Located in the heart of Bloomsbury, just a Rosetta Stone’s throw from the British Museum, the London Review Bookshop has established itself as an essential part of the capital’s cultural life. Opened in 2003 by the London Review of Books, it’s a place for people who love books to meet, talk, drink excellent tea and coffee, consume delicious cake, and of course, browse.

Our selection of more than 20,000 titles ranges from the classics of world literature to the cutting edge of contemporary fiction and poetry, not forgetting a copious display of history, politics, philosophy, cookery, essays and children’s books. And our lovely shop, designed by Amanda Culpin of utility, provides the perfect setting in which to explore them all.

Our aim has always been to represent on our shelves the distinctive ethos of the Review – intelligent without being pompous; engaged without being partisan. If you aren’t able to visit us in person, we hope our website will give you a flavour of what makes the shop unique. If you are able to join us in Bury Place, we look forward to finding you the books you know you need, and more importantly, the ones you didn’t know you needed.

Don’t just take our word for it. Some of our friends and loyal customers share their thoughts about the London Review Bookshop in this short video:

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Around Bloomsbury

Bloomsbury is home to some of London’s most interesting buildings, shops, museums and galleries, as well as possessing an unparalleled literary heritage. Here’s our pick of the other places we think you should visit while you’re in the neighbourhood.

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Contact Details

Opening Hours

  • Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. — 6.30 p.m.
  • Sunday 12 p.m. — 6 p.m.

The London Review Bookshop is also available for hire; download our brochure or call (020) 7269 9030 for more information.

How to Get Here

Nearest Tube:  

  • Holborn (5 mins)
  • Tottenham Court Road (6 mins)


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Our People

Without the people who work in it, a building is just a building, however beautifully designed. Find out more here about our expert team – who they are, what they're reading, what they like and what they don't.

Natalia de la Ossa

Natalia is the manager of the London Review Bookshop. Before that, she helped to found an independent children’s bookshop called Under the Greenwood Tree, which possibly explains her enthusiasm ...


John Clegg

John navigates the Bookshop’s poetry section like a seasoned mariner (though he often runs aground on J.H. Prynne). He’s also a poet in his own right: his first collection, Antler, won an ...


Charlie Gould

Charlie has been a bookseller for over 10 years, and his father was a bookseller before him. He is privy to mysteries of the bookselling trade known only to a select few, such as the passwords ...


Gayle Lazda

Gayle used to work at Foyles, where a system of arranging books on tables is named after her. She masterminds the Bookshop windows: highlights so far have included a redesign of the London tube ...


David Lea

David was one of the founding team at the London Review Bookshop. In fact, he’s the only one of the founding team left, which in a crime novel would mean something significant. As deputy ...


Claire Williams

Claire is a bookseller and visual artist, whose artwork is frequently inspired by the books she’s reading. As the Bookshop’s events co-ordinator, she possesses charming anecdotes about all ...


Rachael Beale

Rachael is the web editor for the Bookshop site. Armed with Grammar and Good Sense, she’s equally good at wrangling words and wrangling code. She’s got a keen nose for new writing, and can ...