The Kew Bookshop

This month’s Bookshop of the Month is the gorgeous The Kew Bookshop. The shop’s outward façade stands out beautifully on the leafy and photogenic Station Approach behind Kew Gardens Station, just a 5-minute walk from the Royal Botanic Gardens. It’s not a big shop but inside it is bright and inviting, drawing you in to the nooks and crannies to get a better look. The booksellers are friendly and knowledgeable, and the books are carefully chosen with the customer in mind. Like all good independent bookshop’s, The Kew Bookshop is a hub within the community with an excellent relationship with local schools, championing children’s books and reading, whilst also hosting author events and book launches. Next time you’re in the area make sure you take some time out to browse and discover your next great read!

We caught up with owner, Adam Hewson, who also owns The Sheen Bookshop, to ask him a few questions:

1. Congratulations on being chosen as our November Bookshop of the Month! We’ve talked a bit about you and the shop but how would you describe The Kew Bookshop in three words?
Welcoming, customer-focused, knowledgeable

2. Where is your favourite spot in the store?
In front of the history section- in a tiny shop like ours, it is the perfect vantage point to see the customers for chats and recommendations and there are fab books behind you!

3. Where do you like to read?  
Ah, the famous question answered so wonderfully by Italo Calvino in ‘If on a Winter’s Night, A Traveller’. Any opportunity really, but with a gin in the garden is quite un-improvable.

4. If you weren’t a bookseller what would you be? 
Had I done the training, perhaps archaeology (although I’m certain I would be wishing I was a bookseller.)

5. Excluding The Kew Bookshop – What is your favourite bookshop?
Obviously, The Sheen Bookshop, as that is my other shop, but were I to choose another, I would opt for John Sandoe Books in Chelsea, an emporium of books indeed!

The Kew Bookshop can be found at:
1-2 Station Approach

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Bookstore of the Week – The Owl Bookshop

Owl Bookshop

Today we are celebrating a lovely little independent in Kentish Town; The Owl Bookshop.

The Owl Bookshop opened in 1974 and offers a wonderful range of classic and current titles. They have a fantastic (and big!) children’s section, making it a hit with the local community. Plus, there are armchairs to help you relax while you mull over your choices.

Brought by Daunt Books in 2010 when the former owner Kevin Ramage has moved to Aberfeldy in Scotland. But James Daunt chose to keep the Owl’s identity and as such it hasn’t lost its own brand of charm or its authenticity.

Owl Bookshop Logo

The Owl has earned its reputation as one of the best bookshops in North London through its range of fiction and non-fiction, but it also offers next day ordering, school supply and a carefully selected range of DVDs (predominately cult classics) and stationery. It is so much more than just a bookshop.

But don’t take our word for it; its character speaks for itself through glowing reviews:

“One of the best bookshops in North London, with a wide range of books and knowledgeable staff, it has a pleasant atmosphere and good author events.” Amanda Craig[1]

“Owl Bookshop is a fantastic independent selling new books, as well as cards, wrapping paper, calendars and so on. It’s surprisingly large for an indie, and very airy and spacious.” Tom Bell[2]

Trading for more than four decades, the Owl Bookshop covers everything from food and drink to fiction, all judiciously laid out. It is an invaluable local resource in this colourful part of North London.

Kentish Town

Three cheers to The Owl Bookshop!

Find them at:

209 Kentish Town Road, London, United Kingdom

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020 7485 7793

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Little tip; customers who join the Owl’s loyalty scheme get discount and a newsletter with information about events and offers.


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