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Welcome to BookBar

an independent bookshop and social space in London

BookBar brings people together through books.

Come and visit our bookshop, wine bar and events space at 166 Blackstock Road, London, join us for one of our in person events or join our virtual BookClub. Browse our Shelf Medicate Prescriptions - bespoke book collections to suit any mood, ask our booksellers for recommendations, or visit our menu of recommendations and suggestions online.

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Newly Added

Your September Reading List

Recently Recommended on Instagram


Our iconic canvas BookBags are the perfect size for your daily essentials.

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The BookBar loyalty card

In partnership with Ambler Primary School. Buy a book and get a stamp. When you get ten stamps we'll donate a book to a child from Ambler.


Visit our bookshop, wine bar, events and social space at 166 Blackstock Road to get started.

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Check out our famous BookBar playlists, courtesy of BookBar's resident DJ

Come and visit us at 166 Blackstock Road, London, N5 1HA

Opening hours:
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 10am-6pm
Wednesday - 10am-9pm
Thursday - 10am-9pm
Friday 10am - 9pm
Saturday 10am - 9pm
Sunday 11am - 6pm

Accessibility information

There is a step to enter the shop and steps throughout the space.
The bathroom is down a flight of stairs in the basement level.
tdoor seating is accessed at street level.

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Book of the Month:

Bellies by Nicola Dinan

Our Book of the Month is Bellies by Nicola Dinan, a beautiful story of first love, self-acceptance, and what happens when who you each become breaks you apart.


While out with friends at a university drag night, Tom buys Ming a drink. Confident and witty, a charming young playwright, Ming is the perfect antidote to Tom's awkward energy, and their connection is instant. Tom finds himself deeply and desperately drawn into Ming's orbit, and on the cusp of graduation, he's already mapped out their future together. But, shortly after they move to London to start their next chapter, Ming announces her intention to transition. From London to Kuala Lumpur, New York to Cologne, we follow Tom and Ming as they face shifts in their relationship in the wake of Ming's transition.

Through a spiral of unforeseen crises - some personal, some professional, some life-altering - Tom and Ming are forced to confront the vastly different shapes their lives have taken since graduating, and each must answer the essential question: is it worth losing a part of yourself to become who you are?


Wine of the Month:

La Vie En Orange, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

We've partnered with our neighbours Top Cuvee to select our Wine of the Month. A three-grape orange blend (Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier), which spent around two weeks on the skins, La Vie En Orange has apples and pears on the nose, and a peachy finish. It's the perfect companion for our Book of the Month, Bellies. Buy a copy and get a glass for £4. Top Cuvee are also offering 50% off Sunday Lunch when you purchase a copy of Bellies from BookBar.

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