West End Lane Books
277 West End Lane, London NW6 1QS
- West Hampstead Station (0.7 km)
- Hampstead Underground Station (1.2 km)
- West Hampstead Thameslink Station (0.7 km)
- Contact us:
020 7431 3770
- Opening hours:
Mon - Fri: 9:00 - 21:00
Sat: 9:30 - 18:30
Sun: 12:00 - 18:00
Bank Holidays: 12:00 - 17:00
120 Clapham High Street, Clapham, London SW4 7UH
“We are an independent bookshop on Clapham High Street. We offer a great hand-picked selection of titles including fiction, children's and art books. Whatever we don't have in the shop we can normally order within 24 hours. We also host children's...” more...
6 reviews of West End Lane Books in English
Wonderful bookstore with a wide selection of many different books. Great place to wander into without a book title in mind, and see where your feet take you. Ask the friendly assistants for recommendations!
One of the best book-shops I have come across, and an antidote to the increasingly dominant hell of many Borders and Waterstones stores.
The stock caters for eclectic tastes, and is surprisingly broadly chosen for a relatively small shop. The real highlight though is the superb knowledge of the staff, their ability to suggest alternatives (or order in stock they don’t have), and their positioning of the bookshop as a West End Lane 'destination’.
The late opening, well-planned and topical displays, generous discounting (without encouraging the 3 for 2 mentality of their bigger competitors), and hosting of events are all major plusses.
Really top-notch bookstore. I used to stop in all the time when I lived around the corner, and was just back in yesterday. It's not big, but not too tiny, and is independently owned and operated.
They carry all the latest fiction and non-fiction, and not just the best-sellers, either.
They do special topical displays. Yesterday was a rack of about 10 books about finance and the global economic crisis.
They have a large section of Jewish books, catering to the local demographic.
Their sale/discount section is one of the best I've seen. It's a couple of shelves near the back, and one right under the cash counter, but they're not the typical cheapo books you see in those sorts of bins. I picked up books like The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million (marked from £25 down to £9), The Rolling Thunder Logbook (£14 down to £7), A Hedonist in the Cellar: Adventures in Wine (£14 down to £7, I think), and more.
Few would have predicted that a local independent book store like West End Lane books could survive the double whammy blows of Waterstones and Amazon.In fact, WHB has not only prospered, it has flourished into the kind of cultural meeting place that is a book retailer's marketing dream.
This is due to a great deal of hard work by the owners who host all manner of evening readings and "meet the author" style events.There is also a notice board where select adverts can be placed by locals, which adds to the community feel.
The shop itself has a very wide-ranging selection and is particularly strong on new fiction.It is a pleasure to browse there-the interior is kept beautifully clean and polished and half the staff seem to be aspirant authors themselves.This can lead to loud and rather artily self -conscious debates across the shop floor, which can seem a bit precious sometimes.
No matter, it is all great atmosphere, and very mood -inducive.
One of the shops cleverest tricks is to have a constantly changing thematic and topical window display.They can move at the speed of lightning-Harry Potter on Halloween was replaced within only a few hours by sombre religious matter for All Souls Day.Now and then they will throw in a wittily irreverant addition such as, in this case, "Dead Man Walking". After 7-11 the window was full of books on terrorism and-surely no coincidence?-a guide book to London's best bus routes!
The shop stays open until an amazing 9 pm these days-and it is rarely less than half -empty.
A great local eccentric.
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