What's on during Bookshop Crawl Weekend

Updated: Feb 19

Firstly, for those who aren't interested in London Bookshop Crawl, our apologies for all the bookshop crawl content lately - just a few more weeks and we'll go back to regularly scheduled programming, we promise!


For those who are interested, though, we thought we'd post a little round up of some of the other things that are happening over the weekend of the 5th annual London Bookshop Crawl (February 21st - 23rd 2020), and which could be easily integrated with your bookshop crawling plans.


None of these events are affiliated with the bookshop crawl, so please do check details with the venues before attending. Some events are happening at places which are participating in the bookshop crawl weekend, so although they're not linked there may be some perks for bookshop crawlers so make sure to take along your Bookshop Crawl ID Card!


Marvellous & Mischievous: Literature's Young Rebels at the British Library.


This is a free exhibition celebrating young rebels in literature, from Pippi Longstocking to Princess Pearl and lots in between. See literary wonders such as Roald Dahl's first draft of Matilda along with other children's classics, and join in with dressing up, creating your own comics and lots more.


Entry is free but you must book tickets - booking and more information available here.

The British Library Book Shop will be participating in the bookshop crawl & offering a 10% discount on production of your ID card.


Out of the Blue: Fifty Years of Designers Guild at the Fashion & Textile Museum

An exhibition celebrating the growth and influence of Designers Guild, which started in 1970 as one small shop in Chelsea and has grown to a global enterprise.


£9 Adults/£8.80 Concessions/£7 Students/ Under 12's free. Book tickets & find out more here.

The Fashion & Textile Museum's Shop will also be part of the bookshop crawl.


My Brilliant Friend at the National Theatre

Based on Elena Ferrante's Neopolitan Novels, this is a play in two parts, ending on Saturday 22nd February. It has received great reviews and promises to be absorbing and... brilliant! Add some drama to your bookshop crawl weekend.


Book tickets

The National Theatre Bookshop are also taking part in the London Bookshop Crawl.


Victorian Surgery Talk at the Old Operating Theatre

A demonstration of Victorian surgery presented in the original architecture of the women's ward of St Thomas's Hospital. Experience the surgery from the point of view of a 19th century medical student or perhaps even the patient! Talks take place from 11am - 12pm or 4pm - 5pm on Saturday 22nd Feb & Sunday 23rd Feb.


Book tickets

The Old Operating Theatre shop will be taking part in London Bookshop Crawl and offering free badges & postcards with purchases and reduced museum entry (although this will not apply when attending the Victorian Surgery Talk) when you show your bookshop crawl ID card.



Lightopia Festival at Chiswick House & Gardens

45 light installations of all sizes, from handmade lanterns to 10m interactive sculptures, plus food and drink stalls and acrobats. This would be a brilliant way to end a day exploring the bookshops of West London, and it's family friendly.


Book tickets


Slice World: London's Biggest Pizza Party at Hawker House

Ten different pizza makers will be providing pizza at London's biggest pizza party! Every slice costs £2 and you get a free drink with your entry ticket, as well as pool tables, Gin Bingo, Whisky Roulette and six bars. Sounds like a fun place to be! Friday 21st 5pm -midnight, Saturday 22nd 4pm - midnight.


Book tickets


Karl Marx in London: his life & ideas A Walking tour in Soho

If you didn't manage to get tickets to our sold out Sunday group, why not join a walking tour of Soho and find out all about Karl Marx's London life? This event is not affiliated with London Bookshop Crawl, but we think it looks fun if it's something you're interested in.


Book tickets


Fairy Tales at Discover Children's Story Centre

Explore the world of fairy tales with all sorts of immersive experiences and stories at Discover Children's Story Centre.

If there is availability, tickets for Fairy Tales may be able to be purchased after our free centre & bookshop tour on Saturday 22nd at 2pm (free spaces for that tour can be reserved here), or if you're unable to attend on Saturday 22nd, book tickets and find out more here.


Suitable for ages 0-8.

Discover's shop will also be offering a 20% discount to bookshop crawlers with the bookshop crawl ID card.


Check out all of our events and the full 2020 programme and why not use this blog post to fill any gaps between bookshop crawl events?

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