Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare and Company was established in 1951 by George Whitman, an American in Paris, but to fully appreciate the history of this fabled bookstore, we must first rewind to 1919, when a young female entrepreneur, bookseller, and publisher named Sylvia Beach opened a bookshop in St. Germain-des-Prés.

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John Sandoe Books

John Sandoe Books

Tucked away on a quiet street off Chelsea’s bustling Kings Road, is a wonderful independent bookshop, John Sandoe Books. Remaining in the original location on Blacklands Terrace where John Sandoe first set up shop, the bookstore now spans three side by side stores acquired over a fifty year period.

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Leakey’s Bookshop

Leakey’s Bookshop

Inverness is the most northerly city in Britain and the capital of the Scottish Highlands. Here in this pretty city nestled on the banks of the Ness, you’ll find the iconic Leakey’s Bookshop, an old Gaelic church filled floor to ceiling with books. Hallelujah, I have finally found a religion worth waking up early for on Sundays!

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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 pre-loved books stacked amidst a funky bohemian ambience.

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Armchair Books, Edinburgh

Armchair Books, Edinburgh

There are a multitude of reasons why Edinburgh was crowned the first UNESCO City of Literature, from the exceptional libraries, quirky independent bookshops, and illustrious literary history, the Scottish capital is a wonderland for bibliophiles. Edinburgh has inspired the backdrop of many stories, so it’s no surprise that this city is also teeming with top notch literary haunts.

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