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  Introduction
  The shops on Oxford & Regent Streets
  Famous stores in Mayfair and Piccadilly
  Charing Cross Road's books & Camden Market
  Notting Hill's Portobello Road
  Buying in Knightsbridge, Kensington & Chelsea
  East London's street markets
  Bermondsey's Antiques & Greenwich
 
Charing Cross Road and Camden Market

Charing Cross Road and Camden market

Charing Cross Road is where book worms go. London's famed literary road still retains some of the romantic charm of 84 Charing Cross Road, a book turned film starring Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft. It's the story of a woman in New York and a bookseller in London who write to each other for over 20 years and fall in love.

Mainstream bookshops, such as Books Etc, Borders and Blackwells, line the street but perhaps the most unique feature about this road are its rare, second-hand and specialist shops.

Specialist booksellers

Obscure books can be found in some of the many dusty antiquarian book sellers on and off Charing Cross Road. Shipley Specialist Art Bookseller stocks old, new and scholarly titles.
Address: 70 Charing Cross Road, WC2. Tel: +44 (0) 20 7836 4872.
Tube: Leicester Square


There are also several specialist bookshops. Murder One calls itself Europe's largest crime and mystery bookshop, Al-Hoda stocks books in Islamic and Oriental studies, and Zwemmer supplies titles in art, architecture and media.
Address: Murder One 71 Charing Cross Road, WC2H. Tel: +44 (0) 20 7734 3483; Al-Hoda 76 Charing Cross Road, WC2H. Tel: +44 (0) 20 7240 8381; Zwemmer 72 and 80 Charing Cross Road, WC2H. Tel: +44 (0) 20 7240 4158.
Tube: Leicester Square


Foyles is famous for five floors containing thousands of titles. The drama section alone stocks an incredible selection. Foyles is equally known for its old-fashioned filing system, where finding a book can at times be a challenge. Silver Moon, specialising in women's books and feminist titles, has taken up residence in Foyles.
Address: 119 Charing Cross Road, WC2. Tel: +44 (0) 20 7437 5660.
Tube: Leicester Square


Camden & its many markets

Camden in North West London is one of London's most popular weekend attractions and receives millions of young and trendy tourists each year.

Camden market is famed for its network of open-air and indoor arts and crafts markets, of which there are half a dozen.

A vast shopping area, each market has its own style. Most have stalls and sell quirky, new and second-hand garments, jewellery, fashion accessories, records and CDs, bric-a-brac and food from every corner of the globe.

Camden Lock, located in a cobbled yard overlooking Regents Canal, was established in 1975 and is the pioneer of Camden's shopping phenomenon. It features over 250 stalls and trades in crafts from Africa, Latin America and the Far East, regular and organic food. If you have time, it's worth taking a ride down the canal in a longboat.

If you're looking for fake and original Doc Marten boots, you'll find them in Camden Market, a series of stalls in a maze of busy alleyways, or next door Camden Canal Market.

Trading in the Stables Market takes place under railway arches and an outdoor courtyard. This is where you'll find designer furniture from the 50's onwards, creative clubbing wear and piercing accessories, as well as everything Gothic, retro and techno.
Address: Camden High St, Camden Lock and Chalk Farm Rd. Open: Mon-Fri 10am-5:30pm. Sat-Sun 10am-5pm.
Tube: Camden Town/Chalk Farm



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