London is a great place to buy photography books especially some of the more obscure publications which can be a bit tricky to get hold of. I’m rather fond of browsing a good bookshop. Here’s a list of shops to visit if you’re in town.
Claire de Rouen Books, 125 Charing Cross Road
An excellent and wide ranging selection of photography books. It has a number of rare items, quite often has signed copies and also hosts launches/signings at the store. It’s also well placed on the edge of Soho so it’s easy to get there from either Tottenham Court Road or Leicester Square. Bar Italia in Soho is a good spot, although it can get busy, for a coffee once your done looking at books.
Koenig Books, 80 Charing Cross Road
Worth popping in here as well as it’s near Claire de Rouen. It’s primarily an art bookshop but stocks photography books too. They focus more on recent releases for photography books and have an interesting range of smaller publications. They’ve often got some gems. The remainder section, downstairs, has some good books from a few of the larger publishers. They also have shops at the Whitechapel Gallery and the Serpentine Gallery.
Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road
One of the best general bookshops in London and a bit of an institution. The photography section now has lots of smaller publications and is much more interesting. It’s also on Charing Cross so it’s worth a look.
Photographers Gallery, 16-18 Ramilles St
I quite often buy books here as it’s purely photography, they always have the latest releases and quite often they have signings and also stock signed books. There’s a wide range of books. The prices are at the retail prices rather than collector prices. As an added bonus they have excellent exhibitions and also a cafe for refueling.
Donlon Books, 75 Broadway Market
A bit off the beaten track but fortunately for me, local, so I quite often buy books from here. Donlon’s has a great selection of collectable and also recent releases. He stocks a lot of photography but also there’s loads of counter culture stuff which I love. It’s not uncommon to find a book on black metal sat next to the latest Mack release. There’s a host of cafes and bars in the area so although not central London, it’s worth a visit.
Tate Modern, Bankside
A massive bookshop and recently they now have some of the more sort after publications. It’s worth a look. I don’t really go there that often as it’s a bit of a trek to get to it but f I see an exhibition then I will always look in the shop.