For lovers of boats, space and Greenwich Mean Time, London’s Greenwich is simply a must-visit. Did you know it’s also a haven for bookworms, too? Read on to discover the definitive list of the best independent bookshops in Greenwich.
London’s only specialist maritime and naval bookstore is based on Greenwich’s Royal Hill. Stocking used and antiquarian books, plus new books and prints, this bookshop should be your first stop for anything to do with the sea. What’s more, it’s close at hand for the National Maritime Museum, the Old Royal Naval College and the Cutty Sark, for even more maritime interest.
Greenwich BookPlace & Gallery
Located in an old Victorian pub on Creek Road, the Greenwich BookPlace & Gallery offers just about all you could want from a second hand bookshop. Meandering corridors and labyrinthine rooms hold a host of second hand books – you can never be quite sure of what treasure you’ll stumble upon next.
The Bookshope on the Heath
Located at the top of Tranquil Vale in the lovely village of Blackheath, near Greenwich, lies The Bookeshope on the Heath. As delightful as it sounds, the duck egg-blue exterior conceals a charming bookshop specialising in rare and antique books, maps, prints and film posters. A bookstore since 1949, it is a local institution in Blackheath and one definitely worth a visit.
Beaumont Travel Books
If travel is your thing, then Beaumont Travel Books in Greenwich has to be your first port of call when visiting London. Stocking a range of titles that specialise in travel, history and exploration, it’s a must-visit for anyone with itchy feet looking for inspiration. They stock both antiquarian and modern books and although they deal mainly by mail order, visitors are welcome by appointment.
Simply bookworm heaven. With over 40,000 titles available in-store, discover a range of new and old titles lovingly curated in this Greenwich bookshop. For bargain hunters, they also have a clearance section, with all books priced at just £1. They also buy second hand books, records, CDs and vintage magazines – perfect for making more room on your bookshelf for new books.