It’s a brand new year, and that means another year for books to thrive! As we previously reported, book sales are on the up! This is obviously good news for authors, but it is also great news for bookstores! If you’re a constant reader and a lover of antiques, and an old-style feel, there’s one particular place you you need to visit if ever you are in London.
Cecil Court is a pedestrian street still lined by the architecture of 1894. This charming 17th-century alley is completely lined up with secondhand bookstores and antique shops. It is known as the ‘Booksellers’ Row’ and for good reason. It is now known to bibliophiles everywhere as the home to nearly twenty antique stores and second-hand independent bookshops. These bookstores and antique shops include specialists and experts on modern first editions, collectible children’s books, early prints, rare maps and atlases, antique prints, theatrical ephemera, and a contemporary art galley. Not to mention that it’s as historical as it is alluring. Mozart stayed here for a year when he was just eight-years-old and touring Europe.
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Cecil Court is a hidden gem for bibliophiles and Harry Potter fans. It was used as the inspiration and filming area for Diagon Alley and The Leaky Cauldron (at least for the entrance.) Some people have mentioned that it really did make them feel like they were going into Diagon Alley.
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Although the street is just a short walk away from a highly trafficked thoroughfare, it somehow maintains its magical and cozy atmosphere.
The buildings that stand today date back as far as the late 19th century, making a casual stroll through the alley feel like a walk through London’s past.
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