The Best Independent Bookshops in Wandsworth

Amy Wakeham

Did you think that the Wandsworth area just amounted to Clapham Common and student nights? Think again. Indeed, the area has so many fine independent bookshops that it’s a must-see on any self-respecting book-lover’s literary tour of London.

Ash Rare Books


Specialising in antiquarian, rare and fine books, this bookshop is a true gem in South London. It was established in 1946, and carries a wide range of volumes on subjects from poetry to crime fiction. Stop off here to find one-off first editions, plus antique maps and prints for lovers of all things vintage.

Neil Pearson Rare Books

Bookstore, Shop

Nestled in Clapham Old Town, Neil Pearson Rare Books is a bookshop dedicated to unusual, hard-to-find and first edition books. A specialist in 19th and 20th century literature, Neil Pearson founded the shop as place to house his extensive collections of rare books. Although the shop is by appointment only, it is well worth organising a visit if you’re a literature aficionado.

Clapham Books


Located on the fringes on Clapham Common, practically on the park, Clapham Books offers a great hand-picked selection of fiction, children’s books and art books. It’s perfect for perusing after brunch and before a walk on the Common. If you’re in the area, Clapham Books also holds many literary events, including children’s storytime and book launches.

Hanshan Tang Books


For fans of the literature and art of East, South East and Central Asia, Hanshan Tang Books is a must-visit destination in South London. It’s by appointment only, but the bookstore stocks a wide range of antiquarian, new and second-hand books. From Chinese art to Japanese sculpture, this should be the first stop for devotees of the field.

h Century Comics


Small but wonderfully characterful, 30th Century Comics is an independent store dedicated to comic books and cult fiction. It specialises in vintage publications, including old, vintage American & British comics, annuals and books. With well over 100,000 items in stock, this should be the first port of call for all comic book lovers.
culture trip left arrow
 culture trip brand logo

Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip

meet our Local Insider


women sitting on iceberg


2 years.


It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.


I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!

culture trip logo letter c
group posing for picture on iceberg
group posing for picture on iceberg

Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.

map of volcanic iceland trip destination points
culture trip brand logo
culture trip right arrow
landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.


Holiday Sale Offers on Our Trips

Incredible Savings

Edit article