Phrase on the Water, LondonBringing just a little Parisian vibe to London, Phrase on the Water will be discovered on the Regent’s Canal towpath in an outdated canal boat, simply off York Manner within the rejuvenated and buzzy district of King’s Cross. I found it comparatively not too long ago, however it’s an amazing bookshop with new and second-hand titles fastidiously chosen by proprietor Jonathan. Bookshop canine Star often retains a sleepy eye on the passersby from her spot by the door. Go to on a sunny afternoon (it opens from 12 to 7pm every day) and mix your journey with a picnic on the embankment above or a go to to one of many alfresco eating places and bars within the sq. close by. Regent’s Canal Towpath, Kings CrossThe Grove Bookshop, West YorkshireThe Grove Bookshop in Ilkley is a classic-looking bookshop, with giant curved home windows outdoors and decor like an outdated research inside, together with dark-wood bookshelves. It carries an intensive vary, with tables of books laid out for leisurely looking. You would simply lose an hour or two right here: I actually did the primary time I visited. Downstairs there are globes, maps and a good-sized sheet music division – a uncommon discover lately. Afterwards, take a bracing stroll as much as the close by heather moorland for spectacular views and the possibility to identify pink grouse and short-eared owls. 10 The GroveThe Edinburgh BookshopMarie Moser of The Edinburgh BookshopIn the town’s leafy Bruntsfield space, The Edinburgh Bookshop is a superb vacation spot for youthful readers, with enjoyable murals and comfortable areas good for story time. Marie Moser, the proprietor, advised me the store specialises in serving to to seek out books for kids who’re combating their studying. It additionally works to assist the Literacy Belief. There’s an amazing vary of grownup books too, with bookshelves that go as much as the ceiling – a favorite function of mine in a bookshop. By the way, Muriel Spark, writer of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, lived on the identical street because the bookshop and attended the native James Gillespie’s Excessive College, which will need to have been the inspiration for her Marcia Blaine College for Ladies. 219 Bruntsfield PlaceWoodbridge Emporium, SuffolkThe market city of Woodbridge is on the River Debden, near the Sutton Hoo property, the place archaeological finds from the sixth and seventh centuries have been made because the Thirties, together with a whole buried Anglo-Saxon ship and the splendidly preserved Sutton Hoo helmet. Mix a go to to Sutton Hoo with a stroll alongside the river, looking for curlew, black-tailed godwit, redshank and kestrels, after which go to Woodbridge’s bookshops. In addition to a great vary of latest and secondhand books, The Woodbridge Emporium, within the centre of the city, shares a collection of loose-leaf teas. 66 ThoroughfarePen’rallt Gallery Bookshop, PowysIn Machynlleth, near the southern fringe of the Snowdonia nationwide park, the Pen’rallt Gallery Bookshop is a beautiful store stocking new and secondhand books in each Welsh and English. It additionally sells stationery from unbiased producers, stunning editions of poetry, and lots of artwork, structure and images books. The store’s window shows usually include paintings by native artists and photographers, which proves an amazing draw for locals and guests alike, significantly with the Wales Museum of Fashionable Artwork only a few doorways down. Glasfryn, Penrallt Avenue, MachynllethRound Desk Books, London {Photograph}: Graeme Robertson/The GuardianAs the writer of a small press, I’m at all times very envious of publishing homes which have their very own bookshop. Born from a pop-up store on Coldharbour Lane in Brixton, south London, which was imagined to solely be there for per week, Spherical Desk Books is now the everlasting residence of indie press Knights Of. The bottom was secured following a crowdfunding marketing campaign that drew assist from all around the world. The bookshop shares inclusive tales for readers of all ages, together with books printed by Knights Of, which specialises in kids’s books that take a look at the world from many various views. 97 Granville Arcade, Coldharbour LaneBook Nook, North YorkshireThe Victorian seaside city of Saltburn-by-the-Sea has a peaceable, understated magnificence, with grassy clifftops and rows of Victorian townhouses going through out to sea. The city was the imaginative and prescient of a wealthy industrialist, Henry Pease, whose household acquired the land to grasp it. Under the cliffs a pleasure backyard – additionally a part of Henry’s imaginative and prescient – runs alongside the facet of Skelton beck, and a water-balanced funicular, the Saltburn Cliff Tramway (quickly closed within the pandemic) was constructed to deliver individuals right down to the backyard. The city’s bookshop, E book Nook, is as pretty as Saltburn itself, with an amazing vary of paperbacks, significantly up to date fiction. The proprietor, Jenna, is an avid reader, so in case you are caught for what to learn subsequent, pop in and he or she is certain to have the ability to supply a suggestion. 24 Milton StreetBlackwell’s, Oxford {Photograph}: Geoffrey Swaine/RexThis store, based right here in 1879, is within the centre of Oxford, between the traditional faculties of Trinity and Balliol. Blackwell’s was initially only one small room at what’s now the entrance of the store, however expanded to take up the remainder of the constructing in addition to the one subsequent door. It later dug downwards, creating the Norrington Room in its basement – on the time the most important single room promoting books on the earth. It’s unattainable to enter Blackwell’s and never come out with a stack of books you didn’t count on to purchase. Its inventory is wide-ranging and thoroughly sourced; it helps and shares small publishers, and has a secondhand part upstairs filled with traditional paperbacks, in addition to a uncommon books part, a sheet music division and, throughout the street, a separate retailer promoting artwork books and posters that adorn the partitions of scholar rooms all around the metropolis. 27 Broad StreetBookbugs and Dragon Tales, NorwichThe splendidly named kids’s bookshop Bookbugs and Dragon Tales opened in 2019 however is already an important group hub. When capable of, it runs a full and very talked-about schedule of kids’s actions similar to Little Dragons Drama Class, Babybugs Bounce & Rhyme, Storytime and Child Signing, however there are courses for adults too – mindfulness and artistic writing in addition to artwork courses, e-book golf equipment and craft workshops. It additionally has a restaurant with an amazing collection of desserts, and the partitions are embellished with murals painted and designed by native and visiting artists and illustrators. 41–43, Timber HillOctober Books, SouthamptonIn Portswood, a suburb of Southampton, October Books is an moral bookshop run as a co-op and owned by the local people and workers members. It has been operating for greater than 40 years and has a variety of titles, significantly on world politics, and sells fairtrade produce and environment-friendly cleansing merchandise and toiletries. In the back of the store is an area used for group organisations, occasions and gatherings. There’s lots of love for this bookshop locally – a few years again when it moved premises, the locals organised a sequence of volunteers stretching via the streets from the outdated website to convey the inventory to the brand new retailer. 189 Portswood Highway, PortswoodIndependent Bookshop Week runs 19-26 June #indiebookshopweek. Bookshop Excursions of Britain by Louise Boland (Fairlight Books, £16.99) can be obtainable at Guardian Bookshop