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.
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
More information: www.skoob.com