Armchair Books, Edinburgh

Armchair Books, Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a wonderland for bibliophiles. There are a myriad of reasons why the Scottish capital was named the first UNESCO City of Literature, with its exceptional libraries, quirky independent bookshops, and illustrious literary history.

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Leakey’s Bookshop, Inverness

Leakey’s Bookshop, Inverness

Leakey’s Bookshop is possibly my favourite bookshop ever. Located in Inverness, the  most northerly city in the United Kingdom and capital of the Scottish Highlands, this one of a kind bookshop is literally an old Gaelic church filled with books. Hallelujah, finally a religion worth waking up early for on Sundays!

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John Sandoe Books, Chelsea

John Sandoe Books, Chelsea

Tucked away on a quiet street just steps from Chelsea’s stylish Kings Road is where you’ll find wonderful independent bookshop, John Sandoe Books. The bookshop still remains in it’s original location on Blacklands Terrace, now spanning three shops that were acquired over the space of fifty years.

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Word on the Water, London Book Barge

Word on the Water, London Book Barge

A once wandering 1920’s barge has taken up permanent residence along York Way on London’s Granary Square, just a short walk from Kings Cross and the British Library. Yet, this is no ordinary passenger barge, it’s a floating bookshop called Word on the Water – a trove of new and used books stacked amidst a funky bohemian ambience. True literature lovers surely have a floating bookshop on their bucket list? The sultry tones of jazz floated through the air as I walked towards the barge.

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Shakespeare and Co Bookshop, Paris

Shakespeare and Co Bookshop, Paris

Shakespeare and Co is an independent English language bookshop that has hosted a myriad of creatives over the past seventy years as the inadvertent home of the Anglo-American literary community in Paris. A treasure trove of coloured spines, velvet chairs, and wall to wall shelves with books squeezed into every possible nook and cranny.

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