What is the bookshop crawl?
London Bookshop Crawl started in 2016 as a way to get a group of book lovers offline and into the real world to meet each other, discover brilliant bookshops and buy books with others who wouldn’t judge their book acquisition issues.
The London Bookshop Crawl aims to bring book lovers together in a joyful celebration of all things bookish and give some much needed support to (mainly independent) bookshops in the otherwise fairly grim retail month of February. Over the course of the weekend you are encouraged to visit as many bookshops as possible, post about how great they are on social media (using #LondonBookshopCrawl), buy some books and grab some of the amazing freebies and discounts on offer and meet some new bookish friends. You can also attend some of the incredible events put on and if you want to be a proper bookshop crawl geek you can get bookshop crawl patches, bags, and more on their Merchandise page.
Over the years the bookshop crawl has expanded from one day to a weekend long event including longer guided groups, a book swap brunch, behind the scenes tours of some special literary locations and more. In 2020 they’re celebrating our 5th birthday!