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Word on the Street: 4 Great Bookstores

Word on the Street: 4 Great Bookstores in Great Britain

Word on the Street: 4 Great Bookstores in Great Britain

Where to find good reads in Great Britain


The new Foyles flagship location on London’s Charing Cross Road is an impeccably designed literary heaven. The 112-year-old bookstore, which once held the record as the world’s biggest, still claims the largest range of books in the U.K. It’s a welcome place to get lost. 107 Charing Cross Rd., London;

Mr. B.’s Emporium of Reading Delights

A claw-foot tub book display, Tintin comic wallpaper, and toilets covered in reviews make Mr. B’s Emporium in Bath a standout go-to for bibliophiles. Head to the shop for an author discussion, or opt for some quiet time in a rentable reading booth. 14-15 John St., Bath;


The airy light-wood aesthetic will remind you of a Scandinavian shop. You’ll find beautiful desk accessories at this Bristol gem—everything from brass pencil sharpeners to dyed-fabric notebooks—as well as an impressive array of local and international zines. 6A Boyces Ave., Bristol;

Richard Booth’s Bookshop

Tucked in the center of Hay-on-Wye (page 60), Richard Booth’s Bookshop offers a comprehensive selection of reads. Peruse new and vintage collections (we found a first-edition James Baldwin!) before grabbing toast with jam at the café followed by a movie in the cinema down the hall. 44 Lion St., Hay-on-Wye; 

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