Big Green Bookshop

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
(67 user reviews)
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A great, community-friendly book shop in north London. BGB regularly hosts readings and book launches with big name guests, as well as regular literary, comedy and music nights, and children's groups.

Venue name: Big Green Bookshop
Address: Unit 1
Brampton Park Rd
N22 6BG
Transport: Tube: Wood Green/Turnpike Lane
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5 / 5

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Simon W

Beautiful shop, with great events put on and very friendly - and knowledgeable - staff

Mary N

This is an inspiring, creative, welcoming and well stocked independent bookshop and should be rewarded for their amazing work. These guys are first class!


Lovely bookshop run by knowledgeable people who are passionate about books.

Ian L

Great service. Brilliant when hosting visits from classes of year 5s on World Book Day. Lovely, lively bookshop.

Ruth C

Very friendly, knowledgable and personable. They are always willing to help and nothing is too much trouble. They are community oriented which is evident from their approach to all their customers.

Daniel W

A great bookshop run by brilliantly friendly people. This shop is a vital and proactive part of the community.

Julia M

The Big Green Bookshop is a gem of a place, full of interesting books and people. They have a great range of events for everyone from children to the literati and are helping bring this high street to life again.

Moira D

It's a small-ish shop with a really good selection of books; they will order books for you and usually get them in quickly. They promote local writers and have good comedy nights. Friendly people work there, who definitely read books themselves!! What's not to like, very much?

Cat B

Friendly knowledgeable staff. Great events. A really great community resource where I've met loads of new friends.

Anne C

A great, friendly, local independent that hosts some brilliant events as well as selling books.

Tom H

Cultural hub, and very cool people, swimming bravely against the Amazon current.

Elizabeth A

Small, friendly, always a great range of books and a slew of other activities almost every evening. terrific bookshop!

Alison W

Lovely, friendly shop, with great kids activities, especially Tim and his guitar

Sam M

They are magnificent, run great events and share the love of books. Boom

Anne M

Unique, friendly, welcoming space offering varied events and excellent books/ordering service. A fantastic addition to Wood Green - long may it remain.

Alison F

Great community asset. Loads of interesting events, friendly and engaged staff and of course lots of great books (most things obtainable within a day)

Fiona M

Tim and Simon are always really friendly and prepared to go that extra bit to help you out.  They even manage to make singing and stories for the under 5s fun for the adults, thanks to the slightly irreverent running commentary.  A very valuable community resource.

Ren W

they sell books and sometimes sausages. what more could you want?! An amazing community focussed bookshop

Jim D

Brilliant bookshop with fantastic, friendly and knowledgeable staff, and a well-curated selection of books. Also, fabulous events!

Laura S

Great shop which hosts lots of events and runs a brilliant curated mail order book club!

Jo K

A true independent gem within the heart of a community, there's an awful lot that the BGB cram into a small space including talks, quizzes, music, comedy, kids events… and they have a few good books for sale too.

Emma M

An excellent bookshop! They introduce you to books you might otherwise miss, can order anything you want really quickly, and have very cool events.

George R

Slightly off the beaten track in both location and books on offer.
Turn off the high street and other bookshops stuffed with James Patterson clones, 50 Shades of Whatever and the latest YA Fantasy-Romance and you'll find the Big Green Bookshop. This bookshop has a surprising selection of gems, rather than just the books that have gotten film adaptations like most seem to.

Chris L

The staff are always friendly and helpful and for a small bookshop, it has a great range of novels and other books. It is truly a community bookshop with lots of events, some with some really impressive guest writers

Leah W

The Big Green Bookshop has the friendliest, most enthusiastic staff and puts on a great range of events. I love the book group I go to there. It's like a community hub as well as a bookshop.

Dan G

Excellent bookshop with a top selection of reading material (both new and second hand) and some great events.


Superb independent bookstore in Wood Green. Great guys, great books, great events, full of stories themselves

Emily D

This shop is a delight - regular, reasonably priced events (comedy, author events, toddler story time, writing groups...) and run by committed book lovers, whose taste in books is second to none. They also sell cards and toys, and have a dedicated short fiction section, as well as secondhand 'pay what you like'. I always favour a trip to the BGBS over online shopping. In a high street of homogenous chains, Wood Green is very lucky to have this place.

Kerree A

Best book shoppe ever. It is a shop on steroids with fabulous things like talks, events, readings, clubs etc etc etc. I could go on. Just check it out if you don't know about it.

Jo A

No neighbourhood should be without a proper bookshop and BGBS is a proper independent bookshop plus a whole lot more. It makes a real contribution to Wood Green's cultural and social life and we are lucky to have it.

Kerrie D

If you think this is just a place to buy books you haven't seen what this magical ramshackle little shop is capable of! Brilliant guests (eg Viv Albertine), quiz nights, music nights, book clubs galore AND lovely people with a social conscience - featured on BBC for organising book deliveries to the Jungle Library.

Jean-paul B

Quite simply the best bookshop in London. From doing outstanding work with local schools to engaging with the local community in hosting quiz nights, live music etc the BGG is a shop that we should treasure. On top of that owners Simon and Tim are also two of the nicest people that you will ever meet.

Milda n

Lovely local book shop.
They also do songs and stories for under 5s on Mondays and Fridays - lots of fun for toddlers and parents!

Kashaf C

This is not just a bookshop, it's a crossroads of fun and frivolity. Run by two exuberant and passionate owners who have turned a compact shop where you can get everything from the latest Mantel to a gritty thriller from a local author. If that wasn't enough the knitting group, the board gamers, the book club and many more clubs meet and when they're not around the shop is a music/comedy venue that just also happens to get some of the biggest authors to visit Wood Green. The Big Green is all things to all people. Long may it thrive.

Sandra P

A really great independent community bookshop. They will order books in and phone/text you when it arrives. They run readers and writers groups as well as author events. They cater for all groups in the diverse community of Wood Green

Lisa R

Best shop in Wood Green.
Best shop in North London.
Best shop in all of London? Possibly!

Nito L

A great small bookshop, it is always a pleasure to visit. Two great owners who always think of new bibliophile events to enthuse young and old. There used to be a lovely bookshop in Wood Green, but it was taken over by a chain who then went on to close it. Out of its ashes the (little) Big Green Bookshop thankfully arose. May they continue to serve the community and the whole of bookdom.

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