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London bookshop map [May. 7th, 2009|02:40 pm]
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One for the Londoners (or people who know London)...

pfig and I have been making a Google map of London bookshops; you can see it here. Anyone got any suggestions for bookshops that we've missed? No need to suggest the chain places like Waterstones.

(If you want to write one up for RGL too, that would be cool, but is entirely optional.)
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[User Picture]From: drplokta
2009-05-07 01:48 pm (UTC)

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You really need Forbidden Planet, about to be London's only specialist SF bookshop, here.
[User Picture]From: nou
2009-05-07 01:52 pm (UTC)

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Yes, we do, don't we! No idea how I managed to overlook that. Added, thanks.
[User Picture]From: sbp
2009-05-07 03:51 pm (UTC)

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Does Gosh count then?
[User Picture]From: nou
2009-05-07 09:51 pm (UTC)

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Hm, not sure. I guess graphic novels are kind-of books, so I may as well add it.
[User Picture]From: hoshuteki
2009-05-07 01:51 pm (UTC)

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Tlon Books, in the Elephant & Castle shopping centre, one of its only redeeming features. I'm not clear on what the colour coding means.
[User Picture]From: nou
2009-05-07 01:56 pm (UTC)

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That's another one I'd assumed we already had — added, thank you!

The colour coding is explained in the blurb in the left-hand column:
turquoise pointer = has an RGL entry
blue pointer = no RGL entry yet
[User Picture]From: hoshuteki
2009-05-07 02:02 pm (UTC)

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Oh, I didn't notice the explanation, but I realised what the colours meant after writing this comment and then was too lazy to double-check if my suspicion was correct, so thanks for confirming!
[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2009-05-07 02:32 pm (UTC)

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Is that open at the moment? It wasn't last time I was there.
[User Picture]From: hoshuteki
2009-05-07 02:34 pm (UTC)

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Oh that would be a pity, if it's not. I haven't been there at a time when it's been likely to be open (ie weekend) for a while...
[User Picture]From: nou
2009-05-07 02:42 pm (UTC)

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Woe. I have added a warning.
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[User Picture]From: nou
2009-05-07 09:36 pm (UTC)

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That's a shame. I've removed it, thanks.
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[User Picture]From: hoshuteki
2009-05-08 08:14 am (UTC)

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Oh that's sad!
[User Picture]From: dwagon
2009-05-07 01:52 pm (UTC)

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I assume Forbidden Planet falls under the 'no chains' rule?

There's Bookthrift, which outside South Ken station, on Thurloe Street (Streetview confirmed the name, and thinks it's at number 20/24ish).

That's the only missing one I can think of right now.
[User Picture]From: nou
2009-05-07 01:58 pm (UTC)

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It's not really a rule, more of a guideline. I've added Forbidden Planet now, and also Bookthrift; thanks!
[User Picture]From: marnameow
2009-05-07 01:59 pm (UTC)

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Does Foyles count as a chain?
[User Picture]From: nou
2009-05-07 02:01 pm (UTC)

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We had Foyles in already under Unsworths, but Unsworths appears to have moved so I'll add their new location and rename the old one to Foyles.
[User Picture]From: marnameow
2009-05-07 02:06 pm (UTC)

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Ok! In which case, there's also the Foyles in the Southbank Centre.
[User Picture]From: nou
2009-05-07 02:12 pm (UTC)

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Added, thanks! Did I get the pointer in the right place? They seem to have branches at St Pancras and Westfield too.
[User Picture]From: marnameow
2009-05-07 02:26 pm (UTC)

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Looks in the right place to me - I do find the geography of that patch of the world a little confusing, though.
[User Picture]From: catsgomiaow
2009-05-07 02:05 pm (UTC)

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Stanford's? I know it's primarily a map shop but I think it's a travel book specialist as well...
[User Picture]From: nou
2009-05-07 02:10 pm (UTC)

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Ooh, yes, good point, added, thanks. And it's even already on RGL!
[User Picture]From: addedentry
2009-05-07 02:26 pm (UTC)

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Excellent stuff! Notes from an ex-Londoner:

Murder One closed in January, apparently. Is Zwemmer still open on the other side of Charing Cross Road? Further down, there are several more (antiquarian) booksellers in Cecil Court (cecilcourt.co.uk).

There's a sheet music shop opposite Grant & Cutler: schott-music.co.uk

Finally, is it appropriate (and I don't mean that solely euphemistically) to include the sex shops with remainder books upstairs? e.g. Soho's Original Bookshop on Berwick Street. (There's a website at sohobooks.co.uk but I am at work...)
[User Picture]From: nou
2009-05-07 02:45 pm (UTC)

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Yes, Murder One has closed — have removed it, thanks. I'll look into the others!

Not sure about including sheet music... perhaps on another map.

Yes, I think it's fine to include places that do other business as well as the bookselling. I'll put a warning on the ones where the other business may not be safe for work though!

Edited to add: Hm, there appear to be nine of the Soho Books stores, and it's not clear whether they all actually sell books.

Edited again to add: I think Zwemmer might have turned into Koenig Books, which is already on the map — does that look like the location you're thinking of?

Edited yet again to add: OK, and I've added a single pointer for Cecil Court, since the shops there are all so close together and there's a website listing them all.

Edited at 2009-05-07 02:57 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: addedentry
2009-05-07 03:21 pm (UTC)

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Yes, you appear to be right about Zwemmer becoming Koenig - didn't know that.

I thought sheet music might be a little beyond your scope, although I bet they sell books too. How about comic shops? The Notting Hill Book & Comic Exchange ought to be there, if it still exists.

This is a good list including high-end rare book shops like Maggs and Quaritch which you may or may not want to include.

Other places I used to visit in my lunchtimes: you already have Persephone Books but apparently they have a second shop in Kensington; bookartbookshop is extremely cool; Magma have glossy art and photography books; and the bookshop in the ICA is excellent.

The Travel Bookshop in Notting Hill looks nice! I thought it was just a film...

The 'theatre' in Calder Books is simply their back room. I once heard an excellent Beckett reading there.
[User Picture]From: nou
2009-06-27 08:27 pm (UTC)

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Thanks again for this. I have finally finished working through that list! Next step is an exhaustive search of yell.com
[User Picture]From: sbp
2009-05-07 03:54 pm (UTC)

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If sheet music then there's a couple in Denmark Street and Boosey & Hawkes will be kicking about somewhere.

If comic books there's Orbital as well.
[User Picture]From: nou
2009-05-07 09:55 pm (UTC)

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I think I'll leave out the sheet music but keep in the graphic novel stockists. Orbital seem to have two shops in London — do you know if they both do graphic novels?
[User Picture]From: borusa
2009-05-07 03:09 pm (UTC)

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There's a second hand bookshop called "Ripping Yarns" opposite the Woodman on Archway Road. Which is fabulous: http://www.rippingyarns.co.uk/
[User Picture]From: nou
2009-05-07 03:14 pm (UTC)

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Added, thanks!
[User Picture]From: addedentry
2009-05-07 03:15 pm (UTC)

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Seconded. My acquaintances who read school stories tell me that, unfortunately, Ripping Yarns know how much they're worth.
[User Picture]From: vampwillow
2009-05-07 05:45 pm (UTC)

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"Highgate Book Shop" corner of Bisham Gardens and Highgate High Street, N6

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?msa=0&msid=107094551140970843027.000447b1e1e0444b82e66
[User Picture]From: nou
2009-05-07 09:39 pm (UTC)

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Added, thank you!
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[User Picture]From: nou
2009-05-07 09:35 pm (UTC)

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Housmans was already on there, but I've added the Infoshop, thanks!

We've already got Calders on The Cut, and yell.co.uk doesn't seem to have any others — any idea of names?
[User Picture]From: thekumquat
2009-05-07 09:27 pm (UTC)

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My Back Pages in Balham is no longer in danger of closing.
[User Picture]From: nou
2009-05-07 09:30 pm (UTC)

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Thank you — fixed!
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[User Picture]From: nou
2009-05-07 09:40 pm (UTC)

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We've already got a lot of those, and some of them (e.g. Murder One, Zwemmer) don't exist any more. I'll work through the list when I get a chance.
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[User Picture]From: nou
2009-05-07 09:56 pm (UTC)

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No, there's no need to paste it all in here, thanks :) I'll go and look at the list myself when I have enough time free to do a good chunk of it.
[User Picture]From: thewickermanuk
2009-05-14 10:18 pm (UTC)

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What an idea!