Book Warehouse, SE1 7AB
- 104 Lower Marsh, SE1 7AB
- 10am-7pm Mon-Fri; 9am-7pm Sat; closed Sun
One of a small chain of bargain bookshops, with half a dozen outlets in London.
It's on Lower Marsh near Waterloo Station. It was previously on the corner of Waterloo Road and Lower Marsh photo, but moved in early 2015 due to redevelopment of the old site, and is now located inside Gramex music shop.
The information below relates to the old location; we haven't yet visited the new location, and hence some details may be out of date.
Books are arranged by category; these include history, transport, erotica, photography, design, cookery, health, fitness. They also have fiction and children's books. On Kake's July 2008 visit the science fiction section was really quite pathetic, consisting mainly of several books by each of a few big names — Terry Brooks, Arthur C Clarke, Robert Jordan, etc. On the other hand, the transport and London sections were pretty good, and I bought one or two books from each - The Bus We Loved, a history of the Routemaster; Jewish London: An Illustrated History; and another one about the history of Hammersmith and Fulham — for just under £15 for all three.
On another visit in January 2014, Kake failed to find any interesting London books.
Kake's verdict: Definitely worth a look if you're passing, since you might well be able to pick up a bargain; but the stock is too hit-and-miss for it to be worth a special trip.