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Local Bookshops

The Pitshanger Bookshop

141 Pitshanger Ln, London W5 1RH, UK – 020 8991 8131

Knowledgeable, helpful, and can order books for next day. Also sell excellent cards, games and other literary accessories.

This is an excellent bookshop on Pitshanger Lane, even if just to browse. The selection of books (including children's books) has clearly been made with great care. The members of staff who work there are very helpful and friendly to chat to, and always ready to give recommendations if you ask them to based on other things that you have read. I have used Amazon in the past but have discovered that often there isn't as much of a tailor-made selection, and the value of picking up something hand-picked in a charming modern bookshop like this from real people cannot be underestimated. I have also used Pitshanger Bookshop to help me track down a hard-to-find US edition of a book. They also have great bargains when they change their stock, the likes of which cannot be obtained online. Also check out their events with local authors. Highly recommended.

Perivale Christian Bookshop

90 Bilton Rd, Perivale, Greenford UB6 7BN, UK – 020 8998 2933

Plenty of space to browse in quiet and with staff on-hand to help at all times.

A very good selection of Christian books and gifts. You can spend a lot of time in there as there is a lot to look through but it's all worth it!!


Central Middlesex Hospital Cafe, Acton Lane Park Royal, London NW10 7NS, UK – 020 8961 7872



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