Brick Lane Bookshop is an independent bookshop in Tower Hamlets, London, established in 1978.

Christmas Opening Hours
From December 3rd
Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed: 10am-6pm
Thu, Fri, Sat: 10am-7pm

From December 19th-31st
Open 10am-7pm everyday, apart from:
Christmas Eve: 10am-4pm
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: Closed
Tuesday 27th: Closed
Wednesday 28th: Closed
Saturday 31st: 10am-5pm

You can shop online or in person. If you can’t find the book you’re looking for, please get in touch – we can order most books published in the UK by the following working day.

As a thank you to our loyal local customers, we’re offering free delivery to Tower Hamlets residents for orders over £15.

We hope to see you soon!

Brick Lane Bookshop New Short Stories 2022 was published on November 14th.

You can purchase your copy now!

Featuring stories from: Shazia J. Altaf, Avril Caprani, Imogen Fox, Emily Gaywood-James, Giovanna Iozzi, Bonnie Lander Johnson, Miki Lentin, Max Lury, Rosaleen Lynch, Yvette Naden, Hannah Retallick, and Martha Sprackland

‘Exceptional stories, each so startlingly different, yet all stay with you. A true celebration of the short-story form.’ Huma Qureshi

The Brick Lane Bookshop Short Story Prize

The Short Story Prize was launched in 2019 and our aim is to celebrate short stories, to give new writers the chance to be published, encouragement and some financial assistance to write.

Each year we publish an anthology of the twelve longlisted stories. We’re looking for new, exciting, and diverse voices.

Find out more about the 2022 Short Story Prize here.

Buy a copy of the 2022 edition here.

Buy a copy of the 2021 edition here.

2022 Bestsellers

The BLB Podcast

The BLB Podcast is a new project from Brick Lane Bookshop where we interrogate the short story form. We talk about why we love short stories, the writing process and how to get published.

Guests so far: Isha Karki, Aoife Inman, Jarred McGinnis, Jem Calder, Wendy Erskine, Leon Craig, Niamh Mulvey, Huma Qureshi, Ben Pester, Vanessa Onwuemezi, Keith Ridgway and Irenosen Okojie.

Next episode: Manuel Muñoz, author of The Consequences. Out in January.

Listen here, or on your preferred podcast app:


10/12/22, 6.30pm
‘A Spitalfields Christmas Carol’ – A Spirited Guided Tour

Join the creators of the celebrated Backpassage Walks for the return of the critically lauded ‘A Spitalfields Christmas Carol’. A spirited theatrical reading of Charles Dickens’ classic story concludes with mulled wine and seasonal songs around the piano in an atmospheric 17th century hostelry.

Click here for full details and to purchase your tickets.

Gift Cards

Gift cards for our shop can now be bought online – load up any amount you want and have it emailed direct to the recipient.

Can be used to buy books online, and in-store too!

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Poet For Hire

Richard Knight is a poet-for-hire, and can be found on certain weekends set up outside our shop with his typewriter. Pay what you want and have a poem written for you while you browse!

He’s next here on Sunday 13th November.

Our History

Publishing, theatre, visual arts, writing, film, bookselling, events – our shop grew out of a vibrant local network of innovative activities. Ideas often sparked each other – pushing us into new, unexpected directions…

Explore our rich history, from the 70s all the way to the present, here.