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South Kensington Books

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A nostalgic visit to a bookshop we have frequented for decades.

The shop felt as comfortable & welcoming as usual. Found myself joining in a discussion about... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lovely little shop

A wonderful place to get lost in. Beautiful selection of books. My children loved the array of... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2018
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1 week ago
“A nostalgic visit to a bookshop we have frequented for decades.”
18 Jun 2018
“Lovely little shop”
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22 Thurloe Street, London SW7 2LT, England
South Kensington
+44 20 7589 2916
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The shop felt as comfortable & welcoming as usual. Found myself joining in a discussion about Philip Pullman - recommending of course! Intended just to look but came out with two really unusual books - presents for friends or for me?

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Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

A wonderful place to get lost in. Beautiful selection of books. My children loved the array of books dedicated to Paddington bear. Left the store with new stories to sink into.

Thank zuzanelina
Reviewed 28 April 2018

We popped into South Kensington Books as we walked past and it was a delightful little book shop with lots of interesting titles not found on the high street, with charming service. Highly recommended.

Thank Sunbird50
Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

It may have changed its name over the years, possibly even its ownership. But the concept remains the same: to sell art books and novels, but much else besides at a discount. Here you can find catalogues to current exhibitions, hardback first editions of novels,...More

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Reviewed 6 January 2017

This small bookshop is located not far from South Kensington Tube station. We discovered that, although there was no obvious sale occurring, the couple of recently published books we were after were priced below the RRP, so we purchased them here. It was good to...More

Thank AussiesBallarat
Reviewed 28 December 2016

Just next to South Kensington tube station, this is a gemlike example of what an independent bookshop should be. It is a small place, crowded with an excellent, carefully-curated selection of books both for serious readers and for those looking for a gift. Among other...More

Thank SailorMaury
Reviewed 18 December 2016

South Kensington books is a small bookshop located within a short walk from South Kensington station. It has a nice selection of books and well labelled sections so it is easy to find the type of books you are looking for. They also have some...More

Thank anmhaith
Reviewed 21 November 2015

Cute little shop just around the corner from the tube shop. Filled with lots of good deals. We popped in to pick up a book on math for my son to take home (US) to his math teacher and we were able to find a...More

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South Kensington
With its ivied mews, row upon row of Poppins-esque
white washed mansions, and placid garden squares, it's
easy to see the charms of South Kensington. And with
superb access to Hyde Park, Holland Park and
Kensington Gardens, as well as the largely
child-friendly and mostly free Museum Quarter (not to
mention more major attractions like Royal Albert Hall)
such charms are easy to make the most of. As welcoming
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