So I was told that I had to see the Southbank Centre Book Market by a friend and by chance this past Saturday I found myself there. It wasn’t what I expected but goodness it was a fun! I recommend perusing through Stacey’s (Pretty Books) feature A Tour of London Bookshops to go through a London Literary Tour!
The book market is under the bridge, and when I went it was by chance a dark and gloomy day (that makes it seem way more dramatic than it actually was), so there weren’t as many people there as I imagined would be. If it was hot and sunny, I’m sure that place would have been packed! It’s set-up in a standard way, a few tables, each owned by a particular establishment and had so many goodies! There were books and postcards, lithographs and prints, vintage magazines and notebooks. I loved it and had to clutch my pounds to my chest, or I was going to splurge on everything.
I was also massively distracted by Snog and got myself a huge bucket of mango froyo. Isn’t that bus cute?! I didn’t know it then but Snog is part of a chain (I saw another version later in the middle of Covent Garden that afternoon and went oh, I thought it was this great vintage-hipster thing!), but the yogurt was great.
Back to the main point. There was a big range in books and ended up buying an old cover of Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice that reminded me of a copy I had in high-school. What I liked that they had offerings from every genre, some fiction, a few fantasy tomes, great nonfiction, and children’s tomes.
All in all I loved this and I think everyone should go to the book market. Even if just for a moment! And when you go, either get some froyo or stop off at Foyles, buy another book and then get some food from the great foodmarket nearby. Seriously, go, the food is amazing (I had fries fried in duck fat with truffle mayo, like what? What?! I didn’t know you could do that! Such fancy fries!).
Are there any other bloggers who prowl their surroundings? I’d love to read about it! Link it in the comments so I can write them here!