At the heart of the community 

Kirkdale Bookshop is probably the oldest independent bookshop in South East London, opening in 1966. We have gradually expanded over the years and now have an extensive range of new and second-hand books over two floors. In 2002 a small art gallery was built, adding a new dimension to the shop. Apart from books and artwork, we have a beautiful range of greetings cards and wrapping paper. Our excellent selection of gifts includes notebooks, diaries, bookmarks, and mugs. We also stock DVDs and Naxos Classical CDs. Our children’s section has books, cards, and toys. We also have a regular storytime for little ones on Saturday mornings.

Kirkdale Bookshop has become a focal point in the community, hosting many cultural events, including author signings, local artists’ exhibitions and children’s events. We have a book group that meets every other month. See the Events page for details.

In the summer we are the box office for Sydenham International Music Festival.

Our friendly staff are always on hand to advise and help you find just the right book or gift for your needs. If we do not have the book you require we will happily order it. We are able to obtain most books within 24 hours.