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by Mike Whyte (subscribe)
Published January 29th 2018
The best bookshop in Brixton
There is something pretty special in Brixton. For fans of the printed word, there is a bookshop you should know about, and it won't cost you the earth - in fact far from it.

Book Mongers is a second-hand bookshop which can be found on Coldharbour Lane, and because of the fact that it stocks previously owned goods, it is a treasure trove for the lover of printed matter. There are all the usual sections you would expect to find in a normal bookshop - art, history, computing, business etcetera, but because of the nature of the store, you really cannot know what will be in stock even from one week to the next, so every time you visit, it will be an adventure once again.

The layout makes for an interesting route around the shop, with lovely little nooks everywhere to sit and read, as well as a slightly more open raised section at the back, where parents can sit while their children peruse the kids books that are located up there.

The nicest part of this bookshop for me is the delightful dog that can be seen often dozing in the shop window. This is Rosa, and she is as much a part of the shop as the counter and bookshelves. In fact, when the owner decided to go for a little extended adventure, taking the dog with him, the loss of Rosa strolling through the aisles of the shop was palpable.

To really get a feel for the place, you should really check out the video below, detailing how the owner came to first set up this slice of Brixton's heritage, and see the amazing shop dog doing its thing. I love this place, and so should you.

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Why? Great second hand book shop, complete with its own shop dog
When: Monday - Saturday 10.30 - 6.30pm; Sunday - 11am - 4pm
Phone: 02077384225
Where: 439 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LN
Cost: Various prices, but all more than reasonable
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A definite for my list of places to go when I'm next in London. Thank you.
by Annette Vandersluis (score: 2|844) 1570 days ago
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