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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
ALSO WORTH A VISIT…
Address: 14 Bury Pl, London WC1A 2JL
Address: 6 Chiltern St, London W1U 7PT
Address: 118–120 Wardour St, Soho, London W1F 0TU
Charlotte Street News
Address: 66 Charlotte St, London, Fitzrovia, London, United Kingdom W1T 4QE
Cow and co
Address: 15 Cleveland Square, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 5BE
Address: 2 Tony Wilson Place Manchester M15 4FN
Address: 3 Thornton’s Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 6LQ