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12 July 2010

Browse the Southbank Centre Book Market

Your author loves to browse for books and one particularly atmospheric spot to do so is at the Southbank Centre Book Market, beneath Waterloo Bridge on the South Banks's Queen's Walk.

The centre claims that this is one of the only outdoor second-hand and antique book markets in southern England, and thanks to the covering of the bridge, it is open every day, whatever the weather.

The books are a little more expensive than at your local church hall or jumble sale, but it's a lovely spot to search for something special, and since Oxfam Books arrived on the scene these prices have become the norm. The one thing that has always puzzled your author, however, is that the market always seems to be packing up just as he arrives. It can't just be a coincidence...

The market runs every day until approximately 7pm. For more, visit the page on the Southbank Centre website here.


  1. I am only in the UK every second summer, and even then, only for a few weeks. Certainly I love the history, the architecture, the paintings, the canals, landscape, islands and every other thing, but mostly I miss the British book markets *sighs longingly*

  2. Agreed. Books are ace. Books in markets are better.