I am a study abroad student, so I am staying in London for only a semester (which started in January and will end in March). I will live in this wonderful city till the end of May, so I am trying to see London as much as I can. I have been going to lots of museums and galleries, strolling in parks, taking pictures of food (like the Asian way!) and watching a lot of performances. Another thing I started to do was looking for bookstores. Not Waterstones and WHSmith, which were the only bookstores recommended to me. I started to look for other bookstores in London, and I have found a few of my favorites. I hope to visit them often and buy more books before I leave. Who needs new clothes? I need to buy books!
1. Judd Books
This was my favorite bookstore that I have visited today. There was a vast collection of secondhand books inside, and the ones that were displayed outside were special offers at cheap prices! Located on Marchmont Street, Judd Books has a very quiet environment and a few people silently looking through the shelves. Leisure time was enclosed by neatly stacked books on tables and shelves, and I felt like I could just be there forever choosing those wonderful books at random and flipping through the first few pages. In a busy city like London, I thought this bookstore had the space for those who needed some peace with the smell of books. I absolutely loved this place!
2. Primrose Hill Books
This bookstore is located near Chalk Farm station, and the place was quiet and beautiful (the appearance of blue sky complemented the nice weather). No one was inside, so the owner greeted me friendly, which I quite liked. I did meet some owners who ignored their customers, unfortunately, but the owner here was nice. Primrose Hill Books sells new books as well as secondhand books, and the ones outside the stores are the ones with special offers. The place was clean and nice like the other bookstores I have been to, and a collection of books neatly displayed on shelves and tables, which I felt pleasant to see in a quiet area. I did buy a book at this bookstore called ‘The Lost Estate’ by Alain-Fournier for my dad as a present. But I’m reading it first before I give it to him. *shh* ‘Tis a secret between you and me!
3. The Cartoon Museum
Before going inside the actual museum, there is a space for a collection of children’s books and comic books that you can look through on your own time. This museum is situated where the British Museum is close by, but there are not many people who go in and out of this place. The store had a collection of comic books and graphic novels, which I loved to skim through and look around. They also had a collection of children’s books such as ‘Alice in Wonderland’ with an ornate cover. The store sells new books, gifts such as cups and unique funny postcards with vintage cartoon drawings. I might buy some of those postcards to write to my family. I was also tempted to buy the graphic novel ‘V for Vendetta’, but my wallet was empty from buying my father’s gift…
That was all for today’s bookstore hunt! Do you know other bookstores that I should go visit?
Judd Books website: http://www.juddbooks.com/
Primrose Hill Books website: http://www.primrosehillbooks.com/
Cartoon Museum website: http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/