Best bookstores in London

ch15's picture

I'm a french graphic designer and I'm going to London in one week. I'd like to know what are the best bookstores in town where I can find books on Typography, graphic design, essay ... even about contemporary art.

If you could give me the location as well it will be perfect.

Thank you in advance.

T Bones's picture

I suggest exploring Charing Cross Road. Lots of really good book shops including Zwemmers, Foyles and numerous second hand bookshops.


belleisle's picture

In addition to those already suggested...

Magma on the Clerkenwell Road and a smaller shop in Soho

Tate Modern bookshop is also good.

hn2o's picture

Koenig has a lot of stuff. It can be found either on Charing Cross Road or inside the serpentine gallery.

I also found the bookstore inside Tate Modern quite good.

dan_reynolds's picture

The best store for old (i.e., used and rare) typography and type books is without a doubt Collinge & Clark. You can find its address via google; it is a brief walk from Russell Square.

ch15's picture

Thank you for all your fast replies.
Actually I've already been at Magma which I found good but their books and magazines can all be easily find in Paris.
I was looking for "more specific UK" essays or books that you can hardly find in France. Therefore, I think I'll go to Colling & Clark, and other second-hand bookstores you told me about.

Celeste's picture

Waterstones on Piccadilly is fine as well — plus there are sofas and it's opened late

Paper's picture

They have e.g. i-D fashion magazine No. 1 - No. 10.
Very hidden inside a hidden art gallery. The google map link shows exactly where it is.

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