8 Independent Bookshops You Need to Visit During #IBW2016

There’s nothing like a bookshop. The smell, the quiet, the atmosphere, the BOOKS. And there are no better bookshops than indies. Perfectly curated, knowledgeable and enthusiastic booksellers and wonderful events – they’ve got it all.


This week in the UK, the publishing and bookselling world are celebrating Independent Bookshop Week!

It’s basically an excuse to shout about your favourite indies and spend all your money in them! Our kind of celebration, tbh.

Here are some of our favourite indie bookshops.

Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights


BATH. This indie caters to reading lists for the universities, has an impressive children’s and YA section and a gorgeous array of general fiction. You can also get a Reading Spa where you sit down with a bookseller for an hour and they will curate a pile of books personally suited to you!

Toppings and Co.


BATH, ELY & ST ANDREWS. As well as general fiction, non-fiction, academic and a wonderfully curated YA section, Toppings hosts lots of signings and events so you’re bound to find plenty of signed copies, all wrapped up in a clear plastic package. They also offer you free tea and coffee while you browse!

Daunt Books


LONDON. Daunt Books has a few branches across London, but this one, the original in Marylebone, is completely gorgeous. They mainly focus on travel books, but they have a gorgeous selection of everything. Plus, their tote bags are a reader’s staple – they’re everywhere.



LONDON. The new Charing Cross Road branch of Foyles is completely stunning. Light, airy and huge, Foyles has everything you could want, whether it be YA, poetry, a classic, or the latest biography. You won’t leave here without a new book.

Persephone Books


LONDON. This gorgeous one-of-a-kind bookshop is also a publisher. Persephone publish and sell out of print and lesser known female authors from the 20th, and occasionally 19th, century. They’re all packaged in a sleek, grey jacket with beautifully bright endpapers.

And for you international MP!ers, here are a few of favourite non-UK indies. 

Strand Bookstore


NEW YORK CITY. Strand has 18 miles of books and they cover every genre you could possibly think of, both new and used. Plus, there’s a dedicated rare book room for when you’re feeling a bit flush…

Shakespeare and Company


PARIS, FRANCE. The name would have been enough to sway us, but throw in that it’s in Paris and that over the years that it’s been open, many famous authors have slept in the bookshop – SOLD. We just think that’s cool.

The Last Bookstore

the last bookstore

LOS ANGELES. The Last Bookstore is one of the biggest indie bookstores and it’s amazing. The bookstore also shares its space with records. Plus, it has one of coolest layouts ever, and a LABYRINTH.

You can follow the fun on Twitter with the hashtag #IBW2016.

Let us know your favourite independent bookshop at @maximumpopbooks!

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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