London's 7 Best Bars with Books

Is curling up with a book in a comfy chair one of your favourite pastimes? Good news is that you can actually go out and enjoy your book at the same time. If you think that nothing can beat the comfort of your own home, just give it a try. For those interested in discovering new exciting places with an unusual design, these spots are definitely worth checking out. From superhero America to Victorian England, you'll find a lot of sources of inspiration here. This list will help you choose the best London bar with books, whether you like an old-fashioned library as a style reference or want to actually do some serious reading.


#1. The Hidden Library in the Gorringe Park Pub in Tooting

This traditional British pub has a few different rooms to choose from. One of them is the quiet and relaxing Library room. The decor and ambience make it a perfect place for a laid-back lunch with a new gripping bestseller or an old favourite in front of you. It is also a great spot for business negotiations or a friendly rendezvous.

 29 London Rd, London, SW17 9HW

#2. The Fable Bar

Inspired by Aesop's fable this place is as much unusual as it is cosy. Come for a cup of coffee with a well-worn book or a business meeting, take your loved ones here for a spot of dinner. Whatever you choose to do here, you will enjoy the sight and the feeling. A great bonus: it opens early.

 52 Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2FD

#3. The Society Club

The Society Club is a bookshop, an art gallery and a bar all at once. This heady mix only seems unbelievable at first: in fact, it might be one of the most welcoming bars in London. Or bookshops. The customers are offered a rich choice of drinks and snacks as well as great wall art collection which changes regularly and an event programme filled to the brim.

 12 Ingestre Pl., London, W1F 0JF

#4. Far Rockaway Bar

This is a great spot for those who enjoy comics, but the fans of American-style establishments are also very welcome. With the ceiling covered in skateboards and chicken wings on the menu, this is the place to go in the search of New York hipster cool. Great for a private party or hanging out with friends.

 97-113 Curtain Rd, London, EC2A 3BS

#5. The Book and Record Bar

The Book and Record Bar has an incredible vinyl collection: classics, everyone's favourite and the hidden or half-forgotten gems you have never heard of before. And, of course, the books. If you love both music and reading, here you will find a lot to browse through.

 20 Norwood High St, London, SE27 9NR

#6. Hidden Bar at BFI

Benugo Bar and Kitchen at British Film Institute has it all: the atmosphere, the exquisite cuisine, the incredible location. And if that weren't enough, there is a not-so-well-kept secret, a hidden room where the walls are lined with books. A secret library paradise for book lovers, the place where books and hard liquor exist in perfect symbiosis.

 BFI, Belvedere Rd, London, SE1 8XT

#7. The Cinnamon Club

This Indian restaurant is definitely not what you might expect. First of all, it's in the library which certainly elevates the atmosphere and calls for a touch of smart casual at the very least. Secondly, the cuisine itself is unusual, innovative and definitely worth tasting. Put together, you have a dining venue that you will not forget in a hurry.

 The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith St, London, SW1P 3BU
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