Bookstore Of The Week | Koenig Books Ltd

For our Bookstore of the Week are are taking you on a tour of Koenig Books Ltd, this is THE place for art, architecture and photography books and thoroughly deserving of the accolade Bookstore Of The Week.

Koenig Books Ltd Charing Cross Road

An inspiring, German-owned independent bookshop specialising in art, architecture and photography books Koenig Books is a European institution. In London they have three branches; the original London branch is based in the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park, a small branch in the Whitechapel Gallery and, our favourite, the newest store on Charing Cross Road. The latter is done out stylishly in black and every book is given space to show off its beautiful facade; books are displayed with their covers rather than spines facing out.

Koenig Books Ltd Inside

Koenig are known for their huge selection of interesting coffee table books, on topics like art, fashion and design. But they also stock a great collection of non-fiction titles on art theory and a good selection of rare magazines. It’s also a good place to find independent books by small publishers, handmade titles and zines.

It’s luxurious displays and wonderful selection of books cater to all price ranges and they always have a good selection of books at reduced prices in the basement. Plus, all of the London branches of Koenig have full access to the stock of mammoth arts bookshop Buchhandlung Walther Koenig in Cologne, so if you can’t find what you want they can order it in for you!

If you are interested in the arts this is a bookshop not to be missed, we always find ourselves delighted and mesmerised by their selection of books. Have you visited? Let us know what you thought!

Find them at:

80 Charing Cross Road
London
WC2H 0BB

11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Bookstore Of the Week | Clapham Books

From Clapham, with Love.

Clapham Books

This week we are taking a trip to the South London for our Bookstore of the Week.

Found alongside Clapham Common, Clapham Books is a gorgeous little independent bookshop offering a great hand-picked selection of fiction, children’s and art books. They also regularly host events, including author appearances and signings, and for little readers Picture books storytime!  

The store is light, airy and organised with great care. If you can’t find what you are looking for, or need some ideas, the friendly and knowledgeable staff are always on hand to help.

Recently featured in the Guardian’s Local Bookshop Guide as part of their Best New Children’s Books Summer 2015 supplement, it’s clear we are not the only ones who have fallen in love with this shop! You only need to check-out their reviews to discover their loyal and passionate customers.

“There are so many interesting books here…they have a wide selection of new and old titles. The staff is kind and knowledgeable. Highly recommend this bookshop!” Daniel Elliott
“If I’m in Clapham I always find myself drawn up the high-street to this shop. As soon as my feet come through the door, my bank balance knows it’s in trouble! It’s well laid out with clear sections, and it’s not overcrowded. I get the feeling that every book of the shelves has been chosen with care, the quality and standard of books on offer is really high. There’s a small graphic novel section but again, the ones on offer are great. There’s always a new discovery to be made and the display of beautiful cook-books is generally my downfall! They also sell lovely, quirky cards which are good to stock up on. #WeHeartHitchcock” Evelyn Adams
“I don’t know any other bookshop in the area with so extensive collection of books. You can find bestsellers, graphic novels or classic books – they just have everything. The staff is very helpful and extremely knowledgeable.” Riley Coles
“A wonderful little bookshop filled with hidden gems. I look in most times I walk past and almost always find something to tempt me.” Gerard Earley
“Thank you Clapham Books. Nice little independent shop with someone behind the counter who knows about the things they are selling” Luca Carraro

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Do you live further east? Don’t fret they have a smaller sister shop in leafy Herne Hill; Herne Hill Books.

Tel: 020 7627 2797

Email: shop@claphambooks.com

Address: 26 The Pavement, Clapham Common, SW4 0JA

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OPENING TIMES:

Monday to Friday         10am – 7pm

Saturdays                       10am – 6pm

Sundays & Bank Hols   12pm – 6pm

Bookstore of the Week | Bookseller Crow On The Hill

crow on the hill storefront

Flying By The Bookseller Crow on the Hill

Part book-shop, part intellectual social circle, part events space, and wholly innovative and creative: The Bookseller Crow on the Hill beats at the heart of Crystal Palace with its ‘lively and unpretentious’ bookshelves and book clubs. Established in 1997 and co-owned and managed by Jonathan Main and Justine Crow, its name is also derived from the haughtily intelligent birds which are plentiful in the area. The Bookseller Crow on the Hill stocks modern fiction, American literature, crime, and an impressive and colourful children’s section, and also offers local history, high-quality cookery books, and graphic novels; they have something for everyone, and appeal to a wide scope of interests without compromising on quality. The staff are knowledgeable, and welcome both questions and suggestions.

In keeping with their inclusive methods and desire to open people’s minds by getting them to open more books, they hold a popular monthly book club, where they choose the title, offer discounts on it all month, welcome anyone and everyone, and then eat, drink, and discuss. Their choices are varied so as to both include everyone and also challenge people to pick up titles they wouldn’t otherwise read, and they are always relevant and thought-provoking to inspire conversation.

Building on this idea, they offer membership to their Flight Club (whose first rule is read more books!). Each month they send members a book they think deserves to be read, with an explanation as to why and even a bookmark! Books often come signed by authors, and subscriptions are available for delivery to UK, Europe and Rest of the World addresses, with all postage included.

The bookshop also puts on events, where they host authors to read and discuss their latest novels. Owner Jonathan writes an acclaimed blog, and their taste in music is much appreciated by their cool clientele, who welcome the tunes that play while they browse. This is a place where signed-editions and snacks are on hand, and cutting-edge thought is combined with classics on the backlist. It has a small, community-oriented spirit with a widely open mind and a broad reach.

For more information on the store, bookclub, and events, visit their website, and follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

50 Westow St.

Crystal Palace

London SE19 3AF

Opening Hours:

Mon-Fri- 10 am- 7 pm

Sat- 9:30 am- 6:30 pm

Sun + Bank Holidays- 11 am- 5 pm

020 8771 8831  jonathan@booksellercrow.co.uk

See For Yourself.

See For Yourself.

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Design guru Rob Forbes has created an accessible handbook to help us uncover the beauty in the commonplace. See For Yourself reveals how visual thinking can enrich our lives. In friendly text complemented by photographs taken on his travels around the world, Forbes explains how to appreciate the design elements that surround us in the built environment.

Linking broad concepts such as composition and materiality to quotidian details such as the play of colour in hanging laundry or the repeated forms in a row of ice cream scoops, Forbes reveals how an appreciation of the hues, patterns and textures that surround us can enhance a life well lived.

We took inspiration from Forbes this week and sought out the beauty in the world around.

Here is what we saw:

See Beauty
See Beauty

 

See Humour
See Humour

 

See Colour
See Colour

 

See Simplicity
See Simplicity
See Light and Shadow
See Light and Shadow
Turns our London is more spectacular than we ever imagined! Share your beautiful world with us on Twitter and Instagram using the #SeeForYourself and tagging @abramschronicle. Enjoy the long weekend!

Bookstore of the Week – Wimbledon Books

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There is more than just tennis in Wimbledon!

Well known for its strawberries and cream, Pimms and tennis this plucky little suburb of London is home to the little gem; Wimbledon Books and Music. An established independent bookseller they carry a colourful range of adult and children’s titles. They stock everything from classics to latest releases.

They also have an exciting collection of gift and stationery including cards, wrapping paper and notebooks. Their stationery comes in all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Moleskine and the V&A to Where’s Wally and Horrid Henry. Plus they carry soft toys, now you can pick-up a copy of Paddington Bear and a soft reading companion at the same time!

With friendly staff and a soothing atmosphere you will go in wanting a book and never want to leave.

Find them on Facebook, Twitter and at www.wimbledonbooksandmusic.co.uk/
Contact them

at  info@wimbledonbooksandmusic.co.uk & 020 8879 3101

Visit them at:

40 High Street,
Wimbledon,
London
SW19 5AU

Bookstore of the Week; Orbital Comics

Release your inner geek with our Bookstore of the Week; Orbital Comics.

Orbital Store Front

Orbital Comics has been London’s favourite comic shop for a DECADE! And it’s not hard to see why, with everything from imported comic books, back-issues, graphic novels and collectors editions Orbital has everything a comic enthusiast could want. They have a section dedicated to manga and anime, filled with translated titles and manga merchandise. Orbital also features the biggest and best selection of vintage comics in London! and they are fully stocked with T-shirts, posters, art prints and general comics related paraphernalia.

They are huge supporters of independent creators with the best indie section we have seen anywhere. Have a look at Orbital Small Press for a list of titles, links to indie publishers and artists, staff recommendations and general small press information.

Aside from their stock (as if you needed more reason to visit), they regularly host signings and events. The gallery space has been witness to an incredible series of exhibitions and always offers the chance to pick up some original artwork. What could be better than owning a real piece of comic book history? They have an events page dedicated to news on upcoming events. Here you can also relive the events they have hosted in the past; Orbital Events.

What makes Orbital Comics truly unique is their weekly Podcast. They use their Orbiting Pod Podcast to present reviews, commentary and regularly feature interviews with the stars of the comic world. Essentially, Orbital Comics is THE place to go for all your comic book needs, whether you are just visiting online or heading to the store.

Inside Orbital Comics

Situated in-between Covent Garden and Leicester Square, the store is a surprisingly big space. Boasting a number of sections, each one dedicated to different activities; Art, signings, back issues, independent books… everything has a place of its own. It’s dominant primary coloured interior is broken up with bits of wallpaper and comic book art, creating an interesting flow of movement, and giving the store a playful and relaxed feel.

The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and always willing to offer advice. You can also find a list of suggestions from them on the Staff Picks page. This page is updated weekly and is a great place to go for a little reading inspiration. Their website, in general, is worth exploring, it has everything you ever wanted from a Comic Bookstore website, and the bright colour palette can’t help but create a little happiness.

Orbital Website

Open for more than a decade, Orbital is London’s most colourful comic shop and holds a special place in our heart, for that and their incredible selection of comics and comic merchandise we crown them our BOOKSTORE OF THE WEEK!

You can find them online at www.orbitalcomics.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

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Visit them:

8 Great Newport Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 7JA
020 7240 0591 
Mon to Sat 10.30am-7pm
Sun 11.30am-5pm

 

Bookstore of the Week – Stanfords, Covent Garden

“Welcome to Stanfords – the biggest map and travel bookshop on earth”

Stanford Store Front

Stanfords are the UK’s leading specialist retailer of maps, travel books and travel accessories. For 160 years they have been providing explorers everything they need for their next adventure.

The Stanfords story begins in 1827 with the birth of Edward Stanford.  Inspired by the dramatic changing world he grew-up in Stanford joined the map and charts business of Mr Trelawney Saunders. Stanford was made partner in 1852 and a year later took control of the business himself. 

161 years later Stanfords is still a thriving map retailer and travel specialist. Their Covent Garden store is visited every year by thousands of travellers from every corner of the globe, all seeking inspiration for their next adventure.

As the World’s largest map retailer they stock  some very specialist items from as far away as Mexico and Russia. If there is a map or travel book you want, Stanfords is the place to go. In their own words; “We pride ourselves on being able to source even the most unlikely of items so please do ask us if you can’t find what you need on our website or instore.”

Their 50 strong, amazingly international team are a passionate bunch and more than willing to advise and pass on their own travel experience. Pop-in and swap some stories!

Stanfords Window Display

Their selves are full of gift inspiration (for others and yourself!). We even spotted Chronicle’s Make Map Art among their Top Ten Gifts for Kids. But Stanfords are more than just great products, they have an impressive events schedule giving you the chance to meet some of the world’s most famous writers and photographers.  You can also find yourself in a travel lecture or meeting your travelling hero at a book signing.

Don’t miss any of their events – sign-up to their newsletter!

They also have a great loyalty scheme – rewards for indulging your passion, what could be better?

The famous map floors in the London store were originally produced by Marley Tiles. The ground floor is covered with the National Geographic map of the world, the first floor is a map of the Himalayas and the basement is a giant A-Z map of central London. These floors are the last pieces of work Marley’s titles ever completed! There is nothing more adventure inspiring than standing a giant map! Plus you can plan your great expedition in the superb in-store café. With a reputation for great coffee and relaxed interiors, Sacred Café is the perfect spot to indulge your dreams.

Map Floor in Stanfords

So where are you going next?

Find them at: 

12-14 Long Acre,
Covent Garden,
London, WC2E 9LP.
Tel: 020 7836 1321
Fax: 0207759 7140
Email: sales@stanfords.co.uk

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Georgia’s Corner – Words of wisdom from our extraordinary Office & Client Assistant

February.

Love Day came and went, but I personally was embittered from having seen one too many boxes of heart-shaped chocolates in the bargain bins of Leather Lane, promising eternal love but delivering an economical afternoon snack with a dusty aftertaste.  In this spirit we tweeted #ArtBooksForValentines, because appealing to your love interest’s intellectual capacity is infinitely more enticing than a tired cliché – especially if you’re Emma, and you’ve asked your Valentine for a book on Fashion and Fascism. As well she knows, nothing says ‘I love you’ like a detailed analysis of the function of dresses under an authoritarian regime. Apart from that romantic tome, our shelves are an excellent resource of Valentine’s gifts, whether you want to send actual love notes or ward off your impending panic about perpetual loneliness with Cat Lady Journal.

If you need more evidence of the power of a bloke with a book, I direct you to Hot Dudes Reading.

But I haven’t got a heart of stone, and couldn’t help but feel uplifted by today’s most exciting development, the arrival of Sitting In Bars With Cake – the chronicle of one girl’s attempts to lure men with baked goods. I don’t know if this seduction technique has the same impact if you’re not a writer in LA, but I have to find out. So if anyone needs me, I’ll be propping up the bar at Wetherspoons, winking at the men of Farringdon with an Orange-You-Glad-We-Met Marmalade Cake.

This month we were also lucky enough to welcome Jack Wang, the co-creator of the Star Wars Epic Yarns series, into our office. This was pretty exciting for me, a long-term fan of the felt Darcy and Bingley represented in their Cozy Classics series. My dedication to their art was won when I first laid eyes on Darcy’s haughty woollen sideburns and his tiny stitched eyes burning with untold passion against the pithy caption: ‘Mean.’ The Wangs just get it. As for their new and adorable Epic Yarns series, I feel a vague lassitude at the prospect of watching the Star Wars trilogy, but it’s difficult to get bored when reading the story in twelve words and with a large felt Millennium Falcon. The detail and artistry that goes into each figurine is astounding, as are the miles expended in search of the perfect backdrop – they travelled to the Imperial Sand Dunes in the Yuma desert where Return of the Jedi was filmed, in order to get one perfect shot into the book. Which puts into awkward perspective my feelings of personal persecution at the tribulations of walking 100m down the road to get milk. #milkmartyr

Cozy Classics

February also means awards season, and we spent almost as much time poring over the hits and misses of the red carpet as we did celebrating the gongs racked up by our favourite films (and the lovely A&CB books that go with them). The morning after the Oscars/Grammys/BAFTAs is always a bountiful time to sit down with a cappuccino, fire up the gossip rags and ping emails to your colleagues with photos of Pharrell’s shorts, Rihanna’s toilet roll doll dress and John Travolta mouth-breathing on Scarlett Johansson’s face. Due to an office reshuffle, I’m now sadly deprived of the colleagues who sympathise with my need to see what Taylor Swift wore before commencing the day’s work, and understand the moral confusion of my enjoyment of the Daily Mail’s Sidebar of Shame. As a result, my professional interaction has taken an extreme lean towards emailing gifs and Buzzfeed quizzes like ‘Which Harry Potter character is your drunk alter ego?’) (Mine is Snape).

This month we did:

Get nominated for the GBS Services to Independent Publishers Award!

Dominate the canapé scene at the launch of The Bookseller’s Buyer’s Guide.

Have a week’s worth of drawing lessons with Art Before Breakfast. Maddy brought beauty and order to the clutter on top of our microwave – a not-insignificant feat.

Art before Breakfast

Celebrate Winesday on a Wednesday… and also a Friday…. And also a Thursday. Maybe there’s something in the water at A&CB Towers, but this month there seem to be opportunities of Bacchanalian excess at every juncture. Last week we offloaded wine booty on Twitter, went to the pub for wine and chips (a classic combo), and, in the spirit of neighbourliness, had a lunchtime wine tasting next door at the Clerkenwell Collection. Vive la France.

Wine Tasting

This month we didn’t:

Watch 50 Shades of Grey. Not even one of us.

 

Bookstore of the Week – GOSH! Comics

Gosh! Comics London

We are letting our geek flag fly with this week’s Bookstore.

We are celebrating the one, the only GOSH! Comics. GOSH! are veterans in their field selling incredible comics, graphic novels and anything else you could ever dream of related to the comic book genre, for the past 25 years.

It moved to a new home on Berwick Street around 3 years ago, leaving behind it’s Bloomsbury roots in search of the vibrant energy of Soho. Their new store also got a brand new look. The Soho space has something of an industrial feel with large old factory lights and a concrete ceiling. The place is oozing character from the counter tops made out of old desktops to wooden stock shelves, all holding a striking array of comic books and graphic novels; from both well-known and indie names. They even have a section for high design children’s books.

Inside Gosh Comics

With events coming out of their ears GOSH! is the place to go to engage with your favourite artists and talent previously unknown to you. They are ever the home of one of our publishers; SelfMadeHero, and they hosted super-talent Jeffrey Brown on his UK tour in 2013.

Jeffrey Brown Painting GOSH window

Jeffrey Brown painted an incredible window for them depicting his take on the Star Wars™ universe.

Jeff window painting

We are big fans of Gosh! and not just because we grew-up watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and reading comic books. We love Gosh because they are experts in their field and you can tell they love what they do the moment you walk in the store. They continue to thrive in a niche section of a declining industry because they are passionate. For that reason, Gosh Comics, we salute you! Keep doing your thing because we can’t get enough!

In their own words:

“Our range of graphic novels is second to none, and we’re always striving to source new and interesting product, whatever the genre. From translated European albums to mainstream superhero antics; vintage children’s books to contemporary graphic fiction; compulsively readable manga to cutting edge small press: we’ve got something for everyone.”

In the words of their fans:

“I got seriously derailed by my visit here, spending 2 hours reading the first few pages of dozens of comics. The selection can’t be beat, and I discovered so many things while here.” Kendall M 

“Great comic shop! Very in the know! Exclusive deals directly from the cartoonist! Special events all the time! Something for everyone even if you’ve never read a comic!” Clockwork C.

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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

Keep In Touch!

owlbookshop@gmail.com

020 7485 7793

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Pssst…

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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