Skoob Books, Russell Square: The spiritual home of peaceful book-lovers

Before I start this review, let me say this (so you’re prepared for the onslaught of back-slapping that’s about to come): I am a HUGE fan of Skoob Books.

I first stepped through their doors at Christmas, tempted in by a 20% off sale and the promise of one of the best collections of second-hand books in central London. I was not disappointed. In fact, I left with a bag of books, change from £15 and have been back every two weeks since.

And I’m not alone: Skoob was voted as one of London’s best shops by Time Out magazine in 2013.

Exterior of Skoob Books, Russell Square, London
Picture credit: Skoob Books

So why all the praise? First of all, it’s always peaceful. There’s no background music and no sounds from outside as it’s tucked away so nicely on a side street.

Secondly, they boast London’s broadest selection of second-hand academic and non-fiction books, and their shelves are bursting with everything from philosophy, psychology, modern literature, art, history, politics, economics, classics, science and technology. They also have a large fiction section and even a shelf of free books on the way in. Don’t miss it.

Open: 10.30am-8pm Monday-Friday, 10.30-6pm Sundays/bank holidays

Nearest Tube: Russell Square

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