As we work on international projects we thought we would feature our top ten book stores from London, Paris and Moscow. If you’re in those cities at any time, check them out.
Let’s start with London as it is where our main office is based and most of our suggestions on stores are based there:
1. Artwords Bookshop in Shoreditch (artwords.co.uk)
65A Rivington Street, London EC2A 3QQ.
Open Monday to Saturday from 10.30am to 7pm.
The shop is famous for its stock of contemporary fine art books but you’ll also find interesting items on architecture, photography, fashion, graphic design as well as industry and creative magazines and DVDs. The titles come not only from UK but also Australia, North America and Europe.
2. Foyles (foyles.co.uk)
113-119 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0EB
Open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 9pm; Sundays from 12pm to 6pm
The store occupies five floors and has a great selection of books on fashion, architecture and interiors including ones on retail and shopping centres.
3. Magma (magmabooks.com)
8 Earlham Street , Covent Garden, London WC2H 9RY
Open Monday to Saturday from 11am to 7pm; Sundays from 12pm to 6pm
This is a small store that offers interesting titles on branding and design. They have a good selection of books for children as well as art and fashion magazines. Check out their product shop further down the street (16 Earlham Street).
4. Koenig Books (koenigbooks.co.uk)
80 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0BB
Open Monday to Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 8pm; Thursdays from 10am to 9pm; Sundays from 12pm to 6pm
This shop is conveniently located close to Leicester Square underground station. Their wide offer is spread across two floors where one is dedicated to discounted titles only. Go there for books on advertising, art as well as patterns and prints.
5. Waterstones (waterstones.com)
203/206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD
Open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 10pm; Sundays from 11.30am to 6pm.
Just two minutes from Piccadilly Circus station and you are in heaven with six floors full of great books. Each floor is dedicated to certain categories so it is easy to navigate. Chairs and tables are conveniently placed so you can flip through a book before you decide to purchase. The staff are also helpful. Check out the café on the top floor for a warming cappuccino.
6. Tate Modern (shop.tate.org.uk/shop/books/icat/books)
Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Open Sunday to Thursday from 10am to 6pm; Friday to Saturday from 10am to 10pm
The store offers the widest range of books on modern art and culture in the UK. You can also purchase fantastic books for children, stunning handcrafted jewelry and art materials.
7. Design Museum (designmuseum.org)
28 Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD
Open Monday to Sunday from 10am to 5.45pm
If you are looking for unusual souvenirs and books, visit this store and museum. Many items are inspired by exhibitions held in the museum itself.
8. Respublica (respublica.ru)
1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya, 10, Moscow
This is definitely the most innovative concept of a bookstore in Moscow. It shares its premise with Starbucks so you can get both book and coffee. The store’s displays are creative and clever and the choice of books is focused mainly on art, design and business.
9. Moscow (moscowbooks.ru)
Vozdvizhenka str 4/7, bld 1, Moscow
Probably the oldest and thus most well-known chain of bookstores in Moscow. It is a bit old-fashioned but you can find books on many different topics and languages.
10. Artazart in Paris (artazart.com)
83, quai de Valmy 75010 Paris
Open Monday to Thursday from 10.30am to 7.30pm; Fridays from 11am to 7.30pm; Sundays and holidays from 2pm to 8pm
This recommendation comes from Pierre Godin, our Paris-based architecture director. This is his favourite place to buy books on architecture and interior design.