Top 10 UK indie magazine stores

We asked our independent mags what their favourite stores are, then put them together in a beautiful blog post so you can locate them easily. Go us.

LONDON:

ARTWORDS

Address: Rivingston Street St, London EC2A/20–22 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ

Recommended by: Courier, Mid-century

About: Spacious, kooky and supplier of several of the magazines found on Readbug, Artwords Bookshop stocks a wide range of magazines on subjects such as fashion, photography, fine art, architecture, and of course, graphic design.

Books on all the subjects listed above are also on sale. An enjoyable shop layout, definitely worth a visit.

Artwords.co.uk

MAGCULTURE

Address: 270 St John St, London EC1V 4PE

Recommended by: Courier, Hop and Barley, Side-tracked

About: Magculture love magazines so much they designed a ‘pure-play’ magazine shop, where people are encouraged to take their time browsing and enjoy the selection before buying. A revelation for any magazine lover, the shop also boasts several hundred titles.

Magculture.com

KIOSKAFE

Address: 31 Norfolk Pl, London W2 1QH

Recommended by: Courier, Side-tracked

About: A newsstand and coffee bar in one, offering a delectable combination of coffee and magazines, located outside London Paddington station.

The store also caters to busy travellers; stocking essentials such as toothpaste, undies, cologne and hair wax. Who doesn’t crave good hair wax on the road?

kioskafe.com

MAGMA

Address: Magma Covent Garden, Flagship Store, 29 Shorts Gardens, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9AP

Recommended by: Lodestar anthology, Ride Journal, Courier, Mid century

About: Having just launched a flagship store in Convent Garden, Magma is a bookshop chain going from strength to strength. Wordsmiths who are passionate about preserving print in an Internet age, Magma are people lovers with a thing for mags, stocking Readbug favs such as Elephant, Courier and Mid-century.

magma-shop.com

BRIGHTON:

MAGAZINE BRIGHTON

Address: 11–12 Trafalgar St, Brighton, The City of Brighton and Hove, BN1 4EQ

Recommended by: Lodestars, Ride Journal, Courier, Hop and Barley, AnOther Escape

About: Held in high-regard by the magazines we host on the app, this Brighton store sells more than 300 magazines and will have 200+ in the store at any one time. The magazines are handpicked by the store, and therefore are loved by both the store and the customers alike.

magazinebrighton.com

BATH :

MAGALLERIA

Address: 22A Broad St, Bath BA1 5LN

Recommended by: The Ride Journal, Hop and Barley, Side-tracked

About: Magalleria claims to showcase the very best in art, design, fashion, food, literary, cultural and lifestyle magazines. They are interested in material that ‘informs, inspires and excites’, and want your input on what you’d like to see in the store, if it’s not there already. Drop by for a wide variety of classic oldies alongside the new and undiscovered.

magalleria.co.uk

BRISTOL:

PAPERSMITHS

Address: 6A Boyce’s Ave, Bristol BS8 4AA

Recommended by: Lodestars Anthology, Ride Journal, Hop and Barley, AnOther Escape

About: Not only do Papersmiths offer a carefully considered curation of magazines on topics that include interior, architecture, graphics, music, fashion, film, travel, and food, but you can also stock up on beautiful stationary whilst your there. Be warned, your credit card may take a battering.

papersmiths.co.uk

NOTTINGHAM :

IDEAS ON PAPER

Address: Unit 4b, Cobden Chambers, Nottingham, NG1 2ED

Recommended by: Ride Journal, Courier, Hop and Barley, Mid-century

About: This Nottingham shop was designed to feel like being in a graphic designer’s apartment, a dream for the design and mag lovers alike. Coffee is served to customers to encourage lingering, with book groups meeting to discuss all things paper. See you there?

ideasonpapernottingham.co.uk

EXETER:

NO GUTS NO GLORY

Address: 137 Fore St, Exeter, Devon EX4 3AN

Recommended by: ­Lodestars anthology

About: Described on their website as a ‘tiny home of big ideas’, the NGNG shop boasts a range of magazines, including Lodestars Anthology and Another Escape, both even more breath-taking when seen in print. They also sell artist designed home-ware, handmade goods, and plants. Nice.

ngngdesign.com

LEEDS:

COLOURS MAY VARY

Address: Munro House, Duke St, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS9 8AG

Recommended by: The Ride Journal, Hop and Barley, AnOther Escape, Midcentury

About: Specialising in Graphic art and design, typography, illustration and product design, ‘Colours may vary’ offers a wonderfully laid out store with a small, passionate team who aim to please.

colours-may-vary.com

ALSO WORTH A VISIT…

LONDON:

London review

Address: 14 Bury Pl, London WC1A 2JL

londonreviewbookshop.co.uk

Shreeji newsagents

Address: 6 Chiltern St, London W1U 7PT

Wardour News

Address: 118–120 Wardour St, Soho, London W1F 0TU

Charlotte Street News

Address: 66 Charlotte St, London, Fitzrovia, London, United Kingdom W1T 4QE

charlottestreetnews.co.uk

LIVERPOOL:

Cow and co

Address: 15 Cleveland Square, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 5BE

cowandcocafe.com

MANCHESTER:

Cornerhouse

Address: 2 Tony Wilson Place Manchester M15 4FN

LEEDS:

Village Leeds

Address: 3 Thornton’s Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 6LQ

villagebookstore.co.uk