titles on four miles (6.5km) of shelves. 

Housman’s Bookshop

London's oldest radical bookshop, which opened in 1945 is a not-for-profit specialising in political books, pamphlets and magazines. 

Visit to discover more bookish fun taking place over Independent Bookshop Week (18th to 25th June 2016).

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