The Best Independent Bookshops in Brixton

Amy Wakeham

Celebrated for its rich cultural diversity, amazing food and popular nightlife, Brixton in south London also has a lot to offer book worshippers. So after you have had that delicious jerk chicken and before you hit the Duke of Edinburgh pub, why not pay these independent bookshops a visit?

1. Book Mongers

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Popular bookshop Book Mongers on Coldharbour Lane needs to be your first stop for second hand books. Right on the fringes of Brixton Market, Book Mongers specialises in buying and selling books on all sorts of subjects: plays, poetry, travel, politics, cinema are only a few of them. For true bibliophiles, they also stock a range of first editions and rare books, too.

2. Herne Hill Books


A small village on the fringes of Brixton, Herne Hill is the home of Herne Hill Books. It offers a great selection of the latest novels, classic books, political biographies, travel guides and so much more. Compact but very friendly, Herne Hill Books has nice community feel to it and offers discounts and deals for neighbouring businesses. They also host local authors for talks and signings.

3. Tales On Moon Lane


An absolutely must-visit for the youngest of bookworms. This enchanting bookshop on Half Moon Lane stocks all the books a child could ever want to read, and more. An award-winning children’s bookshop, their aim is to inspire a lifelong love of reading. As well as stocking a wide range of classic and current fiction, they also run education schemes and have a weekly storytime slot every week in term time. What’s not to love?

Pea Green Boat Books

An independent bookseller specialising in literature for children and young adults, Pea Green Boat Books is passionate about getting young people into reading. They run a number of school and education events throughout the year, plus school visits with renowned children’s authors and illustrators.

Pea Green Boat Books

4. Scott's Collectables


Simply unmissable for any self-professed comic book fan. With almost 200,000 books in stock, their range of comics is sure to have something you’ll love – although visits are by appointment only. They also offer a valuing and certifying service for your comic books, as well as the opportunity to get them signed by leading authors at international conventions.

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