Bookstores in SE1?

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Friday 31 July 2009 9.49am
Does anyone know of any good book stores in SE1?

I used to frequent the one just over London Bridge but it has been turned into a ski shop. I wanted to pick up a copy of Les Miserables - the only bookstore I know of is on Waterloo Road but I'm not sure if they will have it (I will call in advance).

Any help would be appreciated! I'd like to know if there are any book stores I am not aware of because right now I have to trek over the river to find what I want.
Friday 31 July 2009 10.01am
I would recommend the Riverside Bookshop in Hay's Galleria, they are very good. (Disclaimer: I am not related to their business in any way).
Friday 31 July 2009 10.14am
I am baised given that I work for Team London Bridge but hand on heart the bookshop in Hay's Galleria is excellent. Usually get or order something once a week.

There's also a very interesting theatre bookshop on The Cut. Not sure if the excellent secondhand book store in the E&C shopping centre is still there.

Would be breat to get a couple more quality / specialist bookshops in the area. Given the number of architects and designer in the locality I'm sure there would be an opening there. Real shame the bookshop in Lower Marsh closed - not enough footfall I'd imagine.
Friday 31 July 2009 10.54am
I agree with the comments about the Riverside Bookshop at Hay's Galleria.

Small put perfectly formed and pleasant staff, who will order your book, if not in stock, and telephone you when it is in - at no charge.
Friday 31 July 2009 12.48pm
Indeed, as has been said above, Riverside Bookshop is excellent. I'm very keen to see it stay open - amazon and the like are great, but there's something lovely about having a wander round an actual bookshop. The staff are very helpful if there's anything you want ordering.

No connection etc.
Friday 31 July 2009 1.17pm
Thanks - just grabbed a copy of Les Mis. The book is a brick - 1200 pages!
Friday 31 July 2009 1.27pm
Glad you got what you were after. Unfortunately, Crockett & Powell on Lower Marsh closed its doors this week.

Calder's on the cut has already been mentioned.

Also in the area, there's a second hand bookshop on Lower Marsh, the Book Warehouse (which is a bit of a lucky dip, but can be fantastic value for money), Foyles beneath the RFH, and the National Theatre bookshop (specialist, but a good range within the speciality).

For another speciality, my Dad insists on visiting Ian Allen on Lower Marsh when he is in the area for public transport related stuff.

(I have no connections to any of the above)
Friday 31 July 2009 2.18pm
Another thumbs up to Riverside Bookshop in Hays Galleria. I use them all the time and theyve ordered loads of books for me and always call when its in. They also have a Valued Customer loyalty scheme. Every time you spend 10 they stamp your little red card and once you have 8 stamps you get a 5 discount on your next book.
Friday 31 July 2009 7.07pm
I, too, like the Riverside. The bookshop at Tate Modern is also excellent, although obviously it doesn't stock all genres - mostly it's art books, but there's a very good section covering things like aesthetics and cultural theory. I also go to the Waterstones in Leadenhall Market, which, for some SE1-ers at least, is not far away.
Sunday 2 August 2009 7.32pm
Shane Clarke wrote:
Would be breat to get a couple more quality / specialist bookshops in the area. Given the number of architects and designer in the locality I'm sure there would be an opening there.
There's a second-hand bookshop specialising in modern art on Hopton Street, behind Tate Modern--havn't actually been in, just walked past.
You could always try the book sellers under Waterloo Bridge, though I have never actually FOUND anything there. Really miss Tion Books @ Elephant and Castle...
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