Visiting Housmans in Kings Cross the other day, I was reminded again of how important London's independent bookshops are.
To go in a shop and not know what you are going to find, until you find it, is a joy that Waterstones, or browsing Amazon on-line, cannot replicate. London's independent bookshops have come together to produce The London Bookshop Map, which shows you the location of 96 shops (both high street and hidden gems) as well as giving a brief write-up on each.
Some highlights include Al Saqi Books of Westbourne Grove - a great location for books on the Middle East, the ever-improving Freedom Books in Whitechapel and for the more esoteric amongst you, The Atlantis Bookshop on Museum Street, off Charing Cross Road. But, its better to find your own favourites.
The Bookshop Map is seemingly a rolling project - with a new issue planned for September.