Southbank Book Market in London

Usually, our city walks bring us to different bookish places even when I don’t plan for it. This time wasn’t an exception. We started from St. James Park but ended up near Waterloo Bridge, where we found Southbank Book Market.

The market takes a pretty narrow space under the bridge. Along the edge of the embankment, there are some book stalls. Not unlike the ones you may find on the shores of the Seine in Paris. However, here, they serve only for storage. All sales are conducted from the temporary tables set nearby.

I can’t say I found many things that caught my eye. But my area of interest is pretty narrow: books about book history and other bookish topics. There’s a large variety of British and world classics sold here. The most attractive for me were in the form of the middle 20th-century editions. You will also find lots of modern books, some books about arts and sciences, LPs, comics, postcards, and old prints here as well.


Address: under Waterloo Bridge on Queen’s Walk

Working hours: daily, 10:00 – 19:00
But we’ve been there at around 17:00, and some of the vendors were already packing.

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