London Bookshop Crawl


The 2021 Big List of participating bookshops is now live! Please head over and check out everything that will be coming up. 

The 2021 bookshop crawl takes place entirely online and runs for an entire week. Below you can find daily activities, all of which are completely free. To make sure you don't miss anything sign up for our daily round ups during the event.  

Daily Events

5 Quick Things

Daily interviews on Youtube and Instagram with booksellers, bookshop crawlers, authors and bookish folk in general answering 5 book related questions and giving bookshop and book recommendations

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Daily Bookshop Features

Every day during the bookshop crawl we will be featuring 3-5 bookshops on our social media channels. Make sure you're following our Instagram and Twitter accounts to keep up with the participating shops and what they'll be offering for bookshop crawl participants. 

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Daily Round Up

Given that this is likely to be a slightly different bookshop crawl than we're used to, we'll be sending out daily round up emails to our mailing list with details of everything that's gone on that day, plus some other fun things!

Join our mailing list to make sure you get the updates!

Evening Events

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Wednesday 10th February

Twitter Launch Party  //  7.30pm   //  #LondonBookshopCrawl

Join us to celebrate the start of the bookshop crawl week with an hour or so of chat about books, bookshops, past bookshop crawls and more. 

Hosted by @ldnbkshopcrawl


Thursday 11th February


Bookselling During a Pandemic

A discussion with Oliver Cable, bookseller at Word on the Water about how the pandemic has changed the way that they sell books, looking at the positive changes as well as negative effects. 

Chaired by Bex Hughes of Ninja Book Box

Shown on our Youtube channel at 7.30pm.

Friday 12th February

Ask a Bookseller  //  7.30pm   //  #LondonBookshopCrawl

Not sure what to buy without being able to browse the shelves? Come along to our twitter chat and ask a bookseller (or maybe even more than one!) for their recommendations on what you should buy next! 

Hosted by @ldnbkshopcrawl with special guest booksellers.



Saturday 13th February


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.


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!

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. 

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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