There are many bookshops in London, including a variety of large chain stores and smaller independent outlets. If you’re staying in Chelsea, then you’re close to some of the city’s very best offerings, perfect for some bookworm browsing…
This book shop giant has a large branch in Chelsea, located on the trendy Kings Road. A visit to Waterstone’s is a fantastic option if you’re on the lookout for a wide range of mainstream books, or simply fancy ordering something in from the company’s vast inventory.
Whilst it’s not the most unusual of book-hunting experiences, it can prove fruitful – particularly if you already know what you’re looking for while staying at a Chelsea hotel in London.
Worlds End Bookshop
Founded in 1986, here you’ll find a wide range of fantastic second-hand and speciality books in Chelsea’s King’s Road.
There’s everything from vintage poetry books to unusual music finds, and the shop also sells books for you – so if there’s a retro item you’re eager to sell, this is a great place to pass it along to a new buyer.
South Kensington Books
A delightful book shop in Kensington, South Kensington Books is close to many of the area’s key sights including the Natural History Museum and the V&A.
There’s been a bookshop here since the ’40s, and today’s bookshop offers some specialised tomes covering subjects such as photography, architecture and the creative arts. In addition, here you’ll find a selection of great reads on topics including booking, history and music.
An inspiring space which calls out for a leisurely browse, this is also within east reach of your Chelsea hotel in London.
Librairie La Page
A French bookshop located in South Kensington, this is a great find for anyone staying at a hotel next to Harrods. Situated opposite a nearby tube station, the surrounding area is noted for its French stores and population, and this shop blends right in.
Selling French-language books, you’ll be able to locate everything from fiction to biographies, all written in or translated to French.
The European Bookshop
For fans of language books, a trip to the European Bookshop is a wonderful way to indulge your interest. The store is dedicated largely to books on education, including items which focus on European language-learning.
It’s a great space to brush up on your language skills, with the range largely focusing on Russian, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Portuguese translations and resources. However, there’s many more books which cover a wide variety of languages.
An upscale take on book shopping, Daunt Books offers a carefully selected range of books for true bookworms to enjoy! It’s a beautiful shop aesthetically, and run by true fans of the written word, so if you’re looking for a particular item, they’ll be happy to help. It’s worth noting that popular items tend to sell out fast, as the store is popular with avid readers throughout the city.