Opening Hours

Monday - Friday : 9.00 - 7.00
Saturday: 9.30 - 6.30
Sunday: 10.00 - 6.00

A match made in heaven: bookshop welcomes hens and, er…eggs

The beauty of being independent (part 8 million) is that you can have an idea and then…make it happen. No filling out forms in triplicate or presentations to the board for us!

With that in mind, we’re delighted to invite you to consider the following new chapters of the history of bookshop events: Hen Parties and Baby Showers…the two might even be connected, or even booked at the same time.

For the former, we’d be happy to open the shop privately for hen parties of 10 and above for discounted browsing evenings with gratis bubbles and nibbles; similar number parties welcome for Baby Showers, which not only includes discounted books to build babies’ and parents’ libraries, but also complimentary drinks and nibbles and gift for the baby.

As both are new events for us, we’d be happy to brainstorm any further ideas or suggestions you might have. Contact us via Twitter (@WELBooks) or

A small booking fee will be charged for both events

Link - Posted on 12th August 2019

Smells like bookshop spirit

For Proust it was the taste of a madelaine, for many of us it is the smell of beloved books that instantly whisks us back to a key time or place. We’ve lost count of the times that customers enter our little shop, inhale deeply and sigh ‘Ahh, the smell of a bookshop!’

So it is good news, indeed, that we’re teaming up with local candlemakers,  Apothecary Essence, to launch our very own candle!

Bookshop Magic is available in two sizes, slim novella (if you will) at £5 and family saga at £10 and is heady with the scent of jasmine, rose and chamomile. ‘But, is that what the shop actually smells like?’ you might ask. Well it is now!

Link - Posted on 3rd May 2018

Play Bookshop Bingo & win book vouchers

How well do you know our little shop and the team that runs it? If you’re a regular customer, have a look at our Staff Favourites section next time you’re in the shop and if you can correctly match 10 books to the staff member wh0 selected them we’ll give you a £10 book voucher!

Tiny clue for starters: think flowers, awfully nice gels and loveliness for my choices!


Link - Posted on 20th February 2018

The real deal on Donald: Pre-order Fire & Fury with 15% discount

Get the lowdown on Mr President, Donald Trump, here for less! We’re offering 15% off all pre-orders of Fire and Fury, the most talked about political book of the day.

We can confirm that this is not fake news, it’s the real deal. Please email us ( or call (0207 431 3770) to reserve your copy on the publication date of 9 Jan

Link - Posted on 5th January 2018

Bestsellers & the class of 2017

Welcome to the bit of the year where you don’t just have to look for books that you might love, but also books for the assembled throng of friends, family & colleagues that you might be shopping for this season.

So, in the spirit of being helpful, here’s a bunch of our current bestsellers (our top 21…because we just couldn’t bear to leave number 21 off) plus a selection of books that we, the staff of your friendly, neighbourhood bookshop, would recommend without a nano-second’s hestitation:

Winter bestsellers:

The Book Off Dust, Philip Pullman

21st Century Yokel, Tom Cox on family, folklore & the countryside that shapes us

A Short History Of Drunkeness, Mark Forsyth, supremely erudite, knowledgeable & funny

Life In The Garden, Penelope Lively, a Radio 4 Book of the Week & a real treasure

Call Me By Your Name, Andre Aciman, a must for anyone enjoyed the film (it’s leagues better)

Gentleman In Moscow, Amor Towles, charm, intelligence & insight & a NYT bestseller

Winter, Ali Smith, dazzling 2nd part of her seasonal quartet

Uncommon Type, Tom Hanks, it turns out that he can really write

Private Eye 2017 No explanation required, ed

Dead Now Of Course, Phyllida Law, thespy reminiscences from NW6’s National Treasure

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, what if the princess didn’t marry Prince Charming but went on to become an astronaut? Every home should have a copy!

My Life, Our Times, Gordon Brown, ’nuff said

Belsize Remembered, beautiful collection of well illustrated personal histories

The Bad Mood And The Stick, Lemony Snicket, one of our favourite picture books of the year

Anatomy, beautifully realised large format non-fiction for kids

Here We Are, Oliver Jeffers,subtitled Notes For Living On Planet Earth, stunningly lovely hardback picture book written to welcome the author’s newborn child

The Wind In The Willows, a gift edition, lavishly illustrated, to last a lifetime

The Sparsholt Affair, Allan Hollingsworth, this writer back in sparkling form in a novel set over 3 eras of 20th & 21st century

The Dreams Of Bethany Mellmoth, William Boyd, One of the country’s finest writers doesn’t disappoint in these mesmeric and moving short stories

Autumn, Ali Smith, Booker shortlisted, now in paperback

Eleanor Oliphant, Gail Honeyman, a real shop favourite and a breath of fresh air: funny, moving and completely captivating

Some of our own favourites:

Spook Street, Mick Herron, Improving with every novel, the Jackson Lamb series of smart, zeitgeisty and wickedly funny wonky spy stories is peerless

The Lie Of The Land, Amanda Craig, town v country/ heart v head: an unhappy 21st century London couple relocate to the country for a year to make enough money to divorce. Brilliant

Anything Is Possible, Elizabeth Strout, One of the US’ finest writers since Updike IMO

The Dry, Jane Harper, out of nowhere a completely dazzling Aussi thriller set in the badland of the outback and beyond

The Locals, Jonathan Dee, Pulizter nominated novelist in devastating form on the American self and selfishness

Reservoir 13, Jon McGregor, the rhythms of the natural world as a backdrop to a story of loss that ripples through a community

The Awkward Age, Francesca Simon, A North London blended family gets more blended than anyone foresaw

The Other Woman, Laura Wilson, Domestic Noir at its finest from Guardian crime reviewer

Link - Posted on 28th November 2017

Signed, sealed, delivered: it’s yours!

What turns an already wonderful book into a perfect gift? Getting it signed by the author, of course!

We’ve amassed a treasure trove of such literary riches ready for you to browse, whether you live nearby and can pop in and pick up or far, far away–in which case we can post to whatever far flung corner of the world you happen to inhabit.

Here follows two lists–adult and children’s titles–of what’s currently on offer and we’ll keep updating it so that if you are on the lookout for something a little bit special, we just might be able to offer a solution!

General signed titles:

Munich, Robert Harris


The Word Is Murder, Anthony Horowitz

Forest Dark, Nicole Krauss

Some Fantastic Place, My Life In and Out Of Squeeze, Chris Difford

The Marsh King’s Daughter, Karen Dionne

How Not To Be A Boy, Robert Webb

how not to be a boy

The Writers’ Retreat, Indu Balachandrian

October, China Mieville

Her Every Fear, Peter Swanson

Slade House, David Mitchell

The Inside Track, Laura Trott & Jason Kenny

Out of Heart, Irfan Master


Children’s signed books:

A Skinful of Shadows, Frances Hardinge

Mr Penguin, Alex T Smith

Hortense & The Shadow, Natalia & Lauren O’Hara

This Zoo Is Not For You, Ross Collins


forest dark her every fear    hortense and the shadowmr penguin october out of heart

slade house some fantastic place the inside track the marsh kings daughter

the word is murder this zoo is not for you

Link - Posted on 24th October 2017

The secret of Hampstead Arts Festival shhhh!

We’re super chuffed to be working as bookseller at the forthcoming Hampstead Arts Festival in lovely Burgh House …and now we’re excited to be able to offer our customers a top secret code for tickets to Kate Mosse‘s talk at 7.30 on Nov 11.

Just head to and add the code MOSSE2019 for half price entry!

Link - Posted on 1st November 2019