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4 perfect independent bookshops

Tomorrow is the start of Independent Bookshop Week! There are too many stellar shops to note here, but we’ve picked our four faves. Why not show your favourite shop some love this weekend?

Ink@84, London

I love my local shop Ink@84. It’s a relatively new addition to the Highbury area but it’s already made a huge impact in the community. Not only do they have a varied and inspired selection of books on offer and the booksellers give great recommendations, but they also serve drinks! There’s nothing better than sitting by the window on a cloudy day with a cup of coffee (or something stronger) and a good book. Aimee

Hart’s Books, Saffron Walden

Whenever I pop home for the weekend I can never go into town without having a quick peek inside Harts. There’s a gorgeous window full of beautiful hardbacks that always looks so enticing it’s hard not to walk past without wanting to go inside. I love wandering around on an afternoon, scanning the shelves for my latest read or taking my niece in to pick a book from the lovely children’s section. Helena

Sevenoaks Bookshop, Kent

This was my local bookshop when I was growing up and I loved going in and buying up the next Nancy Drew (yes, I was that child) with my saved-up pocket money. It’s still a thriving independent that does brilliant events and is a real community hub – as all the best bookshops are. Alice

Highgate Bookshop, London

I’ve just moved to Highgate, and am already completely in love with my local bookshop. Highgate Bookshop is small but packed full of treasures – it’s got lovely friendly staff and a gorgeous bright green shop front – every time I walk down the high street something new catches my eye in the window display and I can’t resist going in there! I’m so glad I’ve found a great local bookshop near my new flat! Hannah