London has provided the perfect backdrop for scene setting in many a book with Covent Garden and the surrounding areas proving to be no exception. The charming passages and cobbled alleyways provide impeccable inspiration and the opportunity to get lost in your imagination as you explore the places that your much-loved characters have visited ahead of you.
A highlight of the area is Cecil Court, a secret alley full of curious old bookshops that are adorned with Victorian shop-frontages that will make you feel like you are stepping back in time. Perfect for a relaxed wander on a Sunday afternoon, the abundance of second-hand bookshops will provide that much-needed inspiration for your next read.
At the heart of Theatreland plenty of antiquarians have also found the inspiration to set up shop and it is this that has set us to think about some of our favourite bookshops to get lost in. So whether you are choosing a brand new book or a preloved first edition, Covent Garden is bursting with literary delights.
On the edge of Covent Garden and Leicester Square this exquisite bookshop specialises in signed hardback first editions. The carefully curated range of books nestled within the shelves of this will provide true escapism for any booklover, browse through the 25,000 books and choose the perfect addition for your collection. Whether you are looking to purchase your first book and start a collection or already an avid book collector, the knowledgeable team will be delighted to assist you.
Pleasures of Past Times
An interest in collecting trinkets and theatrical memorabilia during his time as a touring actor led David Drummond to eventually open a store in the heart of Theatreland which today sells books, posters, memorabilia and pieces from collections. Get lost in the antiquities of this shop and find something truly unique.
Those with inquisitive nature and desire to travel will be able to get their travel book fix in Stanfords. Established in 1853, the renowned specialist of maps, travel books and travel accessories has its flagship store in the heart of Covent Garden and is the first port of call for many an adventurer.
Head to the East Wing of Somerset House and explore the Rizzoli book collection, perfect for lovers of all things design related you can expect to find a fabulous selection of books on design, arts and crafts, food and drink, fashion, photography and interiors as well as a large collection of children’s books and stationery from up and coming British Designers.