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London Bookshop Crawl 2024

Programme

Here you can find our programme of online & in person events, with a few more things still in the works. Throughout the weekend you can use the Big list & ID Card to plan your own routes too - these, and downloadable itineraries, are available in the Welcome Pack

Friday 16th February

Bunk off and Book Shop

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Bunk off work (with permission, of course) and join us for a group bookshop crawl of Shoreditch & Brick Lane, or Notting Hill on Friday afternoon.

Together we'll explore the bookshops of an area, chat to other bookish folk, swap book recommendations and generally book shop without judgement! There may be perks or freebies available in some shops, and a stop for tea and cake mid afternoon (tea and cake must be purchased separately and aren't part of the ticket cost). 

1-5pm, various locations

The Big Bookish Quiz

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Following the success of last year's event, we will be running The Big Bookish Quiz in person again, and will again be hosted by the wonderful folk at Battersea Bookshop! Bring a team or come along on your own for an hour of fun bookish quizzing in aid of literacy charity Give a Book, plus the chance to do some book shopping! 

There will be prizes, general silliness and lots of bookish trivia, and we would love to see you. 

Teams are a maximum of 6 people, or come alone and play on your own or join a team we'll put together. 

Ask a Bookseller

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7.30-8.30pm, online

Looking for that great next read, or a gift for a friend? Ask a Bookseller for their suggestions! 

Send in your requests here and we'll ask our lovely panel of booksellers to share their best recommendations for you to add to your bookshop crawl shopping list. 

Saturday 17th February

The original group bookshop crawl is back! This is a shorter morning bookshop crawl and you can choose whether to join us in Herne Hill & Dulwich or Soho & Covent Garden.

Led by past bookshop crawlers, these group will introduce you to new book loving friends, and give you the chance to explore the area by bookshop and swap book recommendations. 

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10am - 12pm, various locations

Group Bookshop Crawl

Pickled Pepper Books, 10.30am

What makes a great story? Find out in The Story Makers: Once Upon a Story event as part of the 2023 London Bookshop Crawl.

 

Create your own amazing characters, treasure hunt for story elements and then use your amazing imagination to decide how you'll put it all together in your very own book! 

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The Story Makers: Once Upon a Story

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A new route and an old favourite for our Saturday Group Bookshop Crawls. We will be exploring the bookshops of Camden & Kentish Town or Richmond & Kew, with a stop for refreshments mid afternoon (refreshments must be purchased separately) and the chance to meet fellow book lovers and spend an afternoon in bookshops together, as well as finding out a little about the bookshops themselves.

Group Bookshop Crawls

1-5pm, various locations

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Rare Books Rendezvous

For the first time we're thrilled to be able to offer the fantastic behind the scenes tours of the British Library on both Saturday and Sunday this year! 

The tour includes some incredible treasures of the British Library and is so interesting and always fills up really fast. 

1.45pm, The British Library

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Battersea Bookshop

Sunday 18th February

It's back! The Book Swap returns for the first time since 2019. 

Come along, bring the books you no longer want and rehome them with people who'll love them while taking away some new to you beauties. And while you do it, have a tea or coffee and a chat with fellow book lovers, then browse the wonderful Battersea Bookshop on your way out!

Tea/coffee included with your ticket

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Book Swap             

King's Cross is home to such a variety of bookshops. Join us for a Group Bookshop Crawl on Sunday afternoon and find out all about them. This will be a shorter 2 hour route and will provide the opportunity to meet other bookish folk, explore bookshops together, chat books and find out a little more about the eclectic history of the area and its bookshops 

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Group Bookshop Crawl

1-3pm, Kings Cross

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Rare Books Rendezvous

The ever popular way to end your bookshop crawl weekend returns!

Not usually offered at weekends, this is a tour put on especially for the bookshop crawl where you will learn all about the library's history, get access to places not usually open to the general public and see all sorts of amazing bookish things. 

1.45pm, The British Library

Reading a Book

Reading Hour

End the bookshop crawl weekend with a relaxed hour to read your new books! We'll start the hour on twitter telling everyone what we're planning to read and then spend an hour (or more) reading!

7-8pm, online

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