As London locks down in response to COVID-19 independent bookshops are responding to an almost overnight drop in sales in inventive ways, from offering home delivery, leaving books outside the shop for pre-arranged collection, or sending out packages to society’s most vulnerable. Here at the London Society we’ve rounded up a selection of the capital’s independent bookshops who are offering home delivery, so you can still get your fix of architectural books from the comfort of your own home.
1. RIBA Books
Royal Institute of British Architectural Bookshop has closed its doors in response to the pandemic but are providing a next day delivery or Standard service for JCT Contracts and
RIBA Publishing (plus DOM, GTA, Illios and Altrim) titles. 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD
The Covent Garden branch of Magma is a treasure-trove for design students and specialists alike. Whilst their doors are temporarily closed, this indie bookshop are still delivering their eclectic mix of books on photography, architecture and design. 29 Shorts Gardens, WC2H 9AP
3. Libreria bookshop
The innovatively-designed interior of Libreria bookshop sees the arrangement of shelves according to broad themes like ‘Wanderlust’ and ‘The City’, and although you can’t see it for yourself, the booksellers here are offering delivery so you can enjoy the city from your own home. Libreria Bookshop, London E1 5JP