Last week we visited the Amsterdam book scene. Today, it’s London!
The land of castles, churches, and huge upright rocks (among other things) did not disappoint where books are concerned. Bookstores were a little thinner on the ground, but since I was in pretty touristy areas, this does not surprise me. I did find this adorable specimen, Book Warehouse (again, clicking any picture will enlarge it):
So many books on display! They also had a pretty good sale table out front, but the inside is air conditioned. I know this because they advertise it on their window. Perhaps a new selling point for Vroman’s?
The other thing about London was that there were book billboards everywhere. Sure, there’s some places in LA where you can go see maybe two or three book billboards, but the majority of them are for movies or products. In London, the books held their own with stage shows, restaurants, and perfumes, advertising everything from The Time Traveler’s Wife to The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.
London’s Smallest Bookstore (Stop Me and Buy One), located near the Millennium Bridge when I ran into it, which sold used paperbacks and the occasional hardcover for £2.50 (about $3.80). The titles on sale were almost exclusively books I’d heard of or read myself: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (hardcover!), The Road, The Blind Assassin, The Selfish Gene, and The Girl who Played with Fire (seriously, that series is getting ridiculously huge), among many others. Great selection for £2.50!
Next time, last but certainly not least: Paris!