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The Best Independent Bookshops in Kensington & Chelsea
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The Best Independent Bookshops in Kensington & Chelsea

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Updated: 30 October 2017
Kensington and Chelsea are renowned for pretty tree-lined streets, grand old houses and chic boutiques. However, no trip West is complete without a visit to at least one of the many choice independent bookshops. Read on to see which one takes your fancy.
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South Kensington Books

Nestled in the heart of Kensington, close to the V&A and the Natural History Museum, South Kensington Books should also make any list of must-visit places in the area. A bookshop has stood on this site since the 1940s, and the store today specialises in visual arts, architecture and photography and also stocks plenty of works on history, music, biography, cookery and fiction. Why not stop in to be inspired before your visit to London’s great galleries and museums?

South Kensington Books, 22 Thurloe St, Kensington, London, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 207 589 2916

Worlds End Bookshop

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Worlds End Bookshop

Established in 1986, Worlds End Bookshop is situated on the rarefied street of the King’s Road. A second-hand and antiquarian bookseller in the heart of Chelsea, Worlds End stocks fine examples of vintage literature, poetry, arts and music books and buys and sells your unwanted books, as well, should you have any.

Worlds End Bookshop, 357 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 207 352 9376

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Librairie La Page

This French bookshop (librairie means ‘bookstore’ in French, somewhat confusingly) in South Kensington is handily opposite the tube station and close to South Kensington Books. Known as Little France, this area has a bustling French population and the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, a French primary and secondary school. So, it’s no surprise that this bookshop specialises in French-language children’s books, as well as novels, stationary, non-fiction tomes and more.

Librairie La Page, 7 Harrington Rd, Kensington, London, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 207 589 5991

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The bookHaus

Situated in the heart of Chelsea, close to Sloane Square and the King’s Road, The bookHaus is dedicated to the very best travel writing and literature from around the world. It is simply a must-visit for any world traveller and those with itchy feet. They promise to match Amazon prices on their online site, too, so why not buy directly from them instead?

The bookHaus, 70 Cadogan Pl, London, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 207 838 9055

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The European Bookshop

If languages are your thing, then The European Bookshop is the place for you. Specialising in educational texts and general books in a variety of European languages, this bookshop is a must-visit for students of languages or anyone who wants to keep up their fluency. They stock mostly French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian and Portuguese learning resources, but they also have books available in many other languages.

The European Bookshop, 123 Gloucester Road, Kensington, London, +44 (0) 207 734 5259