I've been haranguing my London Walks colleagues for their favourite London Bookshops and I'll be sharing their recommendations here on The Daily Constitutional. Be sure to ask them for directions to their favourite bookshops at the end of their London Walks tours!
Award-winning LW guide & Daily Constitutional Associate Editor Kim writes…
There are some great bookshops in London but don't forget the Museums and Galleries for more specialist interest. And given that I spend more and more of my life tramping London's streets and learning more and more about our great City then where better to spend a few hours of book browsing than the Museum of London shop?
There are plenty of souvenirs here - serious ones that are usually connected to the current exhibition (Great Fire of London at the moment) and loads for kids to buy with their pocket money on school trips - but there is also a great selection of books and they are ALL about London. So, no need to seek out the one bookshelf hidden away with "travel" somewhere in the store, it's just all wonderfully laid out and inviting you in.
What's more the staff are informed and informative. I've often told them exactly what I need in the firm belief that the book doesn't yet exist and they will usually be able to recommend something that at least has exactly the right chapter for my delight.
The best bit here is that because it's just a bookstore about London you don't have to go miles to the children's section as it's right there beside the adults. And do not under any circumstances turn up your nose at kids' books. They are fantastically interesting for the goriest, more disgusting details you could ever want, which is ideal for all those walks with school groups and families.
The only thing not to love here is that I never have enough time. I'm on my way to another job as I pass by or have a deadline to meet with research. One day I will retire and it will all be waiting for me and it will probably be even bigger and better than now as the Museum of London is set to move to a more modern and larger building in Smithfield. I'm looking forward to it immensely - for the bookstore as much as the exhibits.
The Museum Of London is here…
About your correspondent…
Kim, who has worked in the House of Commons and the European Parliament, is another 24-carat Blue Badge Guide: she won the London Tourist Board's Guide of the Year award in 2001.
Among her favourite London books Kim includes London by Edward Rutherford and the Discovering London series.
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