London Bookshop Crawl


 The 2021 bookshop crawl took place entirely online and ran for an entire week. Below you can find links to the daily events that happened, and catch up on Youtube. 


Day 1 Intro Video

 5 Quick Things from Lauren LaTulip + Bookshop Crawl History

Bookshop Spotlights

Gosh Comics, Hatchards, Goldsboro Books, Word on the Water, and Lutyens and Rubinstein.

Day 1 Round Up Email


Day 2 Intro Video

 5 Quick Things from Ronan Hession + Bookshops that are still Open for Business!

Bookshop Spotlights

Newham Bookshop, Crofton Books, Village Books, Brooks.  

Virtual Tour of the Calder Bookshop Theatre

Bookselling in a Pandemic Panel

Discussion between Oliver Cable of Word on the Water and Bex Hughes about everything related to bookselling over the past year. 

Day 2 Round Up Email


Day 3 Intro Video

 5 Quick Things from Gemma Hunt and Louise Boland + our favourite bookshop crawl routes to explore! 

Bookshop Spotlights

BOOKS, Kirkdale Bookshop, Beckenham Bookshop, South London Gallery Bookshop, Walden Books

Ask a Bookseller

Catch up with our questions and recommendations at #LBCAskaBookseller

Day 3 Round Up Email


Day 4 Intro Video

 5 Quick Things from Annabel Steadman and Ana Drinovan + our favourite London landmarks! 

Bookshop Spotlights

Atlantis Bookshop, British Library Bookshop, Stanfords, Freud Museum Bookshop, Gay's the Word

Virtual Tour of the Atlantis Bookshop

Travel Japan from Home

Jude from Stanfords recommends some of her favourite fiction, non-fiction and travel guides to help you travel Japan without leaving your house. 

Day 4 Round Up Email


Day 5 Intro Video

 5 Quick Things from Emma Aveston and Clare Fairbairn + what we're reading right now

Bookshop Spotlights

The Mosaic Rooms, Stoke Newington Bookshop, Pages of Hackney, The School of Life, Review Bookshop

Poetry from Word on the Water

James performance Edward Lear's The Duck and the Kangaroo

Day 5 Round Up Email

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Saturday 13th February

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The Big Bookish Quiz Live (ish)

On Saturday 13th February at 7.30pm we will be hosting The Big Bookish Quiz Live on our Youtube channel

Come along and answer some fun bookish questions. There will be a Literary London round, and lots more. Suitable for all ages, the event will last roughly an hour. 

Sunday 14th February

A Conversation with Books for Change 7.30pm

A discussion with campaigners Emily and Wendy, the founders of Books for Change, about the brilliant work that they're doing to increase access to diverse books in schools, and the importance of reading in general. Hosted by Emma Gaynor of Freebird

This will be shown on our Youtube channel.

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Monday 15th February

Reading Hour

6.30pm - 7.30pm

Silent reading party time! Join us for an hour of reading together in an appropriately distanced way

Hosted by @hourtoread with input from @londonbookshopcrawl on Instagram



A Chat with SJ Watson 

7.30pm on Youtube

Bookshop crawl organiser Rhys is in conversation with novelist SJ Watson, talking about what he likes most about bookshops, how lockdown has affected his writing, and his new book as well as his answers to our  5 Quick Things!

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Tuesday 16th February


Children's Literature Panel 


Join our panellists on Youtube to discover more about the wonderful world of children's literature.

Chaired by presenter Gemma Hunt, with panellists Margaret Wallace-Jones, Sylvia Bishop and James Shaw. 

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Wednesday 17th February

Closing Ceremony! 


Tell us what you've bought, where you've most enjoyed 'visiting' and what you've been up to during the week of the bookshop crawl.

Hosted by @ldnbkshopcrawl (twitter) / @londonbookshopcrawl (Instagram) 


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London Bookshop Crawl is a non-profit event funded by ticket sales. This year all of our content is free, so please consider making a donation through Ko-fi, or supporting us by buying a tote bag if you're able to. 

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