Secondhand and Antiquarian Bookshops in the UK and Republic of Ireland

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Any Amount of Books /CHARING CROSS/56 Charing Cross Road  
Any Amount of Books   Open at advertised times
56 Charing Cross Road    CHARING CROSS  WC2H 0QA
tel:  020 7836 3697  e-mail   web  
Open: 7 days 10.30 - 9.30
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Rare books, first editions, modern literature, art, poetry, scholarly/academic books, antiquarian, leather bound sets, general stock. We buy large collections of books anywhere in the known world.

Excellent shop, with very friendly staff, always worth a close look. Bargains possible.  James Salmon 21.08.09
Always worth a visit and prices reasonable (for London). The really good stuff, however, is on the net and not held in the shop.  Loyola 24.04.10
Two floors of varied topics. The locked up cases of antiquarian titles contained a few rarities and took a bit of time to check. Basement stock general but worth searching.  Chris Harte 28.06.10
Nothing like as good as it was, most of the gems to be found downstairs seem a thing of the past, but one can still find the occasional bargain.  Mandalay Emporium 09.04.11
Great to find a secondhand shop open late. Good stock and fair prices. WAD.  Steven Whitehead 13.09.11
This place always seems to be our most successful book shopping on Charing Cross Road - we usually leave with around a dozen books on each visit and the variety and quantity are excellent. Prices mostly very good too and even some very interesting items to be found in their bargain shelves/boxes outside and downstairs - lots to rummage through, but we often find a few worth buying.  M&O 14.04.12
Worth having a look. More for reader than collector. Very chaotic, but friendly. Large Antiquarian stock and some worthy firsts behind chatty till, but not proper dealers - more like an episode of Friends with books involved.  Sam Glen 28.05.13
I love this place, chaotic and fascinating as well as crammed with review and proof copies, I have saved a fortune, even compared with Amazon prices over the years. I always manage to knock a few off the wish list on every visit.  Jon Morgan 31.05.14
NB worth following this place on Twitter (Yes, even I have succumbed and now have an account) as they give notice of basement sales where all books are half marked price for a limited period. Once again I knocked a couple of the wish list. The stock is replenished daily during this period and it is fair to say the shelves get stripped.  Jon Morgan 07.10.14
A swift volte face as I received a message by twitter that the sale continues (it does) and that the basement had been restocked. (it has not!). Rather disappointing as I had travelled into town to browse.  Jon Morgan 09.10.14
Disappointment continues, Lured by tweets of a restocked basement I trolleyed into town and found it stocked with unsellable dross. large gaps on the shelves. The review copies, usually a good source of bargains had dwindled to nothing.  Jon Morgan 01.11.14
Impressive service. Identified book in stock on Monday and following prompt replies by email I purchased the book on Thursday when I was in London. Have been looking for this book for some time and a reasonable price was paid.  SteveBrissle 07.03.15
Again lured by a tweet on a basement sale. More choice in terms of the review copies and the reduced price recent hardbacks yielded some gems, saved me some dosh and crossed a few of the Amazon wish list. The majority in the basement though is still dross.  Jon Morgan 06.06.15
Despite the disappointing basement noted above, the rather cramped ground floor has strong sections on art, architecture, travel and topography; check the window display for attractive oddities. Turnover is swift, the stock refreshed by recent review copies, and prices are pleasingly modest for the West End. I found a hefty monograph by the American photographer Todd Webb - rarely seen in the UK - for a knock-down price of £12. Cheerful staff, too.  Nicholas Sack 15.01.16
Another year another basement sale. Except that the basement is half empty. Even the review / proof copies are poor. Lots of boxes of books which need putting out. Perhaps this could be done BEFORE they tweet that it has been done!  Jon Morgan 15.01.16
Listed as one of the best used book shops in the country recently in some online article - bizarre choice by a lazy writer or friend of the owner, I guess. Poorly laid out - upstairs, it gets crowded easily. Downstairs ... well I've only once found anything worth buying and with 4 or 5 people down there (as today) its impossible to do anything other than queue behind people to wait and look at a shelf. Plenty of cheap "4 for 5 quid" stuff there and outside but nothing that looked worth buying.  Flip M 07.04.16
Flip M's comments seem undeservedly harsh. This is an excellent, traditional bookshop. Sometimes it is crowded but this is a good thing. AAoB's outstanding features are its reasonable prices and the high turnover of stock. I have visited it weekly for many years and come away with scores of bargains in my time.  Laurence Purcell 18.04.16
Now restocked with some good quality review copies of recent hb fiction and proof copies in the basement . My negative reviews of basement sales in terms of both quality and restocking as advertised have touched a nerve as they have blocked me on Twitter. Rather puerile really - if they can't take valid criticism ...  Jon Morgan 27.09.16
Great shop, love the basement sales especially after the restock. Have also found some seriously reasonable rarities upstairs and round the back. Probably the best old books shop in town.  Benj B 02.03.17
Luck of the draw here again. large gaps in shelves upstairs and in the basement, with the latter in need of a good clear out again. When your luck is in , this place is a treasure house of new review copies at low prices , proof copies and interesting basement stock. When it is not, it is frustrating...  Jon Morgan 20.11.17
For such a high profile shop the stock rarely seems to change, or maybe they simply rotate books from downstairs to upstairs and vice versa. Certainly not the shop it once was.  Mandalay Bookshop 15.12.19
Mandalay (above) is rather harsh. There is a case of new acquisitions near the counter, and the turnover in arts and topography on the ground floor is quite healthy. Recently I found a superb American photographer's monograph before the official UK publication date - possibly a review copy - at a generous discount.  Nicholas Sack 22.12.19
I have commented in the past on this shop and the new owner Jill has really spruced it up over the last year or so. It remains my 'go-to' secondhand book shop in central London but its shelves, in common with many other central bookshops are looking sparse. I know books fly off the shelves here but it does appear that central London secondhand shops (Notting Hill, Oxfam etc) are having problems with stock with may shelves empty and books face-on to fill space... Could be the time of year, except that I have noticed it for some time now. Possibly that internet sellers are cornering the market? Still worth a visit as there is good turnover and at least some new stock comes in. It does not seem to have affected Skoob, where despite the always interesting prices, the shelves are full, even if there is little apparent change in stock from visit to visit.  Jon Morgan 06.02.20
The stock is much like it has always been but the shelves have a few gaps now. No more boxes of new stock lying in the basement as there used to be.  Adrian 01.07.21
I haven't observed any falling off in the quality or quantity of stock in this shop which I still regard as perhaps the best in central London. There's good turnover, the prices are low and there are bargains to be had.  Laurence Purcell 09.09.21
I have started to lengthen the gaps between my visits to this shop as there are continuing gaps in shelves and little evidence of stock rotation. It is a pity, as, at its best, this is / was a goldmine.  Firedrake 30.09.21
I've no wish to start a silly running battle here but I would urge readers to visit this excellent shop and make up their own minds. There has been a substantial arrival of new stock in the last couple of weeks (as there is regularly) and when I was in the shop last weekend there were no empty shelves. There were however some boxes of new stock on the floor if that is what you like.  Laurence Purcell 14.10.21

Arthur Probsthain/BLOOMSBURY/41 Great Russell Street
Arthur Probsthain  Open at advertised times
41 Great Russell Street   BLOOMSBURY   WC1B 3PE
tel: 020 7636 1096  e-mail 
Open:  Monday - Friday 9.30 - 5.30 Saturday 12.00 - 4.00.
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We stock a selection of great classics and also new books which have just been published. Each country or subject is separated which makes it an enjoyable browse. At our main branch we focus on art, (painting, architecture, ceramics, etc) music, film, religion, languages, literature and culture from China, Japan, South-east Asia, The Middle East, Africa, India and South Asia.

Everything as it says in the above blurb. Nothing for the ordinary collector but heaps for those with bottomless pockets.  Chris Harte 19.06.13
Now shares space with a tearoom. Presumably this reduces the amount of stock on display.  Adrian 01.07.21

Atlantis Bookshop /BLOOMSBURY/49a Museum Street  
Atlantis Bookshop   Open at advertised times
49a Museum Street    BLOOMSBURY  WC1A 1LY
tel:  020 7405 2120  e-mail   web  
Open:  Monday - Saturday 11.00 - 6.00.
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Occult, mind, body & spirit.

A good fast moving stock of all western esoteric and occult traditions. The ladies who run it are both knowledgable and well-connected. Just go in and eavesdrop! (Buy stuff as well.)  Putney 17.09.13

Bernard Quaritch Ltd /HOLBORN/36 Bedford Row  
Bernard Quaritch Ltd   Open at advertised times
36 Bedford Row    HOLBORN  WC1R 4JH
tel:  020 7297 4888  e-mail   web   
Open: Monday - Friday 09.00 - 6.00
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Founded in 1847, we deal in rare books, manuscripts and photographs. Our specialist fields include English literature, travel, science, travel, human science, art, architecture and Islamica.

Bookmarks  /BLOOMSBURY/1 Bloomsbury Street  
Bookmarks    Open at advertised times
1 Bloomsbury Street    BLOOMSBURY  WC1B 3QE
tel:  020 7637 1848  e-mail   web  
Open:  Monday - Saturday 11.00 - 4.00.
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Our range of books covers politics, economics, trade unionism, labour history, the environment, black struggle, women, culture, fiction, radical kid's books and much more. New and secondhand.

I have walked past for years and occasionally browsed the £1.00 baskets outside but never been in. Today I bought something and found a fair few shelves of secondhand stock inside. Much was left wing / radical / political / historical stuff, but also general stock, not huge, but interesting nevertheless.  Jon Morgan 15.05.17
A surprisingly interesting shop. A very varied selection of books both new and secondhand. I saw titles I knew nothing about regarding culture, poverty, trade unions and biographies of left-thinking people. This is not a shop for Tory voters.  Chris Harte 03.06.17
They seem to have recovered from their vile attack / assault by the UKIP / Tory / Hooray Henry / Brownshirts and the second hand section is still good for a browse for those interested in British Social History.  Jonathan Morgan 15.09.18

Bryars and Bryars/CHARING CROSS/7 Cecil Court
Bryars and Bryars  Open at advertised times
7 Cecil Court   CHARING CROSS   WC2N 4EZ
tel: 020 7836 1910  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday-Saturday 11.00 - 6.00.
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Rare and antiquarian books, maps and prints. Specialising in early printing, classical texts and translations, atlases and books with maps, early maps of all regions, illustrated travels, and antique topographical and natural history prints.

Collinge and Clark/BLOOMSBURY/13 Leigh Street
Collinge and Clark  Open at advertised times
13 Leigh Street   BLOOMSBURY   WC1H 9EW
tel: 020 7387 7105  web 
Open:  Monday - Friday 11.00 - 6.30.
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Private press, typography, British history.

I work nearby and regularly pop along to browse the boxes outside the shop. Never browsed inside, but the boxes outside are an eclectic mix, have bought some real gems. Some of this stock is heavily reduced (having previously been on the shelves inside) and more often than not I pick up a book or two.  M&O 14.04.12

Goldsboro Books/CHARING CROSS/23-27 Cecil Court
Goldsboro Books  Open at advertised times
23-27 Cecil Court   CHARING CROSS   WC2N 4EZ
tel: 020 7497 9230  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 6.00.
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Goldsboro Books are the UK's leading specialist in first edition, signed books in all areas of fiction.

Great window display but closed due to a "private engagement" on the Saturday I tried to visit. Yes, I know I should have phoned first but to close to the public on a Saturday seems strange to me.  Steven 16.04.13

Henry Pordes Books Ltd /CHARING CROSS/72 Charing Cross Road  
Henry Pordes Books Ltd   Open at advertised times
72 Charing Cross Road    CHARING CROSS  WC2H 0BB
tel:  020 7836 9031  e-mail   web
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 7.00.
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The arts, cinema, music and theatre.

Not the best prices - remaindered books can usually be found cheaper elsewhere.  George Marshall 06.02.09
Wide selection but anything uncommon is priced accordingly.  Loyola 24.04.10
General stock in the shop, but for the first time in forty years I was allowed into the back rooms. What treasures: any decent collector would want to see what was on those shelves. Also good to note was that the pricing was very fair on these special items.  Chris Harte 28.06.10
Nicely laid out and ordered stock, impressive Cinema and Music collection. Pricing is London but overall worth a good browse.  Norman Davies 16.03.11
The owners are always to be spotted at the Royal National monthly book fair purchasing stock and marking it up heavily. I can't recall the last time I discovered anything half decent here - or, at least, anything that couldn't be purchased much cheaper elsewhere.  Mandalay Emporium 09.04.11
Handsome stock - solicitous and friendly and took an interest in discussing what I was after. Gave me a free bag as the recycled 99p shop bag containing £200 worth of books from another shop was about to split.  Sam Glen 28.05.13
Particularly strong on secondhand and remaindered art and photography titles. Prices are fair, with the occasional bargain: photographer William Gedney's out-of-print monograph at £15 was a steal. The small transport section in the back room is worth a squint, especially since the closure of Motor Books.  Nicholas Sack 01.08.15
Not a comment on the secondhand stock but rather on the remaindered items in the adjacent front section - good selection of quality titles (particularly transport). Many at half the price of the titles still adorning Foyles' shelves across the road.  Anon 10.08.15
Don't usually find much in here but there were some gems in the basement fiction area. Many remainders here and generally the modern fiction stock is not huge. It is however of good quality.  Jon Morgan 15.01.16
Certainly not one of the capital's most competitive s/h bookshops. But the stock is uniformly good. Worth a look for those not constrained by budget.  The Bookman 16.07.16
Remaindered and secondhand arts stock here always entices. A slightly bumped and heavily discounted large-format collection of photos by William Eggleston was an absolute steal at only a tenner.  Nicholas Sack 26.07.16
After my visit to the good art exhibition nearby, did go up there. Bought a very nice item for £15.00.  Chris K 20.04.18
No great reason to revise my view of 2016, except than one senses that the prices are rising somewhat, Maybe buy here with the credit card of an indulgent relative.  The Bookman 06.05.19
Second visit after 5 or more years. The military selection in the back room pales into comparison to what it was back then. I recall coming out with several bag loads of recently published remaindered copies, now not a single purchase made as nothing but rubbish. I gave it a second chance by trying the rare and antiquarian sections by the till but drew my 2nd blank there. Definitely needs to up their stock quality.  Laurence Batchelor 27.06.19
Henry Pordes have closed their old premises long at 58-60 Charing Cross Road. As of May 2020 they have moved into Quinto's old premises. However, the ground floor stock is still recognisably Quinto's, and the basement which used to hold cheaper stock is currently closed, though expected to reopen. There's no trace of Pordes' old shop's stock, or of Pordes' old staff.  TBG2 26.06.21
There are now bookcases of modern firsts, art, photography and fashion, which look like the best of the non-remainder stock from Pordes' old shop, possibly with more good quality books. The basement is still closed.  Adrian 01.07.21
There's been a policy change since the move (or perhaps since the new owners took over) and there's now a more up-market approach with (alas) much higher prices. I don't know that I regret the closure of the basement. It was a happy hunting ground of mine for many years but there was frequently a shocking smell of drains down there!   Laurence Purcell 09.09.21

Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers/BLOOMSBURY/46 Great Russell Street
Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers  Open at advertised times
46 Great Russell Street   BLOOMSBURY   WC1B 3PA
tel: 020 7631 4220  web 
Open:  Monday - Friday 10.30 - 5.30.
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Dickens first editions, the Romantics & theatre.

Atmospheric surroundings. Large varied stock of predominantly 19th century titles.  Loyola 24.04.10
The owners are charming and the lovely bookshop has wooden bookshelves all round with some interesting antiquarian stock which is not overpriced. Unfortunately they keep their best stuff upstairs and don't let people view it (not really the same having it brought down). Not to be missed in Central London.  Anthony Davis 27.07.10
A decent antiquarian bookshop with varied classifications. However, I love their section called "Bizarre Titles" which is one of the most amusing things I have seen in any shop for a long while. Most pleasant and helpful people.  Chris Harte 17.06.14

Judd Books/BLOOMSBURY/82 Marchmont Street
Judd Books  Open at advertised times
82 Marchmont Street   BLOOMSBURY   WC1N 1AG
tel: 020 7387 5333  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 11.00 - 7.00, Sunday 12.00 - 6.00.
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We have a very large stock of used, remaindered and academic books especially in architecture, history and philosophy.

By far the best remaindered bookshop in London with a large academic stock and consistently the best prices. The architecture and design section is particularly impressive. It justifies a major detour.  George Marshall 06.02.09
Interesting and extensive stock of mainly remaindered titles, which have been carefully selected. Recommended.  Loyola 24.04.10
Remainders everywhere. Only second-hand books were tat in boxes outside the shop.  Chris Harte 28.06.10
Excellent mix of old and new , with emphasis on academic, serious, politics, philosophy, literature, with very good bargains to be found among the cheap remainders. Reliable, long-established shop.  conormg 27.01.11
Chris Harte is right that there are lots of remainders and that the boxes outside are generally not worthwhile - but there are also plenty of other secondhand books he has missed (the whole wall of bookcases to the left as you enter the shop). I visit regularly, excellent for the remainders (both non-fiction and some good fiction) and find some good stuff in the secondhand section from time to time, though the majority is relatively modern and general.  M&O 14.04.12
I like this place for both the remainders and the second hand, Yes the stuff outside is tat, but it always is. M& O is right about the secondhand and remaindered fiction and I rarely leave without a few books in my bag. Good for proximity to Skoob in the Brunswick Centre.  Jon morgan 26.03.13
One of the best shops in London for remaindered books on art and architecture, many at massive discounts. Among the secondhand stock I found a hefty and handsome Yale-published survey of the photographs and paintings of Ben Shahn. Twenty quid was very fair. Highly recommended, and close to Skoob, also well worth a shufty.  Nicholas Sack 01.08.15
Excellent non fiction remainders, strong on history and politics. Some secondhand too.  Norman Davies 29.08.15
Some secondhand, but principally remainders. Certainly the best remainder shop in central London. The sources are various, but quite a lot of the stuff comes from the U.S.A. - with a mark-up, of course, above the N.American asking prices. So it may be worth your while to check, and, indeed, the check British remainder websites too. But always a very interesting selection, and there is some remaindered stock not obviously available elsewhere.  The Bookman 16.07.16
Returned on the 13th of April. A while since I was back at this place. Could not find any art books I needed. The shop not as well up-to-date: the floor needs some small rubbish removed and many books should look better sorted.  Chris K 21.04.17
Not a huge shift in stock from the last couple of visits. Still a nice place to browse and there is the occasional find. I love the way that you can leave your bag(s) with the cashier in exchange for a numbered clothes peg. Other shops take note. Not just for anti-theft purposes, but to ensure that no-one takes your bag and there really isn't room for a hist of rucksack wearing browsers. Always worth popping in when at Skoob.  Jonathan Morgan 15.09.18
Return visits to this edifying mixture of literature and non-fiction, remaindered and secondhand, always bear fruit. Found a handsome volume of photos of San Francisco shot by Arthur Tress in 1964 and published in 2012 - hadn't seen that anywhere before. There is an extensive section on London, with some unusual titles. Fair prices and charming staff.  Nicholas Sack 13.08.19
As already mentioned, probably the best remaindered bookshop in the land. Good to see they are still honouring their loyalty card scheme, so my purchase of £23 last week was reduced to £13. A shop I always find hard to leave without four or five books in my haul, which is probably why they continue to thrive, and many secondhand shops fade away.   Mark the Bookseller 07.08.21
The balance between remaindered and secondhand, which can be annihilating in some shops, is very well managed here. Be sure to visit the basement (the entrance is not immediately apparent): there's some terrific stock down there, particularly in history and politics.  Laurence Purcell 09.09.21

Maggs Bros Ltd/BLOOMSBURY/48 Bedford Square
Maggs Bros Ltd  Open at advertised times
48 Bedford Square   BLOOMSBURY   WC1B 3DR
tel: 020 7493 7160  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Friday 9.30 - 5.00.
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Situated in a Georgian townhouse on the south side of Bedford Square, our new premises will feature three showrooms across two floors, exhibiting books and manuscripts from our nine diverse areas of expertise. Customers are invited to browse at both premises but please be aware that appointments are recommended if you wish to view any specific items or meet with any individual member of staff.

Loved the stock,the premises and the helpful and knowledgeable staff. Very good Irish section and some scarce modern firsts. The kind of place where you do not resent paying a 25% premium above internet prices for the reassurance of seeing the condition of an expensive item before you purchase.  Loyola 24.04.10

Marchpane/CHARING CROSS/16 Cecil Court
Marchpane  Open at advertised times
16 Cecil Court   CHARING CROSS   WC2N 4HE
tel: 020 7836 8661  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.30 - 6.00.
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Children's and illustrated books. ABA & PBFA member.

Great shop to visit with interesting and varied children's stock but prices are quite high for the average browser.  Sam 05.09.12
We were in the shop today (26/10/13) as customers when a lady came in asking if they wanted to buy an old Rupert annual. The man behind the counter was so dismissive and rude to her that I walked out.  C. Baxter 01.11.13

Marlborough Rare Books Ltd/THE CITY/1 Clement_s Lane
Marlborough Rare Books Ltd  Open at advertised times
1 Clement's Lane   THE CITY   EC4N 7HB
tel: 020 7493 6993  web 
Open:  Monday - Friday 9.30 - 5.30.
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Antiquarian, English literature, illustrated and bindings.

Oxfam Bookshop/BLOOMSBURY/12 Bloomsbury Street
Oxfam Bookshop  Open at advertised times
12 Bloomsbury Street   BLOOMSBURY   WC1B 3QA
tel: 020 7637 4610  web 
Open:  7 days 10.00 - 6.00.
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In the premises of the much missed Unsworths, this has a large stock, though prices seem to be higher than usual for Oxfam bookshops.  George Marshall 06.02.09
I just could not get over what was hiding away on the shelves. Not only was there a run of rare bound volumes of literature but the glass cases had some wonderful items. This in a charity shop !!  Chris Harte 28.06.10
A very broad range of stock and one of Oxfam's flagship branches, but you'll be lucky to unearth a bargain.  Mandalay Emporium 09.04.11
Prices continue to rise at the same time as the quality of the stock goes down.  Mandalay Emporium 29.09.12
Occasional gems but not cheap. The fiction is limited and actually quite difficult to see given its position. I frequently buy a couple of books but the whole point of charity bookshops is taking a chance on unknown authors titles and at these prices it is simply too expensive. Better books in Strutton Ground and Marylebone High street shops.  Jon Morgan 26.03.13
Hectic on the day I visited, so much so that there was no one to help me look at a book from the window display. Eclectic stock. Readers books priced to sell but anything vaguely collectable priced at the top end.  Steven 10.08.13
Definitely my last visit to this awful place. Not only do they never open on time, their prices are outrageous - it's a wonder they ever sell anything.  Mandalay Emporium 10.10.13
Came away empty handed today as their stock is getting ridiculously expensive and is cheaper at Any Amount of Books in CX Road a short walk away.  Jon Morgan 07.10.14
After a BM exhibition visit on Friday PM, I tried out this shop. The books, apart from those in a glass case, not too expensive but couldn't find anything to purchase. If I'm near by again, will probably re-visit.  Chris K 08.08.15
The modern fiction section has diminished to about half what it was. Expansion of video / audio / vinyl. lots of folio society stuff which like most things in this shop was overpriced. The pricing here seems to reflect the tourist trade from the British Museum. However only a short walk to Skoob and Judd Books.  Jon Morgan 23.10.15
This place is a curate's egg; Jon Morgan, above, is spot-on with his comment about the influence of tourists visiting the nearby British Museum. The art and architecture stocks are surprisingly pedestrian, enlivened only by the occasional oddity; the photography section consistently lacks quality. However, I used a wheeled step stool to browse a high shelf of transport books and found an attractive album of old canal photos for a paltry three quid.  Nicholas Sack 05.02.16
Good, wide ranging stock in this upmarket Oxfam branch. Pricing quite hit-and-miss. It's the kind of place you might just snap up a bargain, but equally pay over the odds for a common title.  Steven Kelly 09.05.16
Must have been my lucky day but I had the place to myself. Interesting stock and while I found no bargains neither did I find any prices that made me wince. If it was always this quiet I would say WAD but then I don't suppose it will stay open if I am the only customer.  Steven 16.02.17
I spent about half an hour in this shop and for the whole time the assistant was on the office phone gossiping to her mates. That made me wonder if the high prices for very ordinary books was to bring in extra cash to pay the telephone bill. Since my last review seven years ago the quality of the titles has dropped dramatically. I found better books in the general Oxfam shop in nearby Drury Lane.  Chris Harte 03.06.17
Back again! The curse of the Christmas card has struck, and much stock has not moved in months but occasional gem. Some at good prices others at ridiculous ones. Whole glass cabinet full books infected by 'collectableitis'  Jon Morgan 20.11.17
I am a fairly regular visitor here and the stock is thinning and static as well as very expensive. Books seem to be being driven out by Manga / comics and videos. I frequently find stuff I have just bought in Any Amount of Books in CX Road at several pounds more. Needs a revamp and a reality tablet!  Jonathan Morgan 15.09.18
I have to agree with Jonathan Morgan, above, about the declining quality of stock in several categories. The photography section rarely pleases, and the arts section is liberally padded with auction catalogues. However, I was glad to find a handsome collection of art in Yorkshire for a tenner, less than a quarter of the price asked by internet sellers.  Nicholas Sack 15.12.19

Pickering _ Chatto/THE CITY/1 Clement_s Lane
Pickering & Chatto  Open at advertised times
1 Clement's Lane   THE CITY   EC4N 7HB
tel: 020 7493 6993 
Open:  Monday - Friday 9.30 - 5.30.
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Economics, literature, science & medicine.

SOAS Bookshop (Arthur Probsthain)/BLOOMSBURY/School of Oriental _ African Studies
SOAS Bookshop (Arthur Probsthain)  Open at advertised times
School of Oriental & African Studies  Brunei Gallery  Thornhaugh Street (off Russell Square)   BLOOMSBURY   WC1H 0XG
tel: 020 7898 4470  web 
Open:  Monday - Friday 9.30 - 5.30 (Saturday 12.00 - 4 .00, term time only: October - March)
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Specialising in books on: Africa, anthropology, Central Asia, China, development studies, economics, ethnomusicology, India, Islam, Japan, languages, Middle East, politics, religion, Southeast Asia, SOAS coursepacks & publications.

Skoob Pop-Up/BLOOMSBURY/Unit 10, the Brunswick
Skoob Pop-Up  Open at advertised times
Unit 10, the Brunswick  BLOOMSBURY  WC1N 1AE
tel:  020 7278 8760  e-mail   web   
Open: Monday - Saturday 11.00 - 7.30, Sunday 11.00 - 6.00
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A temporary pop-up in the main Brunswick Centre, opposite Starbucks.

A new branch has opened a few yards away at Unit 10 Brunswick Centre: an airy space with much quality stock and an extensive arts section.   Nicholas Sack 14.07.21
A bight, spacious shop now in it's second year. However the stock seems to be pretty static this year. The eye-watering prices (especially for paperbacks)may be the reason.  Peter M 26.07.21
Much lighter and airier than Skoob's gloomy cavern under Waitrose. The stock seems more appealing as well, particularly the hardback fiction. The books don't seem over-priced to me; in fact I've already had one or two spiffing bargains. I hope this branch stays popped up forever.  Laurence Purcell 09.09.21

Skoob Books   /BLOOMSBURY/66 The Brunswick  
Skoob Books     Open at advertised times
66 The Brunswick    BLOOMSBURY  WC1N 1AE
tel:  020 7278 8760  e-mail   web   
Open:  Monday - Sunday 12.00 - 6.00
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London's broadest selection of secondhand academic books, the UK's widest range in philosophy and large collections of modern literature, art, history, politics, economics, classics, science and technology. Entrance is from Handel St on the outside of the Brunswick Centre. Or from the main concourse, go through Waitrose to the rear exit and turn left.

The description (London's broadest selection of secondhand academic books, the UK's widest range) is theirs and is not justified. It has a good and broad range, but it is not that significant.  George Marshall 06.02.09
Wide variety at very reasonable prices but nothing for the collector.  Loyola 24.04.10
Sadly this shop always disappoints, very drab stock, often overpriced & never anything collectable.  tradng.ava 31.03.11
Little for collectors perhaps, but plenty for readers - which is the main thing. Very wide stock in humanities and social sciences, especially strong in history, classics, literature and art. Highly recommended.  GP 16.07.11
Another regular lunchtime browsing spot for me. Bit surprised by comments that there is little for the collector - extensive Penguin collection, plus many JM Dent and other older series. The most interesting stuff is all around the till area, most of the good stuff pulled out of the general stock shelves. It's a good experience all round with my only complaint being that (especially in the last year or so) prices seem to have risen and many of the books are not very competitively priced. Still always worth a visit.  M&O 14.04.12
Odd comments from the above. Skoob has the largest collection of plays and philosophy in London, and an incredible antiquarian selection if you ask.  ElBib 12.07.12
Very negative experience. Holder of their little stall nearby sent me in the wrong direction (and on a massive wild goose chase) for the shop and chap on till didn't seem interested in this or the fact I was looking for higher-end Penguins. Apparently the rarer stuff goes to book fairs; I will pay top money for rare paperbacks, but this was lost on uninterested till boy.  Sam Glen 23.05.13
Please beware of Mr Sam Glen, and his comment above. He is well known among the second-hand book trade as a customer to give a wide berth to. Poor chap.  ElBib 24.08.13
Re Elbib - to suggest I am well known as a scourge of the second-hand book trade is flattering, but entirely untrue. At least I put my name to reviews and stand by my comments. Strange this seems to be your only comment on the site.  Sam Glen 29.08.13
Still one of the best secondhand shops in London as far as fiction choice and stock is concerned. The prices are still high even by Oxfam standards but worth a visit. At the weekend there is a good non-Skoob stall at ground level in the Brunswick Center itself.  Jon Morgan 10.09.14
Air conditioning in this rather cramped basement is a blessing. There's an extensive stock of artists' and photographers' monographs, my specialism, including some rarities. Recent books in perfect nick are generally half the published price. I found an unusual collection by the American photographer Dan Weiner, 1974, going for a song.  Nicholas Sack 01.08.15
Cramped basement, but at least it is full of decent s/h books. Impressive politics and sociology collection, which I found reasonably priced for London and came away with a couple of wants.  Norman Davies 29.08.15
Sizeable basement with substantial academic stock sections and good general range elsewhere. Small music book section, which makes the presence of an upright piano somewhat incongruous. How did they get it down those stairs? Prices high, but reasonable for London.  Steven Kelly 09.05.16
Prices very high even for London - their policy seems to be to charge half the new price so expect to pay 4 to 5 quid for very ordinary paperback novels whatever the age or condition.  Yossarian 03.06.16
This shop combines very good stock with very high prices. It therefore encourages browsing which should be careful in both senses. Not for the bibliographically incontinent!  The Bookman 16.07.16
Back again on the 13th of April. Fair while since I managed to buy an item there. Not very impressed with the manner of many of the items on the shelves. Think the workers need to make these all look better.  Chris K 21.04.17
The stock has become a little tired of late and little seems to shift but the crime fiction and general fiction sections are extensive (and expensive) and foreign language is not bad either. They must be making money based on what they pay for books brought in for sale and what they subsequently mark them up for. You can hear the disappointment in the vendor's voice as they wonder whether it is worth carting them home / elsewhere. That said, the rent / rates must be eye watering.  Jonathan Morgan 15.09.18
1st visit ever after trekking up from Cecil Court. I had hoped to find a goodly selection of recent military academic titles but alas the WW2/WW1/ Naval/Maritime/Military and Childrens sections were all poor. Nothing purchased and Francis Edward's basement was better.  Laurence Batchelor 27.06.19
The shelved partitions have been removed, presumably in compliance with Covid guidelines; browsing is now easier. A new branch has opened a few yards away at Unit 10 Brunswick Centre: an airy space with much quality stock and an extensive arts section.  Nicholas Sack 14.07.21
Roomier, as Nicholas Sack says, and the traditional specialist sections seem as well stocked as ever (particularly plays). However, for some reason the shop seems to have taken up a new (to me) speciality in paperback fiction; there's yards and yards of the stuff.  Laurence Purcell 09.09.21

Spink and Son Ltd/BLOOMSBURY/69 Southampton Row
Spink and Son Ltd  Open at advertised times
69 Southampton Row  Bloomsbury   BLOOMSBURY   WC1B 4ET
tel: 020 7563 4000  web 
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Numismatics, stamps & banknotes.

Storeys Ltd/CHARING CROSS/1 _ 3 Cecil Court
Storeys Ltd  Open at advertised times
1 & 3 Cecil Court   CHARING CROSS   WC2N 4EZ
tel: 020 7836 3777 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 6.00.
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Antiquarian engravings, maps and prints.

Tindley and Everett/CHARING CROSS/4 Cecil Court
Tindley and Everett  Open at advertised times
4 Cecil Court   CHARING CROSS   WC2N 4HE
tel: 020 7240 2161 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.30 - 5.00.
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Twentieth Century first editions and architecture. PBFA member.

Good selection of modern firsts. Elastic pricing - no bargains but fair prices for good condition uncommon books. Owner is colourful character who will offer modest discount if issue is raised delicately.  Loyola 24.04.10

Travis and Emery Books on Music/CHARING CROSS/17 Cecil Court
Travis and Emery Books on Music  Open at advertised times
17 Cecil Court   CHARING CROSS   WC2N 4EZ
tel: 020 7240 2129  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.15 - 6.45, Sunday 12.00 - 6.00.
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New and old books on music, secondhand and antiquarian music, opera programmes, prints and photographs, prints, playbills, libretti. ABA & PBFA member.

I remember one particularly useful service provided by the Drif guide was his exposé of the scandalously low offers members of the public seeking to sell their books could expect from many second hand booksellers. I recall Dillons in Gower Street (now Waterstones) was an exception. Some time last year I emailed Travis & Emery with a list of books I thought they might be interested in. After a long wait I got a reply saying they were interested in buying them, and quoting a figure of around £100 depending on condition. Thinking this was very low I sent the same list to Blackwells in Oxford who offered me £350, which I accepted.  Mark W 24.08.13

Treadwell_s/BLOOMSBURY/33 Store Street
Treadwell's  Open at advertised times
33 Store Street  Bloomsbury   BLOOMSBURY   WC2E 7PS
tel: 0207 419 8507  e-mail  web 
Open:  Week days11.00 - 7.00, Weekends:12.00 - 7.00.
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Treadwell's bookshop is undoubtedly the most magical bookshop in London. It specialises in History, Mythology, Neopaganism, Wicca literature, Anthropology, Comparative Religions and more. In addition to its rare collection of written texts, herbs and incenses, Treadwell's also runs a successful series of events where clusters of academics, poets, artists and practitioners gather together to discuss philosophical matters until the early hours of the morning.

The description fits the shop generally: overblown, full of glamour (in the proper sense), and delusional. The stock is not particularly impressive, and seems highly priced.  Putney 17.09.13

Waterstone_s Booksellers/BLOOMSBURY/82 Gower Street
Waterstone's Booksellers  Open at advertised times
82 Gower Street   BLOOMSBURY   WC1E 6EQ
tel: 020 7636 1577  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 8.30 - 9.00, Sunday 12.00 - 6.00.
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Large remaindered academic stock and a small selection of secondhand titles.

Surprisingly large second hand and remaindered section filling several rooms. Prices are decent with regular additional discounts.  George Marshall 06.02.09
This is one of the best second hand and upmarket remainder shops in London and is too often ignored because I think it is inside (first floor) a Waterstones. Excellent selection particularly history but most subjects. Decent prices too.  Norman Davies 16.03.11
Practically nothing of interest to those who are not into academic titles.  Mandalay Emporium 09.04.11
I agree with the earlier comments: an excellent range of academic titles and, what is more, helpful and enthusiastic staff - at Waterstones! Glory be!  Steven Whitehead 12.10.11
This is just the continuation of the former Dillon's stock. (The range of new books aren't as good as I remember them.) Few bargains likely but plenty to browse.  Chris K 09.06.12
Great for new books but the few remainders on offer are not WAD.  Steven 10.08.13
Second Hand department closed. Antiquarian consigned to gloomy basement. "Normal" secondhand books are now scattered around the shop in a haphazard and totally unhelpful way. In some sections a small number of second hand books are now scattered amongst thousands of new books and pretty much invisible.  Peter 17.10.14
Years since I had been in the basement here and there were a lot of remaindered rather than really second hand books. Heavy focus on Arts , Music etc and rather less on fiction. Large area but fairly sparsely populated. There were about five trolleys of 'sale' books (£5.00 and upward) outside but little of interest.  Jonathan Morgan 17.06.17
Visited yesterday and was very glad to see the Secondhand and Antiquarian departments have now been reinstated in the Basement.

Well organised and a pleasant atmosphere - though prices are rather ambitious, I thought. There is even a Clearance room (£5 and under) in the far corner - replete with some Greek plaster-casts! In addition there is a large room of mainly rather scholarly Remainders. Plus, as a previous commentator mentioned, there are several clearance trolleys outside the main doors - mainly dross, but, as always, the odd gem can occasionally be excavated ...

In common with several other London Waterstone's branches (Piccadilly, High Street Kensington, Hatchards, etc) the New Hardcover Fiction department at Gower Street also has a reasonable selection of Modern First Editions - but at rather intimidating prices. I really wonder how many they sell.
  Steve Archer 13.07.17

Watkins Books Ltd/CHARING CROSS/19 _ 21 Cecil Court
Watkins Books Ltd  Open at advertised times
19 & 21 Cecil Court   CHARING CROSS   WC2N 4NH
tel: 020 7836 2182 
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Specialists in Mysticism, Eastern Religions, Alternative Medicine, Astrology, Magick, Jungian Psychology, Wicca, Yoga & Contemporary Spirituality.

Now refurbished and re-opened. The same wonderful range of books on the exotic. The secondhand stock is now incorporated with the new stock -look out for the red stickers.  Peter M 07.12.10

Wildy _ Sons Ltd/LINCOLN_S INN/Lincoln_s Inn Archway
Wildy & Sons Ltd  Open at advertised times
Lincoln's Inn Archway  Carey Street   LINCOLN'S INN   WC2A 2JD
tel: 020 7242 5778 
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Lawbooks, criminology, true crime.

Witch Ball/CHARING CROSS/2 Cecil Court
The Witch Ball  Open at advertised times
2 Cecil Court   CHARING CROSS   WC2N 4HE
tel: 020 7836 2922  e-mail 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.30 - 6.30.
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Antiquarian print shop, specialists in the performing arts.