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Book Mongers/BRIXTON/439 Coldharbour Lane
Book Mongers  Open at advertised times
439 Coldharbour Lane   BRIXTON   SW9 8LN
tel: 020 7738 4225  web 
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A bit of a messy place with a resident dog to boot and no real bargains to be found. Still, good to have a bookshop back in S W London.  Mandalay Bookshop 23.01.12
Yes there is a measure of disorganisation - the shop is a stranger to the concept of 'alphabetical order' within a degree of categorisation and thematic placing. Irritatingly the stock is, as in so many places, placed two deep on shelves , so one misses the opportunity to scan and move on. The owner is an ex pat American with excellent taste in music and radio tuned to a Boston station (depressing to find so much support for Romney). Excellent little rest area with couch and resident dog v. friendly and an integral part of the considerable charm of the place and to which I was banished when my phone went off - not unreasonably. Worth a detour for the stock and the gems which have to be mined for.  Jon Morgan 05.10.12
Back again, and no dog. Excellent jazz playing - Coltrane?? Sadly even more books in front of books, making browsing / scanning difficult. I love the eccentricities of organisation to be found in second hand bookshops, but this place is a real challenge. Worth a visit if in the area if only to support a significant asset in what otherwise seems a book desert!  Jon Morgan 14.06.14
This shop opened in Brixton 4 years after I left. - so it's been run by a Boston MA guy since 1992. Here a short video. Made my first visit there last Wednesday. Lots of stock both hardbacks and p/bs. Bought a good h/b at a decent price. WAD.  Chris K 15.09.14
This bookshop has grown on me - especially as it is one of the very few remaining in S W London. The stock is substantial and the staff very friendly. Shame about the dust though!  Mandalay Emporium 17.10.14
Mostly recent (I bought one paperback to read). There were some shelves of older books behind the desk but I was not allowed to look. "waste of time plenty of dealers have looked through them".  John Collins 08.08.15
Further to Jon Morgan (above), the dog has returned - it now sits in the window - and the practice of double-parking books on shelves is no longer widespread. Substantial stock in most categories; especially strong on countercultural fiction from both the UK and USA. Prices are fair; I bought the recent Edward Burra monograph in perfect nick (RRP £40) for 15 quid.  Nicholas Sack 14.05.16
A revisit but little has changed, Still a good range of stock esp fiction although it sees that large numbers of remainders are creeping in. There is some organisation evident alphabetically but fiction is subdivide into categories such as 'Women's etc. Books are placed face out on the edge of the shelves obscuring the titles behind, which themselves obscure the layer behind. That said, mining can yield gems and the crime fiction section has some excellent stock. Good music , off the wall decor and reasonable prices. A root and branch reorganisation and rationalisation would assist without altering the character of the place. Long may it remain but I hoe it becomes more user friendly.  Jon Morgan 20.11.17

British Heart Foundation Books and Music Shop/STREATHAM/94 Streatham High Road
British Heart Foundation Books and Music Shop  Open at advertised times
94 Streatham High Road   STREATHAM   SW16 1BS
tel: 020 8664 7490  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.30, Sunday 11.00 - 4.00.
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A very well-organised medium-sized shop with excellent fixtures and fittings, carefully categorised stock, very reasonable prices and a nice friendly atmosphere. It also sells videos, CD's, LP's etc. Highly recommended!  Steve Archer 
Good, frequently changing stock at reasonable prices. Recommended.  trading.ava 05.04.11
First such specialist BHF shop I've made it to. (Anyone know how many there are? Website isn't easy to search.) Spent £15 on 3 very good art history/travel books. If I still lived nearby, would be a regular.  Chris K 21.05.12
Although British Heart Foundation have 100s of charity shops, as far as I can tell, only 6 are bookshops - and we have them all listed.  TBG 21.05.12
Been going in this shop for years, and often find interesting & sometimes rare titles... Nice feel about the place with vinyl supplying the shop music!  John 16.11.13
Second visit after 3 years - if anything an even better selection of books and maps. There's quite a few other charity shops down the long high street but go here first!  Chris K 08.08.15
A nice shop on an area which is becoming trendy. Oxfam diagonally opposite also with quite a few books. BHF have a really good stock and prices reasonable. Some really good new hardbacks at about £2.00. An oasis in what must once have been a very genteel area ... It's even got a Pizza Express.  Jon Morgan 23.03.16
BHF charity shops in general have better selections of books than most others. They're eccentric in their definition of "collectable" and optimistic in their pricing, but they usually have something more interesting than the blank shelves of banal pb. fiction you usually find.  Wee Jim 17.06.17
Back Again, Knocked a couple off my wish list. I have to endorse Wee Jim on the collectable shelves - why a sixteenth impression of Pigeon Post in a very tattered dust jacket should be deemed collectable ...  Jonathan Morgan 04.07.17
A thunderous arterial road in an unlovely quarter of London is an unlikely setting for one of the very best charity bookshops. Plenty of quality stock, immaculately ordered, with ample room for pleasurable browsing. Strong on history, military and biography, with some uncommon titles. Prices are generally keen - from the railway shelves, a Middleton Press hardback in perfect nick, £19 new, was a steal at just three quid. Worth a detour.  Nicholas Sack 06.07.17
Still a good place to visit but videos etc are encroaching and the collectabilititis virus is still not cured. Stock seemed more tired and less varied than before but still well organised and cleanly laid out.  Jon Morgan 20.11.17

Chris Beetles Ltd/ST JAMES_S/8 - 10 Ryder Street
Chris Beetles Ltd  Open at advertised times
8 - 10 Ryder Street   ST JAMES'S   SW1Y 6QB
tel: 020 7839 7551 
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Gallery with small stock of out-of-print art reference books.

Classic Bindings Limited/PIMLICO/61 Cambridge Street
Classic Bindings Limited  Open at advertised times
61 Cambridge Street   PIMLICO   SW1V 4PS
tel: 0207 834 5554  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Friday 10.00 - 5.00.
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Complete sets and individual volumes of rare books and antique books featuring classic bindings published from the 16th to 19th century.

Daniel Crouch Rare Books/ST JAMES_S/4 Bury Street
Daniel Crouch Rare Books  Open at advertised times
4 Bury Street   ST JAMES'S   SW1Y 6AB
tel: 020 7042 0240  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Friday 10.00 - 6.00, Saturday by appointment.
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Specialist dealers in antique atlases, maps, plans, sea charts and voyages dating from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries. Our carefully selected stock also includes a number of fine prints and globes, and a selection of cartographic reference books.

Folios Ltd/BROMPTON/193 - 195 Brompton Road
Folios Ltd  Open at advertised times
193 - 195 Brompton Road   BROMPTON   SW3 1LZ
tel: 020 7581 2706 
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Books about the Arab world, the Middle East and Islam.

It is really hard to find the shop easy. There is no signs on the street. But only you must find "French bank" on the street and then this bookshop in the same building with the bank's. 5th flour of this apartment. Very nice and very rich stock on Middle East, Turkey and Islam.  Aytac Yildiz 14.05.11

Hurlingham Books/PUTNEY/91 Fulham High Street
Hurlingham Books  Open at advertised times
91 Fulham High Street   PUTNEY   SW6 3JS
tel: 020 7736 4363  web 
Open:  Monday - Friday 9.00 - 6.00.
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First editions, rare books, antiquarian books, atlases, maps, children's books and more.

Although mainly paperbacks and hardback novels there were shelves behind the manager which contained some top quality local material. If that is your forte then put your nose around the door.  Chris Harte 27.06.09
Badly located & looked dead - it was closed - and dishevelled when I tried to visit.  trading.ava 05.04.11
Looks like this place (situated on a corner) has been divided in two with a large part of the shop going over to a party-organising enterprise. What is left is literally floor to ceiling mostly paper back books (some might say pulp) quite well 'organised' altho at least two deep on most shelves. Step-laddders are liberally provided for those with a mountaineering head on. It is worth burrowing and removing the first layer. I found several 1960/1970 paperbacks of interest. It does need a complete overhaul tho'. Lots of very dead stock and the stiff in the window is very faded and clearly has not moved for some time. Prices reasonable and the manager averagely attentive. (Glued to the Golf on his laptop) Very close to tube (2 mins). Open at the times it said it would be altho I had to take pot luck as its own site has no opening times (only on TheBookGuide did I find them) and repeated efforts to ring first (current debate) whether on mobile or landline were unsuccessful.  JM 24.07.12
This place has the odd practice of putting its better stock into a separate and private warehouse and filling its shop with mostly poor quality paperbacks. The owner, Ray, is very ETGOW but when he is not there the shop is staffed by his sometimes less than helpful friends. A passing knowledge of Fulham Football Club is a useful gambit with them. This is also the only place where I was charged more for a book in the shop than the owner was charging for the same book on Abe. Happy days.  Michael Ross 27.06.19
Peered through the window on my way to an evening football match at Craven Cottage. Looks as though it is a Driff Special and while I hoped to return next season I see it won't be open on a Saturday so that's that.  Steven 11.11.19

Oxfam Bookshop/BALHAM/166 Balham
Oxfam Bookshop  Phone before travelling
166 Balham  High Street   BALHAM   SW12 9BW
tel: 020 8 7726816  web 
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One of the newest yet undoubtedly worst of all the Oxfam Bookshops; very disappointing stock at outrageous prices.  Mandalay Bookshop 04.02.12
A small Oxfam books-only shop, next to 2 other charity ones in the high street of busy Balham.  Chris K. 24.05.12
Prices remain ludicrously high, no wonder the shop is never busy. Possibly the most overpriced of all the Oxfam Bookshops in the London area.  Mandalay Bookshop 29.08.14
As already commented on in previous reviews this is one of the most expensive Oxfam's in London, only bargains are the shelves of unsold Xmas cards (in February). Come on Oxfam, get your act together, decide if you are serious about selling books, or just another Charity junk Shop! Only positive is that the staff are very helpful, but the prices...  Steve Newman 05.02.16
Not a bad selection of modern fiction and standard Oxfam pricing .I have no idea who advises them on collectable but ...  Jonathan Morgan 04.07.17
One of the smaller Oxfam bookshops, with a couple of unusual and attractive titles in Art and Topography. Some of the prices are ridiculously fanciful.  Nicholas Sack 01.10.18

Oxfam Bookshop/VICTORIA/34 Strutton Ground
Oxfam Bookshop  Phone before travelling
34 Strutton Ground   VICTORIA   SW1P 2HR
tel: 020 7233 3908  web 
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Quite a decent selection that changes regularly, a good choice of biographies/autobiographies and political books.  Mandalay Bookshop 23.01.12
Some good holdings with a window display of rare and unusual titles. Prices were very reasonable especially for the mid-wars first edition fiction on sale.  Chris Harte 19.06.13
Has gone downhill rapidly while prices rise. Stock is tired and grossly overpriced. Now one of the worst of all Oxfam Bookshops.  Mandalay Bookshop 26.07.13
Small shop in a pedestrian market site, just of the main Victoria Street. 2 new volunteer helpers present but the stock dull. Eg lots of art auction catalogues. Currently NWAD.  Chris K 15.09.14
Gets worse. The modern fiction section is shrinking in quantity and quality and as in all Oxfam shops the curse of the Christmas card (Its bloody October!!) takes up space which could be used for book stock, if there is any! Some review copies and DVD / CD stock. No longer worth a detour but only the occasional visit.  Jon Morgan 09.10.14
Three years on from Jon Morgan's observations, and the Christmas cards and crackers have returned - it's only October! And cramped space is wasted on chocolate bars and jars of coffee, CDs and DVDs. Is this a bookshop? The arts stock, lazily shelved with books slumped and spilling out, includes a few unusual titles - at fanciful prices.  Nicholas Sack 30.10.17
Still has crazy prices about many of its books. Not really worth bothering with.  Mandalay Bookshop 18.05.18
I think this one is a bit above average for an Oxfam and I haven't noticed that the prices are unreasonable. Comparatively small stock but there are usually items of interest. Worth a visit, though not a detour. In accordance with Oxfam's amusing new policy, the books in the (so-called) ANTIQUARIAN AND COLLECTABLE section have begun to be sorted by colour, though so far only red and blue have been done.  Laurence Purcell 01.10.21
This branch has upped its game in the four years since my last visit. Quality of stock is markedly improved, and books are efficiently shelved. Arts, history and fiction sections contain interesting and unusual titles. Prices seem fair; cheerful staff.   Nicholas Sack 08.02.22

Peter Harrington/CHELSEA/100 Fulham Road
Peter Harrington  Open at advertised times
100 Fulham Road   CHELSEA   SW3 6HS
tel: 020 7591 0220  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 6.00.
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First editions and bound sets, voyages, travel, atlases, maps, colour plate and natural history, Illustrated first editions of children's books, fine bindings and fore-edge paintings.

Paradise for the book voyeur. I bought nothing but was treated with great courtesy even with a bored 14 year old in tow.  Loyola 24.04.10
Antiquarian, and first editions of literature, travel and children's. The shelf of photography in the basement contains scarce gems: early Helen Levitt, Aaron Siskind, Tony Ray-Jones, Garry Winogrand - at prices one must expect. Extremely courteous staff. Peter Harrington also has a branch in Mayfair.   Nicholas Sack 26.10.21

Robert Frew Ltd/SOUTH KENSINGTON/8 Thurloe Place
Robert Frew Ltd  Open at advertised times
8 Thurloe Place   SOUTH KENSINGTON   SW7 2RX
tel: 0207 590 6650  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Friday 10.00 - 6.00 Saturday 11.00 - 5.00.
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We deal in most areas of antiquarian books with an emphasis on travel, colour plate, illustrated books, atlases, fine literary sets and bindings.

Quality stock at quality prices. A 1930's Bacon map of London for £750 anyone? (plus £150 for the frame!)  Steve Newman 12.12.14

Robin Halwas/ST JAMES_S/9 Cleveland Row
Robin Halwas  Open at advertised times
9 Cleveland Row   ST JAMES'S   SW1A 1DH
tel: 020 7930 2542 
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Sims Reed/ST JAMES_S/43a Duke Street
Sims Reed  Open at advertised times
43a Duke Street   ST JAMES'S   SW1Y 6DD
tel: 020 7493 566  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Friday 10.30 - 6.00.
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Art reference and fine illustrated books.

Sokol Books/BROMPTON/239a Fulham Rd
Sokol Books  Open at advertised times
239a Fulham Rd  BROMPTON  SW3 6HY
tel:  020 7351 5119  e-mail   web   
Open: Tuesday - Saturday 11.00 - 9.00
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Dealers in English STC books (pre-1640), continental printed books up to the early 1600s, and decorative and textual Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts.

South Kensington Bookshop/KENSINGTON/22 Thurloe Street
The South Kensington Bookshop  Open at advertised times
22 Thurloe Street  South Kensington   KENSINGTON   SW7 2LT
tel: 020 7589 2916  e-mail  web 
Open:  7 days 10.00 - 8.00.
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Mostly good quality art and history remainders. Next to South Kensington tube station.

Almost always worth a visit!  David Dixit 08.03.12
Solely remaindered stock, OK if that is what you are after but hardly a second hand book shop.  Steve Newman 12.12.14
Not as varied as it has been in the past (and I have been visiting for over fifty years) but always worth popping in to see what is around. Very strong on remaindered books on Art and Painting.  Chris Harte 06.06.15
Still offers a wide range of quality remaindered stock, though the photography section is much diminished. Handy for when visiting the V&A Museum.  Nicholas Sack 01.06.16

Thomas Heneage Artbooks/ST JAMES_S/42 Duke Street
Thomas Heneage Artbooks  Open at advertised times
42 Duke Street   ST JAMES'S   SW1Y 6DJ
tel: 020 7930 9223  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Friday 9.30 - 6.00, otherwise by appointment.
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Art reference books, catalogue raisonnés, monographs and exhibition catalogues. It is our policy to stock the most authoritative book on any subject and in any language, irrespective of its being new or second hand.

My third visit to this shop. Managed to buy a impressionist art book again there. Cost me £33 for a special 1989 Paris Gustave Caillebotte item. Shop has some new and a lot of second-hand art books. Do though think the folks need to make all the items look right on the shelves.  Chris K 21.04.17
Further to Chris K's observation five years ago, I can report that the stock is now immaculately shelved. Extensive holdings of artists' monographs, and a few dozen photography titles. Courteous staff.   Nicholas Sack 08.04.22

Wandsworth Oasis Books/TOOTING/Amen Corner
Wandsworth Oasis Books  Phone before travelling
Amen Corner  234-250 Mitcham Road   TOOTING   SW17 9NT
tel: 020 3759 8802  web 
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We have a large fiction section, as well as classics, history, self help, world religions, business, art and cinema, DIY, travel and, of course, a children’s area.

The prices were pretty high, and they don't accept credit cards, though their stock was quite large, but essentially the same old rubbish.  Mandalay Emporium 26.04.11
Definitely my last ever visit to this place: the manager was out and when I inquired where the shelf of signed books was (they used to have one), the shop assistant replied "Oh the manager keeps those for himself, as he collects them".  Mandalay Emporium 25.08.12
Avoid going between the hours of 11.30am and 2.30 pm, as the shop is, more often than not, 'closed for lunch'. I know it's staffed by volunteers, but still ...  Alastair Palmer 19.12.13
Now relocated to larger premises, in fact a corner of a much larger ex departmental store. Far better layout and helpful staff. Cheaper than other book shops in the area too. Well worth checking out if in the area.  Steve Newman 05.02.16
This larger shop opened September 2015 and is much better organized, laid out and managed.  Richard 23.03.16
This is a general, albeit large, charity shop. It looks less than enticing from the outside, but has quite and extensive and varied stock of books. I came away with a bagful for £11.00. Some good quality, recently published hardback books. NB it is nearly opposite the now closed (aren't they all?) police station.They now have a card machine but only for purchases of £10.00 or over. I will definitely be back.  Jon Morgan 23.03.16
Extensive stock for a general charity shop, but quality is mostly mediocre. Still, I rescued a book on Naive art for a rock-bottom price. A cheerful lady assistant was unpacking new arrivals and advising browsers. Worth a shufty if you are in the neighbourhood.  Nicholas Sack 01.10.18

World_s End Bookshop/CHELSEA/357 Kings Road
World's End Bookshop   Open at advertised times
357 Kings Road    CHELSEA  SW3 5ES
tel:  020 7352 9376  e-mail   web
Open: Wednesday - Saturday 10.30 - 6.30, Sunday 11.00 - 5.00
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A wide range of titles from as little as £1.00 but with the emphasis on better books.

Since re-opening, all the cheaper stock has been replaced by much more expensive stuff and only the occasional bargain can be found. Still the staff are friendly.  trading.ava 05.04.11
Reduced opening hours: Wed to Sat, 10.30-6.30; Sun, 11-5. I was lucky on a Tuesday, peering in through locked door; obliging assistant arrived and let me in. Extensive stock of high quality art, photography and fashion - as befits the Chelsea location - but not for hunters of bargains.   26.10.21