I visited Book and Kitchen on the same day I went to Portobello Market and Holland Park last July. Why it has taken me over 15 months to write about Book and Kitchen, I couldn’t really tell you, except I did accidentally delete 100+ photos I took inside the bookshop shortly after visiting (because I thought I had them backed up. I hadn’t). Luckily, I did save the best ones below! I can’t be sure that the bookshop still looks exactly the same, so you’ll just have to visit yourself and find out!
I first came across Book and Kitchen on This Is Your Kingdom, a lovely blog all about the wonderful things you can do in the UK, often little-known. It sounded like the perfect bookshop for me so I made sure it was next on my tour of London’s bookshops.
Book and Kitchen has to win the award for the most adorable bookshop I’ve visited so far. I never thought I’d use that work when talking about bookshops, but it’s like you’ve stepped into someone’s house rather than a business, full of little quirks and trinkets. I loved the way it was decorated and it had a very warm and welcoming feel. I’m a big fan of curated displays, as I’ve mentioned before, and this bookshop has plenty. You won’t find another like it.
There was so much to look at, which is why I took so many photos, before they accidentally ended up in the trash… They also had classical music in the background playing on the record player. It couldn’t really be any cuter if it tried.
Books! Everywhere! Perfect for picking up and flicking through.
Even on the walls! (These are old books, don’t worry).
Bookshops are brilliant because you can discover books you never knew you were looking for (Mark Forsyth’s The Unknown Unknown talks more about this!), which is why bookshelves like these are great. You won’t necessarily find everything organised alphabetically, enabling you to just pop in and easily find what you planned to buy, but you’re guaranteed to find a book you didn’t know about before.
I loved this idea and I’m tempted to steal it if I ever have a library of my own…
…And not forgetting the comfy chairs.
Downstairs we go.I loved the basement even more because it’s home to the children’s section, an outside seating area, and the cafe. We didn’t get a chance to try out the food, but I’ve heard the cakes are delicious!
Wooo, children’s books! It looks so much more appealing to children when there’s colourful books and toys strewn everywhere. You can see that they also have a bookcase home to special editions, such as very old children’s books.
Can you spot your favourites?
Even more comfy chairs! I loved this area. Because it’s in the basement, it’s super cosy and I could imagine myself curled up with a book.
Because why shouldn’t you have a piano in your kitchen?
And that was it! Book and Kitchen is such a unique bookshop, with friendly owners (who didn’t mind me taking pictures!), and plenty of personality and charm. I definitely need to go back next time I take a trip to west London.