The best independent bookshops around Dulwich

Whatever book you want to read, you’re sure to find it in one of these local bookshops. I’ve selected the best bookshops in and around Dulwich.


Chener Books

Don’t judge a book by its cover. The shop may look dated but what an excellent independent bookshop this is. It’s been around since 1978 – that’s history itself! I think it’s quite charming and it makes a change from the gleaming organic shops springing up everywhere in East Dulwich. The book selections are great and reasonably priced.


Rye Books

I love the cosiness of Rye Books. They stock a range of books and beautiful ones too. The shop is laid out very well, they hold regular events and sell tea/cake and have a comfy armchair to relax in.

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This small bookstore in Bellenden Road is a real gem. It’s packed with a good selection of books and there’s an outside space where you can sit and read as well. They often host book launches and readings, and the owner, Roz, is the creator of the Peckham Literary Festival.


Village Books

Set in Dulwich Village, Village Books is an award-winning independent bookshop with books for adults and children. This bookshop is Dulwich’s oldest bookshop and is popular among literature lovers. The staff are lovely and do so much to support the local community.


Tales on Moon Lane

Tales on Moon Lane is as enchanting as the name. Behind the beautiful window displays you will find a shop solely dedicated to selling children’s books from all the writers and illustrators you could hope for. There’s also a large sofa where you can sit and read to your little ones.


Dulwich Books

A charming little book store in West Dulwich. They have a good range of books and hold some amazing events. Staff are really helpful and friendly.

*Views are based on personal and reader suggestions.

What’s your favourite bookshop? Comment below…

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Shapa Begum

About Shapa Begum

Hi, I’m Shapa Begum, Blog Editor. Born and raised in East Dulwich, I love what I do here at Dulwich OnView, I’m absolutely passionate about south London and reaching out to local communities – you can read about my favourite Dulwich spots on Time Out London and Completely London blog. My role goes beyond editing, I write, review, participate in conferences/events, attend local happenings and oversee the marketing. There’s no rest for the wicked! When not working, I love to read, write, visit museums and spend time with my loved ones.
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  1. Maureen Mccarthy 1 Feb 2017

    About the book shops – how limiting to make it largely East Dulwich area, but leave active and abandon the vibrant book shops to the west -such as Crow on the Hill, Herne Hill book shop etc

    • Shapa Begum 2 Feb 2017

      Thank you for your comment Maureen. You mentioned some lovely book shops and I’m hoping to cover them and others in another post. This article was focusing more on Dulwich and nearby surrounding book stores. Hoping to cover Herne Hill and wider area soon:)


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