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18 Places In London To Read Your Favourite Book

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A book with a view.

St Dunstan-in-the-East

Closest station: Tower Hill

These stunning ruins create the perfect atmosphere to escape into the pages of a good book. Bring your lunch, your book and curl up on one of the benches or the courtyard grass for a perfect little getaway.

London Review Bookshop

Closest station: Holborn

If you need a new book and a place to read it in, a visit to the London Review of Books shop is a must. The lovely little café-bookshop combo is completely charming and most certainly a comfy place to settle in with a recommended read.

Scarfes Bar

Closest station: Holborn

Visit the Rosewood London Hotel to cosy up in one of . Scarfes Bar is a cosy and classy haunt to curl up with your favourite read, and has a killer drinks menu to boot.

The Rosery in Battersea Park

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Closest station: Battersea Park

Battersea Park has plenty secret spots you can hide out in while you escape into your book, but the Rosery, with its gorgeous landscaping and atmosphere takes the cake.

Sky Garden

Sky Garden

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Closest station: Monument

Book a free visit to the Sky Garden for a rainy day. Get comfy in the garden or along the edges for a fantastic view, and enjoy the stunning natural light while you soak up a good story in this fab spot.

Hyde Park Lido

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Closest station: Lancaster Gate

Read by the waterfront beside the Serpentine Hyde Park Lido. Grab a coffee from the café or rent a lounger for £3.50 to spend all day reading on the sun terrace.

The Prospect of Whitby

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Closest station: Wapping

Have an open-air drink and read at this charming riverside pub in Wapping. The inside is cosy and the outdoors is airy and secluded, and either way you get a stunning view of the Thames.

The Tate Modern

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Closest station: Southwark

Grab a comfy spot in an inspiring gallery room, or make your way up to the espresso bar balcony to read with a coffee and a brilliant view of the Thames.

Earl of Lonsdale

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Closest station: Ladbroke Grove

Get away from the hustle and bustle of Portobello Road Market with a nip into this friendly and quiet little pub. Often hidden behind stalls, there’s usually plenty of room and the bar’s maze-like interior means you get plenty of privacy.

The Bush Theatre


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Closest station: Shepherd’s Bush Market

This charming west London theatre venue is housed in the former Shepherd’s Bush Public Library, and keeps the building’s history alive with a cosy cafe and play library in the theatre’s atrium. You can easily spend all day cuddled on the sofa with your favourite book, or head out to the lovely beer garden for some fresh air.


Closest station: Camden Town

All of Yumchaa’s four locations across London are the perfect combination of cosy and modern, but the vibe at the branch in Camden Lock Market outdoes them all. The cosy corner café on the second level of the Lock lets you enjoy the hustle and bustle of the weekend food market while you read, and it’s just a lovely way to spend the day. Plus, Yumchaa’s vanilla scone is actually to die for.

UCL Main Quad

Closest station: Euston Square

Nip into this wide open space with your book for a simple and refreshing central London getaway. The university’s main quad is full of grassy spots, benches, and stair and ledges so that you can find your own private space to get some air and some reading in.

The British Library

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Closest station: King’s Cross

This classic spot for book lovers is the perfect place to spend the day out with your current read. With tons of nooks, a splendid courtyard, and a stunning view from the indoor cafe seating, you’ll be inspire to gobble up the book your own and find another while you’re there.

East Dulwich Tavern

Closest station: East Dulwich

This cosy south London pub is a perfect little local for you and your current read. Pop into the inviting pub for a drink and cosy up in an armchair or venture into the garden to get your read on.

Institut Français

Closest station: South Kensington

The lovely Médiatheque library at the Institut Français is free to access, so take your own English book to read in the charming nook, or brush up on your French.

The Roof Gardens

Closest station: High Street Kensington

For a true escape, take yourself and your favourite read on a classy date to this sky high open air garden in Kensington. You’ll have a stunning view, and fairy tale atmosphere, perfect for sinking deeper into the pages of your book.

Geffrye Museum

Closest station: Hoxton

Hide away in the Geffrye’s charming and inviting courtyard, where you can seek out a private nook, or lay out on the grass beds while you swallow a good book whole.

Lyceum Tavern

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Closest station: Covent Garden

If you need a quick reading fix in Central London, a visit to Covent Garden’s Lyceum Tavern is just what the doctor ordered. The pub offers plenty of secluded spots to be alone with a beer and your book, even with all of the the chaos right outside the windows.