London Bookshop Crawl

About & Volunteers

We Need Volunteers!

London Bookshop Crawl is an event organised and run by volunteers, without whom we could do nothing. 

Whether you're happy to help out with admin & organisation, leading groups or events over the bookshop crawl weekend or anything else, we'd love to have you!

What is the bookshop crawl?

London Bookshop Crawl started in 2016 as a way to get a group of book lovers offline and into the real world to meet each other, discover brilliant bookshops and buy books with others who wouldn't judge their book acquisition issues... In the same year we started the summer bookshop crawl, which is roving and visits a different city each summer; Bath in 2016, Oxford in 2017 and in 2018 Canterbury!

The London Bookshop Crawl aims to bring book lovers together in a joyful celebration of all things bookish and give some much needed support to (mainly independent) bookshops in the otherwise fairly grim retail month of February. Over the course of the weekend we encourage you to visit as many bookshops as possible, post about how great they are on social media (using #LondonBookshopCrawl), buy some books and grab some of the amazing freebies and discounts on offer and meet some new bookish friends. You can also attend some of the incredible events we put on and if you want to be a proper bookshop crawl geek you can get bookshop crawl patches, bags, and more on our Merchandise page.

Over the years the bookshop crawl has expanded from one day to a weekend long event including longer guided groups, a book swap brunch, behind the scenes tours of some special literary locations and more. In 2020 we're celebrating our 5th birthday!

The aim of the summer bookshop crawls is the same but more low key. The events are each just one day long and usually smaller. You can participate on your own or join a small group to wander around the bookshops, meet new people & swap recommendations. 

London Bookshop Crawl has always been and will remain free for bookshops to participate in. 

Past Bookshop Crawl Experiences

Books Galore on the London Bookshop Crawl - Changing Pages

London Bookshop Crawl - Fairlight Books

London Bookshop Crawl 2017 - Rustling Reads

The London Bookshop Crawl 2019 - Elena Square Eyes

Bath Bookshop Crawl (the first) - Curiosity Killed the Bookworm

Oxford Bookshop Crawl - Curiosity Killed the Bookworm

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