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In 2008, Skoob returned to business in the Brunswick Centre and we’re delighted to say it’s still going strong. The 2,500sq ft of floor space may be in a basement with concrete walls and exposed piping, but the operation is light and airy, and recent reshuffles have made it more logical to navigate the 60,000 titles on display, which cover almost every subject imaginable – from philosophy, biography, maths and science to languages, literature and criticism, art, history, economics and politics.

Holdings are regularly refreshed with stock from the 750,000-strong shop in Oxford that’s also run by personable owner Chris Edwards, and as other bookshops round the country collapse, Skoob buys their stock. Unlike its name, Skoob is not backward in coming forwards, and long may it continue. There’s a discount for students, Wedge card holders and cinema-goers.

Venue name: Skoob
Address: Unit 66
Cross street: The Brunswick
Opening hours: Open 10.30am-8pm Mon-Sat; 10.30am-6pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Russell Square tube
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