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5 out of 5 stars
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Liberia bookshop
Iwan Baan

Time Out says

This tech-free bookshop is so into printed words on physical pages that using your mobile phone is banned. ‘Techpreneur’ – and former special advisor to David Cameron – Rohan Silva founded the analogue bookshop as a reaction against digital distractions. The shelves were designed by Slade School artists, their contents arranged to maximise the possibility of chance book discoveries, and there is a whisky bar for events and a risograph printing press downstairs.

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Address: 65 Hanbury St
E1 5JP
Transport: Shoreditch High St Overground
Opening hours: Open 10am-6pm Tue, Wed; 10am-8pm Thur-Sat; 11am-6pm Sun
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This place is a thinking-person's dream. Seriously, it's beautiful, and you can follow the abstract shelf-labelling and find all kinds of literary gems.

A lot of Brick Lane's surrounding streets are filled with 'vintage' tourist-pleasing-type places, but Libreria is the genuine article. It offers a lovely shopping concept - books by association - and though it's small, you can easily spend an age in there.

Highly, highly recommended!


I'm not sure five stars is enough. Libreria is a little hidden gem that is quite obscure from the outside, yet as soon as you walk inside, you enter another world. Vivid yellow floor-to-ceiling walls dominate the cosy space, with armchairs dotted around. It's jam-packed with books spanning every genre possible, complete with a wooden ladder ready for that obligatory photo opportunity. 

Libreria is a haven for bookworms, curated and displayed with themes such as 'the city' or 'wanderlust'. You'll find a few window seat-type nooks dotted around with low lighting, and a children's corner tucked away at the back. They don't allow phones/recording, but if you ask politely you can take photos on a digital camera. I'd avoid Saturday's here if want to browse freely - it gets busy.

Tip: They run risograph printing workshops in the basement.

A bookshop to fall in love with- Libreria blends creativity, design and literary surprises into an irresistible bookshop in the heart of East London. With its dazzling colours, comfy sofas and intriguing mirrors, this alluring literary gem will not only provide a temporary infatuation. Step inside and you may feel momentarily lost among the titles surrounding you, as you discover that books are not ordered by author or title. Look again and you’ll find that Libreria has instead set out to encourage creativity and innovation by curating books ‘to maximise serendipity.’ To achieve this, the shelves are arranged by broad themes, including ‘wanderlust’ or ‘enchantment for the disenchanted.’ Get ready to get lost and found, to forget the titles you may have come in searching for and find ones you never knew would captivate you. Open late every evening, this bookshop also has a programme on offer, including ‘European poetry nights’ or ‘Literary drinks’. Quirky, fun and somewhat mysterious- Libreria is bound to offer a special literary treat for any bookworm out there. 


If your Instagram account doesn't have yet a bookshop captured, then this is your place. Small bookshop, just next to Brick Lane but hidden down Hanbury Street. Despite being quite a small space, the Interior designer have made a brilliant job here. Mirrors on the ceiling and around, shelves heigh enough to reach the ceilings and some comfy chairs to ready in the most appropriate warm lighting. Such a nice place to spend some hours to expose your sophisticated innerself.


A new competition to the Brick Lane Books hidden at the end of Hanbury Street. It’s easy to miss if you follow the typical Spitalfields - Brick Lane-Columbia Flower Market on weekends, but totally worth the extra 5 minutes walk of the main track (and you can discover many street art pieces en route). Libreria is not a typical book shop, at least not in terms of how the titles are organised. You won’t find here the typical sci-fi, philosophy or art sections. Instead, the books are grouped according to ideas. So there you go with ‘The Future and the Death’, ‘Mothers, Madonna, Whores’, or ‘Despair and Redemption’.

The gigantic mirror covering one of the walls gives you an impression on the entrance that the place is endless.  But it’s very cosy and warm, mainly because the dominating yellow colour which mirrors the interiors of its 'mother' on the other, side of the street – Second Home - also worth visiting for their interior and delicious Jago. 

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