Stoke Newington Bookshop
159 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 0NY
The epitome of a local bookshop, this large, long-standing independent store caters cannily to its mixed neighbourhood clientele. Tables near the front are spread with the latest titles and staff recommendations, often at discounted prices; shoppers passing along the busy high street are drawn in by displays of calendars and greeting cards; and the shelves that stretch further back are lined with a well-chosen array that’s sure to tempt to serious browsers. Particularly strong sections are devoted to children’s books and travel guides, and helpful staff can direct you to items of specific local interest. The shop also hosts readings by local authors, and runs a separate bargain bookshop three doors down at no.153.