I’ve just picked up on the news that The Lion & Unicorn children’s bookshop is to close in August!
Richmond’s much-loved independent bookshop the Lion & Unicorn, which boasted Roald Dahl as guest of honour at its opening more than 30 years ago, has become the latest victim of rent increases on Britain’s high streets, announcing that it will be shutting up shop in August.
Founded in 1977, the store is one of the only booksellers in the UK devoted solely to children’s books, with its stock ranging from picture books for young children to the latest in teen fiction. The first children’s bookshop ever to win Independent Bookseller of the Year, it has played host to events over the years from authors including Shirley Hughes, Jacqueline Wilson, Philip Pullman and David McKee – plus, at its 1977 opening, Roald Dahl, who had recently published Danny the Champion of the World.
But owner Jenny Morris has now announced that the shop will cease trading, saying that "in recent years our rent has increased to the point where it is now unsustainable. With another rent review due to take place, the decision has been made to terminate our current lease as from August 2013."