The Kemptown Bookshop

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Books: The Kemptown Bookshop is Brighton’s award-winning independent bookshop. Established 50 years ago, it has three floors of books for both adults and children. There is a fast, often next day, ordering service for books not in stock.

Events: We are passionate about supporting local authors, encouraging aspiring writers and generating debate about all things books. Most of our events are free to attend and we welcome everyone, no matter how you identify or how others perceive you.

Book Groups: We run three monthly book groups – two for everyone and the other for twenty-somethings. It’s a chance for local people to get together and discuss contemporary and classic fiction.

Book Subscription Box: Our monthly subscription includes a newly-released hardback or paperback fiction book chosen by our team of experienced booksellers – sustainably gift-wrapped – a literary-themed postcard, and a bookmark, together with a drink and a snack to enjoy with the book.We offer three levels of subscription and the cost depends on where in the UK you live. Find out more.

Stationery: The bookshop also sells a select range of premium stationery, from notebooks, pens and paperweights, to bookmarks and ex libris stickers.

Toys & Games: We stock a carefully sourced range of children’s toys and games, from cotton dolls and spinning tops, to chess and Chinese chequer.

Prints: Kemptown Bookshop is also home to the Bookroom Art Press. The complete print collection can be purchased, framed or unframed, directly from the bookshop.

The Bookroom Cafe: Pop upstairs for a coffee from local roasters White Cloud, a cuppa from Brighton tea blender Bird & Blend and try cakes from Kemptown bakery Egg&Spoon. It’s the perfect place to dive into your latest read, start that novel or catch up with friends.


Best Bookshop of the Year, London and the South. Publishing News and the Bookseller’s Association.

One of the UK’s top independent bookshops 2024 – The Times

One of Brighton and Hove’s Top Ten Shops – Independent on Sunday.

Third Best Shop in the UK: Parliamentary Best Small Shops Competition.