Welcome to South Kensington Books

Welcome to South Kensington Books, Independent bookshop in the heart of South Kensington's Museum Quarter.

There has been a bookshop on this site since the 1940's and we continue the tradition to this day of being a source of great books for the local community and the many visitors to the area, both regular and newcomers.

We cover all areas of interest and always have a great range of books with something to suit everyone. Pop in and have a browse or contact us and we will be happy to help



Holiday opening hours


From the 13th of December we will be open:

Weekdays: 10am - 8pm

Saturday: 11am - 7pm

Sunday: 12pm - 7pm


Christmas and New Years opening hours:

23rd December: 10am - 8pm

24th December: 10am - 4pm

25th - 28th December: Closed

29th + 30th December: 10am - 8pm

31st December: 10am - 4pm

1st January: Closed

2nd January: 12pm - 7pm

3rd January: 10am - 8pm

Books of the Year 2021

The prestigious annual list of our favourite books of the year has been announced:

The Island of Missing Trees - Elif Shafak

Pandora's Jar - Natalie Haynes

The Dangers of Smoking in Bed - Mariana Enriquez

Cook As You Are - Ruby Tandoh

Brilliant Maps - Ian Wright

Everything Under the Sun - Molly Oldfield

Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain - Lisa Feldman Barrett

About Time - David Rooney

Why We Swim - Bonnie Tsui

Taste - Stanley Tucci

Available now online or in store





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