A little bit of internet research for this article led me to discover that, despite my assumptions, Koenig Books isn’t exclusive to London. Apparently, they’re all over Europe. It’s one of my favourite places, though – and if you aren’t familiar with it you should definitely pay them a visit.
There are three branches – one at the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park that I rarely get to, a small branch in the Whitechapel Gallery and this branch on Charing Cross Road that I visit probably a little too often! It’s surrounded by a huge selection of bookshops so it serves as a good starting point if you’re looking for new, used or rare reads.
Koenig stocks a huge selection of interesting coffee table books on topics like art, fashion and design; great non-fiction titles on art theory and a good selection of rare magazines. It’s also a good place to find independent books by small publishers, handmade titles and zines.
It’s great for a budget find (another of my favourite spots to shop for friends’ birthdays) and a good selection of books at reduced prices are located in the basement.