Best bookshops in London for kids
- 1 Best bookshops in London for kids
- 2 1. Children’s Bookshop
- 3 2. Pickled Pepper Books
- 4 3. Discover Children’s Story Centre
- 5 4. Daunt Books
- 6 5. Lutyens & Rubinstein
- 7 6. The Alligator’s Mouth
- 8 7. Tales on Moon Lane Children’s Bookshop
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Do your kids love books? Mine love to read and plough through books alarmingly fast (you can see some of the books that they love here and here). Buying books when we lived in Mexico was tricky; few bookshops stocked kids’ books in English and so relied on family to bring out the latest releases. Now that we’re back in England the kids are thrilled by the number of amazing bookstores that there are in London. And we’re not just talking about the big chains such as Waterstones that generally have very good children’s sections. No, what the kids are most excited about are the number of bookshops just for children staffed by informed, knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff. The following are some of our favourite bookshops in London for kids and others that we’re planning to visit very soon.
1. Children’s Bookshop
Located in Muswell Hill, this is the closest children’s bookshop to us and the kids absolutely love it! It’s an independent, family-owned bookstore that’s been going since 1974 and is packed with books for children of all ages. What I really like about this place is that the staff really know their books. Every time the big kids go in there and ask for recommendations, they come away with another favourite book and author – there are also plenty of picturebooks to keep Sam happy! The Children’s Bookshop hosts regular events with big-name authors such as Cressida Cowell and Liz Pichon.
The Children’s Bookshop, 29 Fortis Green Rd, London, N10 3HP
2. Pickled Pepper Books
This is the second closest bookstore for us and another firm favourite. Located in Crouch End, Pickled Pepper Books has a well curated selection of books, knowledgeable staff and plenty of space to sit and read. What we really love about this bookshop, however, are the weekly events that include author readings, storytelling sessions and craft events including illustration workshops. Even more exciting is the new addition to the bookstore – Pickled Pepper now has its very own theatre space. Shows, ranging from baby sensory to performance poetry, are held at the weekends for a range of ages. It’s a wonderful space and well worth a visit.
Pickled Pepper Books, 10 Middle Lane, Crouch End, London, N8 8PL
3. Discover Children’s Story Centre
The Discover Children’s Story Centre in Stratford is a really fun space for children, particularly young kids, to discover the magic of books and reading.There’s a book-themed play area and the centre hosts regular interactive exhibitions celebrating the best in children’s books. When we visited they had an exhibition celebrating all the stories of Julia Donaldson and we got to sit in Charlie Cook’s living room before exploring some of her best-known tales. The exhibition, A World Inside a Book: Gruffalos, Dragons and Other Creatures, is running until January 2019 – just make sure you book in advance. The centre also has a very good book shop on the ground floor that stocks a huge range of books, particularly for young kids (it’s not got a big selection for children aged 11 and over). You can visit the bookshop without visiting the rest of the centre but I’d definitely recommend visiting both.
Discover Children’s Story Centre, 383-387 High Street, Stratford, London E15 4QZ
4. Daunt Books
Ok, so Daunt Books is not a dedicated children’s bookshop but I’ve included this much-loved chain is one of my favourites and the kids love it too. The flagship store on Marylebone High Street is my favourite and one of the prettiest buildings in London. Books, whether they’re fiction or non-fiction, travel guide, novel or historical, are arranged principally by country. And, if you’re looking for something to fuel your wanderlust, then their collection of travel books is incredible. As for kids, the children’s section is not enormous but it is really well curated with something for everyone. The staff are all really knowledgeable but some more than others when it comes to the kids’ section. Still, it’s an amazing bookstore to spend time with books to browse for everyone in the family.
Daunt Books, 83 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4QW
5. Lutyens & Rubinstein
Another book store that is not solely for children but deserves a mention because it is a truly wonderful bookshop is Lutyens & Rubinstein. Located in Notting Hill, the shop was opened by two friends and business partners who wanted to sell the kind of books that they and their friends loved to read. There’s a fabulous children’s section that stocks a mixture of new titles and classics that mums, dads and grandparents will remember. Definitely one to visit if you’re in the neighbourhood (or even if you aren’t!).
Lutyens & Rubinstein, 21 Kensington Park Road, London, W11 2EU
6. The Alligator’s Mouth
We haven’t made it to The Alligator’s Mouth in Richmond yet but I’ve heard great things about this children’s bookshop. The staff are reportedly very friendly and enthusiastic and, most importantly, knowledgeable about books! The store holds regular events with authors and illustrators suitable for all ages, story time, comics club and teen bookclub. Their collection of books ranges from picture books for babies to young adult novels. Their website also has a great page with recommended books that is updated regularly.
The Alligator’s Mouth, 2a Church Court, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1JL
7. Tales on Moon Lane Children’s Bookshop
Located in Herne Hill, south London,Tales on Moon Lane is a much-loved children’s bookshop. So much so, in fact, that they opened a second store this year in Forest Hill. This is the kind of bookstore that makes kids fall in love with reading; filled with baby books, beautiful picture books, novels, non-fiction and more for children of all ages. It also just looks magical and the kind of shop that you want to sit and enjoy for hours. Tales on Moon Lane organise regular events including weekly story time, readings with authors, book launches and more.
Tales on Moon Lane, 25 Half Moon Lane, Herne Hill, London, SE24 9JU
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