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Secondhand and Antiquarian Bookshops in the UK 2018

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Motor Books, Cecil Court - closed.
Photo Books International, Bloomsbury - closed.
Bertram Rota, Long Acre - closed.

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Appointment necessary

Map of Central

We have grouped London's bookshops by postal district, and have therefore only included WC and EC (West Central and East Central) addresses in our "Central" district. This does mean that shops sometimes thought of as being in "Central London", will appear in the other districts of our guide.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure these details are correct, we recommend that you contact each individual bookshop before travelling any distance.  Add a Bookshop

Any Amount of Books
56 Charing Cross Road
CHARING CROSS  London  WC2H 0QA   map
tel: 020 7836 3697  web
Open: 7 days 10.30 - 9.30.
Rare books, first editions, modern literature, art, poetry, scholarly/academic books, antiquarian, leather bound sets, general stock. We buy large collections of books anywhere in the known world.

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Arthur Probsthain
41 Great Russell Street
BLOOMSBURY  London  WC1B 3PE   map
tel: 020 7636 1096  e-mail
Open: Monday - Friday 9.30 - 5.30 Saturday 12.00 - 4.00.
We stock a selection of great classics and also new books which have just been published. Each country or subject is separated which makes it an enjoyable browse. At our main branch we focus on art, (painting, architecture, ceramics, etc) music, film, religion, languages, literature and culture from China, Japan, South-east Asia, The Middle East, Africa, India and South Asia.

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Atlantis Bookshop
49a Museum Street
BLOOMSBURY  London  WC1A 1LY   map
tel: 020 7405 2120  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 11.00 - 6.00.
Occult, mind, body & spirit.

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Bookmarks
1 Bloomsbury Street
BLOOMSBURY  London  WC1B 3QE   map
tel: 020 7637 1848  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 7.00.
Our range of books covers politics, economics, trade unionism, labour history, the environment, black struggle, women, culture, fiction, radical kid's books and much more. New and secondhand.

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Bryars and Bryars
7 Cecil Court
CHARING CROSS  London  WC2N 4EZ   map
tel: 020 7836 1910  e-mail  web
Open: Monday-Saturday 11.00 - 6.00.
Rare and antiquarian books, maps and prints. Specialising in early printing, classical texts and translations, atlases and books with maps, early maps of all regions, illustrated travels, and antique topographical and natural history prints.

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Camden Lock Books
Old Street Station
4 Saint Agnes Well  
THE CITY  London  EC1Y 1BE    map
tel: 02072 530666 02072 530 666  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Friday 8.30 - 7.00, Saturday 12.00 - 5.30.
We have a back room with great general secondhand,collectable, antiquarian, photographic, travel, fine bindings, literature, first editions, art, fashion, sport, military, ephemera, architecture, miniatures, childrens', natural history, and local history books. Camden Lock Books, located in Old Street Station, is also one of the Capitals most iconic independent new bookshops(+ dealership in ECM Jazz CDs).

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Collinge and Clark
13 Leigh Street
BLOOMSBURY  London  WC1H 9EW   map
tel: 020 7387 7105  web
Open: Monday - Friday 11.00 - 6.30.
Private press, typography, British history.

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Goldsboro Books
23-27 Cecil Court
CHARING CROSS  London  WC2N 4EZ   map
tel: 020 7497 9230  fax: 020 7497 9230  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 6.00.
Goldsboro Books are the UK's leading specialist in first edition, signed books in all areas of fiction.

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Henry Pordes Books Ltd
58-60 Charing Cross Road
CHARING CROSS  London  WC2H 0BB   map
tel: 020 7836 9031  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 7.00.
The arts, cinema, music and theatre.

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Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers
46 Great Russell Street
BLOOMSBURY  London  WC1B 3PA   map
tel: 020 7631 4220  web
Open: Monday - Friday 10.30 - 5.30.
Dickens first editions, the Romantics & theatre.

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Judd Books
82 Marchmont Street
BLOOMSBURY  London  WC1N 1AG   map
tel: 020 7387 5333  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 11.00 - 7.00, Sunday 12.00 - 6.00.
We have a very large stock of used, remaindered and academic books especially in architecture, history and philosophy.

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Maggs Bros Ltd
48 Bedford Square
BLOOMSBURY  London  WC1B 3DR   map
tel: 020 7493 7160  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Friday 9.30 - 5.00.
Situated in a Georgian townhouse on the south side of Bedford Square, our new premises will feature three showrooms across two floors, exhibiting books and manuscripts from our nine diverse areas of expertise. Customers are invited to browse at both premises but please be aware that appointments are recommended if you wish to view any specific items or meet with any individual member of staff.

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Marchpane
16 Cecil Court
CHARING CROSS  London  WC2N 4HE   map
tel: 020 7836 8661  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.30 - 6.00.
Children's and illustrated books. ABA & PBFA member.

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Oxfam Bookshop
12 Bloomsbury Street
BLOOMSBURY  London  WC1B 3QA   map
tel: 020 7637 4610  web
Open: 7 days 10.00 - 6.00.

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Paper and Cup
18 Calvert Avenue
SHOREDITCH  London  E2 7JP   map
tel: 0207 739 5358  web
Open: Monday - Friday 8.00 - 6.00, Saturday 9.00 - 6.00, Sunday 10.00 - 5.00.
Social enterprise coffee shop selling cakes, snacks, second-hand books and local artists' works.

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Peter Ellis
18 Cecil Court
CHARING CROSS  London  WC2N 4HE   map
tel: 020 7836 8880  web
Open: Monday - Friday 10.30 - 7.00, Saturday 10.30 - 5.30.
Modern firsts, literature, illustrated, history. ABA member.

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Pleasures of Past Times
11 Cecil Court
CHARING CROSS  London  WC2N 4EZ   map
tel: 020 7836 1142  e-mail  web
Open: Thursday - Saturday 11.00 - 6.00. (Tuesday & Wednesday - ring the shop bell.)
Books, playbills and bygones of the performing arts, also illustrated and children's books pre 1940, Victoriana and postcards.

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Quinto and Francis Edwards
72 Charing Cross Road
CHARING CROSS  London  WC2H 0BL   map
tel: 020 7379 7669  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 9.00, Sunday 12.00 - 8.00.
We stock a wide range of second-hand, antiquarian and rare books on all subjects. Our ground floor is home to Francis Edwards Antiquarian Booksellers, specialists in rare and antiquarian books since 1855.

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Skoob
66 The Brunswick
BLOOMSBURY  London  WC1N 1AE   map
tel: 020 7278 8760  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.30 - 8.00 (and Bank Holidays), Sunday 10.30 - 6.00.
London's broadest selection of secondhand academic books, the UK's widest range in philosophy and large collections of modern literature, art, history, politics, economics, classics, science and technology.

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SOAS Bookshop (Arthur Probsthain)
School of Oriental & African Studies
Brunei Gallery  Thornhaugh Street (off Russell Square) 
BLOOMSBURY  London  WC1H 0XG   map
tel: 020 7898 4470  web
Open: Monday - Friday 9.30 - 5.30 (Saturday 12.00 - 4 .00, term time only: October - March)
Specialising in books on: Africa, anthropology, Central Asia, China, development studies, economics, ethnomusicology, India, Islam, Japan, languages, Middle East, politics, religion, Southeast Asia, SOAS coursepacks & publications.

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Spink and Son Ltd
69 Southampton Row
Bloomsbury 
BLOOMSBURY  London  WC1B 4ET   map
tel: 020 7563 4000  web
Numismatics, stamps & banknotes.

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Stephen Poole Fine Books
10 Cecil Court
CHARING CROSS  London  WC2N 4EZ   map
tel: 020 7836 0999
Open: Monday - Friday 10.00 - 6.00, Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
Literary first editions of the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Storeys Ltd
1 & 3 Cecil Court
CHARING CROSS  London  WC2N 4EZ   map
tel: 020 7836 3777  fax: 020 7836 3788  
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 6.00.
Antiquarian engravings, maps and prints.

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The Witch Ball
2 Cecil Court
CHARING CROSS  London  WC2N 4HE   map
tel: 020 7836 2922  fax: 020 7836 2922  e-mail
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.30 - 6.30.
Antiquarian print shop, specialists in the performing arts.

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Tindley and Everett
4 Cecil Court
CHARING CROSS  London  WC2N 4HE   map
tel: 020 7240 2161  fax: 020 7379 1062  
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.30 - 5.00.
Twentieth Century first editions and architecture. PBFA member.

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Travis and Emery Books on Music
17 Cecil Court
CHARING CROSS  London  WC2N 4EZ   map
tel: 020 7240 2129  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.15 - 6.45, Sunday 12.00 - 6.00.
New and old books on music, secondhand and antiquarian music, opera programmes, prints and photographs, prints, playbills, libretti. ABA & PBFA member.

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Treadwell's
33 Store Street
Bloomsbury 
BLOOMSBURY  London  WC2E 7PS   map
tel: 0207 419 8507  e-mail  web
Open: Week days11.00 - 7.00, Weekends:12.00 - 7.00.
Treadwell's bookshop is undoubtedly the most magical bookshop in London. It specialises in History, Mythology, Neopaganism, Wicca literature, Anthropology, Comparative Religions and more. In addition to its rare collection of written texts, herbs and incenses, Treadwell's also runs a successful series of events where clusters of academics, poets, artists and practitioners gather together to discuss philosophical matters until the early hours of the morning.

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Waterstone's Booksellers
82 Gower Street
BLOOMSBURY  London  WC1E 6EQ   map
tel: 020 7636 1577  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 8.30 - 9.00, Sunday 12.00 - 6.00.
Large remaindered academic stock and a small selection of secondhand titles.

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Watkins Books Ltd
19 & 21 Cecil Court
CHARING CROSS  London  WC2N 4NH   map
tel: 020 7836 2182
Specialists in Mysticism, Eastern Religions, Alternative Medicine, Astrology, Magick, Jungian Psychology, Wicca, Yoga & Contemporary Spirituality.

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Wildy & Sons Ltd
Lincoln's Inn Archway
Carey Street 
LINCOLN'S INN  London  WC2A 2JD   map
tel: 020 7242 5778
Lawbooks, criminology, true crime.

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