Any Amount of Books The Charing Cross Road Bookshop

Located just a minute away from Leicester Square underground station on Charing Cross Road, a street synonymous with secondhand bookselling and book stores in London. Charing Cross Road is in the heart of London’s theatre district, close to Covent Garden, Chinatown and Soho.


Bookshop browsing in a global pandemic:
Since the onset of the Covid pandemic we've taken great care to try and make the bookshop a safe workplace for our staff and a safe shopping environment for all our customers.

Our key mitigations are face coverings and ventilation. We ask everyone to wear a face mask over their nose and mouth while in the shop (unless for a genuine medical reason this is not possible.)
We have added mechanical ventilation to the downstairs rooms and to the back of the ground floor shop area, as well as keeping the front door open as much as possible to reduce the risk from airborne Covid aerosols.
We have also recently invested in HEPA filter air purifiers to assist in air changes when the ventilation is not enough.
Ventilation mitigates but does not remove the risk, so face masks are still required from all customers in the shop at all times.
The shop is cleaned every morning and surfaces wiped down throughout the day.

We are limiting numbers in the bookshop to ensure the bookshop is never crowded.

Here are our safe shopping guidelines :

  √   Wear a mask
  √   Watch your distance

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You will need to wear a facemask or face covering to enter the shop, for everyone's safety. As it is a small shop, we have risk assessed that this continues to be necessary. (with discretionary exemptions to people with genuine medical reasons or a disability that prevents them wearing a face covering).
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We will be limiting numbers of customers in the shop, but its very unlikely you will have to queue or wait to enter the shop, and if so only for a very short time.
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Please keep a good distance from others when possible. Be patient and respect other people's space.
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Listen to the staff and follow their instructions.


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Illustration of the shop above drawn by customer Swetha Kanithi, 2018
"London is filled with charming buildings, but Any Amount of Books is easily one of my favourite second-hand books stores in the universe. I love it to the moon and back."


You can buy online, but its a lot more fun to do so in the shop. We have new stock going out daily. So if you didn't find what you were looking for last time, you might get lucky next time. You are very welcome to browse for as long as you want, and we can put books aside for you.

Warning: book buying can be addictive

56 Charing Cross Road

Open 7 days a week:
Monday - Saturday:
11.30am to 7.30pm
Sunday: 12.30 to 6.30 pm


Plan your journey:

London Underground:

  • Leicester Square: (Northern and Piccadilly Lines) 1 minute walk, 45 metres
  • Tottenham Court Road: (Northern and Central Lines) 8 minute walk, 640 metres

London Buses:

  • Buses 24, 29, 176 travel along Charing Cross Road
  • Buses 14, 19, 38 travel along Shaftesbury Avenue
  • Or use the CityMapper tool below to find your way to us.


Please note that the bookshop is on two levels and there is a single set of stairs, but no lift, to access the lower ground floor. There is a small single step up from the street level to the ground floor of the shop. We are happy to search for books for customers who may have difficulty accessing all parts of the shop due to disabilities. Please do ask us and we would welcome feedback on how we can improve the envronment of the shop to make it more accessible.


There are a good cluster of other bookshops within easy walking distance of us, if you want to make a proper day of book browsing. The London Bookshop Crawl put together this handy map guide for bookshops in the immediate area.


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Open 7 days a week:
Monday to Saturday 11.30 am to 7.30 pm
Sunday 12.30 am to 6.30 pm


+44 (0) 20 7836 3697


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