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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)
You really need Forbidden Planet, about to be London's only specialist SF bookshop, here.
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[User Picture]From: nou
2009-05-07 01:52 pm (UTC)
Yes, we do, don't we! No idea how I managed to overlook that. Added, thanks.
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[User Picture]From: hoshuteki
2009-05-07 01:51 pm (UTC)
Tlon Books, in the Elephant & Castle shopping centre, one of its only redeeming features. I'm not clear on what the colour coding means.
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[User Picture]From: nou
2009-05-07 01:56 pm (UTC)
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
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[User Picture]From: dwagon
2009-05-07 01:52 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: nou
2009-05-07 01:58 pm (UTC)
It's not really a rule, more of a guideline. I've added Forbidden Planet now, and also Bookthrift; thanks!
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[User Picture]From: marnameow
2009-05-07 01:59 pm (UTC)
Does Foyles count as a chain?
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[User Picture]From: nou
2009-05-07 02:01 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: catsgomiaow
2009-05-07 02:05 pm (UTC)
Stanford's? I know it's primarily a map shop but I think it's a travel book specialist as well...
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[User Picture]From: nou
2009-05-07 02:10 pm (UTC)
Ooh, yes, good point, added, thanks. And it's even already on RGL!
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[User Picture]From: addedentry
2009-05-07 02:26 pm (UTC)
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...)
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[User Picture]From: nou
2009-05-07 02:45 pm (UTC)
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)
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[User Picture]From: borusa
2009-05-07 03:09 pm (UTC)
There's a second hand bookshop called "Ripping Yarns" opposite the Woodman on Archway Road. Which is fabulous: http://www.rippingyarns.co.uk/
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[User Picture]From: nou
2009-05-07 03:14 pm (UTC)
Added, thanks!
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[User Picture]From: nou
2009-05-07 09:39 pm (UTC)
Added, thank you!
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[User Picture]From: nou
2009-05-07 09:35 pm (UTC)
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?
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[User Picture]From: thekumquat
2009-05-07 09:27 pm (UTC)
My Back Pages in Balham is no longer in danger of closing.
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[User Picture]From: nou
2009-05-07 09:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you — fixed!
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[User Picture]From: nou
2009-05-07 09:40 pm (UTC)

Re: from Library Thing local

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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