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Address: 66 Marchmont St. | WC1, London, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7278 7654
10:00 - 18:30
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Sun 14:00 - 18:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 18:30

A bookshop with subject matter for the gay community.

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Great little cute bookshop

It's a pretty small bookshop, true, but there are still many books and curious souvenirs. Staff are helpful and friendly.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 August 2016
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Pola de Laviana, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

It's a pretty small bookshop, true, but there are still many books and curious souvenirs. Staff are helpful and friendly.

Thank JaimeGarcia94
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

Very easy walk from the Russell Square tube station to this store. Excellent Service! I bought 3 books!

Thank Eliran G
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

We found ourselves there after watching the movie Pride, and thought the bookstore was a small cozy store with a wide selection of really great books (as well as books about Orange is the New Black, for fans). The man behind the table was very engaging & nice and we chatted with him for a few minutes. There are t-shirts,... More 

Thank Angelica B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

Great place, not too pretentious or over the top. AMAZING selection!!! They have academic and fun reading selections. And a lesbian discussion group!

Thank Shelby S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2016

Very easy walk from the Russell Square tube station, with lots of good choices for eating nearby. I bought a book the day I arrived in London, and went back for a reading that I very much wanted to see the next day. The space is cozy and the owner is welcoming. This store is a gem of queer culture.

Thank Susan S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2016 via mobile

Unpretentious and comprehensive LGBT book shop, selling everything from LGBT textbooks to queer pulp fiction and everything in between. Fiction section is particularly extensive, and the shop also carries queer cinema DVDs which can be hard to find elsewhere. The owner is very friendly and polite- always makes time to talk to you or offer recommendations. Worth a visit for... More 

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Allendorf, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015

Easy to find short walk from Russell square tube station. Very friendly staff. Recommended books are labeled. Teenage book section very comprehensive and appealing.

Thank Caronuffel
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2014

Not suffering from its rising fame, this little place is unpretentious, staff are friendly, helpful, a variety of books/magazines somewhere on the gay spectrum, great second-hand, biography and 'serious' study sections as well as a the whole array of gay fiction.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014 via mobile

The most amazing range of LGBT literature in England. The staff are welcoming and helpful. Me and my girlfriend visted and spent 20minutes browsing, sitting on the floor reading blurbs. Give this local legend a visit! Great for couples, solos and friends.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2013 via mobile

The shop was an absolute delight with books and second hand books from every genre, magazines, queer studies etc. I could browse for hours. The shopkeeper was very friendly and helpful as well. Wish there were more stores like this all around the world. Keep it up, GTW!

1 Thank raphmike

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