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The Best Independent Bookshops in Clerkenwell

Picture of Amy Wakeham
Updated: 30 October 2017
Full of chic offices and quirky coffee shops, Clerkenwell is a true secret of Londoners in the know. However, its great selection of independent bookshops is what makes it really worth a visit. For all literature lovers in London, here’s your must-visit list.

Book Ends

Situated in the lovely Exmouth Market, Book Ends is an independent bookshop specialising in children’s books, arts and crafts, and origami. From babies to teenagers, they have books for all little literature lovers in a great selection of fiction and non-fiction. You can also find cards, DVDs and crafting materials there, too.

Bookends, 66 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 207 713 8555

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If spirituality is your thing, then Cygnus is definitely worth a visit. It first started as a book-selling company and now includes a shop in the heart of Angel and a quarterly magazine. The independent bookshop is dedicated to all things spirituality, with self-help books, meditation manuals and religious guides.

Cygnus, 359-363 Goswell Rd, Clerkenwell, London, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 207 859 4375

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A bookshop and a creative space, Magma is a must-see for lovers of design and literature alike. Stocking a wide range of publications in the fields of visual communication, art, culture and design, Magma also carries a great selection of arts and prints, gifts, t-shirts and accessories. A destination as well as a bookshop, it definitely should be on your London visit list.

Magma, 117-119 Clerkenwell Rd, London, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 207 242 9502

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From fascinating fiction to the best in non-fiction, drop by Blackwell’s for a taste of the best that books can offer. In addition to the latest bestsellers, Blackwell’s is also the country’s leading academic bookshop. So, whether you’re searching for a book by your favourite author or a collection of essays, this should be first on your list.

Blackwell’s, 50 High Holborn, London, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 207 292 5100

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Skoob Books

Calling all students and lovers of learning. Skoob Books is the place to go to find all the second-hand academic books you could ever need. With more than 55,000 works to rummage through, you’ll find works on philosophy, psychology, modern literature, science, economics and more. They also stock other merchandise, such as mugs, bags and notebooks.

Skoob Books, 66 The Brunswick, off Marchmont Street, London, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 207 278 8760