I & we hit so many bookstores and literary landmarks this week, it was awesome! Tomorrow we are off to sci-fi weekender which I hope will also be fun 😊
Here’s a few of the bookstores and landmarks we went to, and most of the book haul I ended up with this week!
Cecil Court is full of old books, antiques, maps, art stores, a few actual gaslamps, and so much more. I’m sharing this one first because I found my coolest book acquisition in the Goldsboro Books discount bin…
How cool is that, a Tchaikovsky Arc!
I also found a few other paperbacks up around that area, including at Any Amount of Books, a great little used bookstore with a small but spicy SFF collection in the basement 😃
Besides that, I went to Foyles and found a bunch of Paddington books that I’m going to gift out to family and friends with young kids! I loved the Foyles store but the American History section was a joke, apparently they think our entire history is Trump 🤣
A cool store to roam around though.
I also went to both Hatchard’s and Blackfriars Bridge because of the Shadowhunters books, no regrets there at all. Bride’s Church is the only landmark I didn’t bother tracking down!
Hatchard’s is a beautiful store with all the books ever, but I didn’t buy anything
We also obviously saw at least four Waterstones, where I didn’t buy anything but my excellent book crawling buddy found a few new SFF reads to load up on.
Lastly, Forbidden Planet is absolutely deadly. I say forever and ever that the UK has better editions than the US. I mean y’all’s covers are beautiful and if I had a million dollars and unlimited packing space I’d be in serious trouble! That said, I bought two signed editions from their lovely collection of books and have no regrets there. They won’t quite match my US editions but that’s ok!
There were a few other bookstores, literary statues, a George Orwell themed pubs, and many other places to go and see too. I would 100% recommend the British Library. Obviously King’s Cross Station 9 3/4 is a must see for Potter fans, as well as the Mina Lina museum/store which is up near Foyle’s somewhere. There’s so much to do literary wise in London that I could write three posts about it.
Leicester Square was fun too, movie and literary statues all over!
Anyway, I barely scratched the surface here but off to a good start!
Where have you traveled or wanted to travel to that has good literary destinations??