Bookworms on River Boats
There's something I've wanted to do for a little while in London - well in fact there are quite a few things, but I'm sure we'll get to that - this one thing in particular is to visit the Floating Bookshop, or 'Word on the Water'. Now permanently moored off Granary Square very close to Kings Cross Station I first read about this deliciously mythic-like barge around a year ago, probably perusing Time Out London, and realised how perfect an afternoon this would make. Walking London's canals, check; tiny used & new bookstore, check; a chance to discover something totally unique, definite check. The idea of it was so heavenly I was slightly worried about going and being disappointed. It also isn't everyone's idea of fun, so it fell lower and lower down the list of things to do on precious-fleeting-time weekends. Then suddenly, I had a cheeky week day afternoon off work and the opportunity seized me, and damn it did not disappoint.
It was overcast and pretty grey (as London often is) but this cute little barge drew us in with colour and warmth - there was even a woodburner! It was suprisingly roomy inside, and I was all about the niche little touches (typewriter, sailor hat, printed quotes here and there). It felt like a very loved little shop, and no matter your literary taste, there is something for you there. Fan of Freud? They've got it. Turn-up for Turner? Got him too. Mad about Mr Men? They're waiting for you.
I have a feeling Word on the Water might get a little busy on weekends, but I'd still go back then if you're weekday days are normally spent in an office like mine. It's cute, fairly good value, and I'm pretty sure you would come away with a smile and some happy finds in hand like I did - they sell the occassional vinyl too!