Nomad Books on the Fulham Road is a large independent bookshop with a cafe and basement room that can be hired for functions.
Its children’s section is particularly spacious and impressive – no surprise really, as it is currently overseen and managed by a bookseller who previously worked for the Lion and Unicorn children’s bookshop. There are storytelling sessions each Monday and Friday afternoon.
Look at this wonderful display table of World Cup related titles:
I had paid my first visit to the new Foyles flagship store the previous evening and whilst being on the whole impressed I lamented the absence of comfortable seating (the new Foyles has only uncushioned backless benches to sit down on). So I was very pleased to see that at Nomad Books reader and browser comfort is given high priority:
It was late in the afternoon on the day of my visit and the shop was in the middle of a busy week, and in between two significant events.
This ninth indie bookshop visit had been difficult to pre-arrange, as the email address advertised on the website proved not to be the email address that is checked by staff. In the end, as I was in the area, I did what I have not done previously, and turned up unannounced. Apart from not having heard of the ACHUKA blog before, the counter staff were perfectly happy – when they eventually tracked down my original email (sent multiple times) – to let me spend some time in sucking up the vibe and taking photos.
Nomad Books was opened in 1990 by Harriet, who remains an active owner. Acc0rding the the site’s staffing page, the shop is managed on a day-to-day basis by Andrew. There are five other members of staff listed and certainly something that struck me on my visit was the number of people on site (probably double that of a similar sized Waterstones): this included Hannah on the cafe counter, and a cleaner who was busy dusting and tidying.
I liked the care and thought given to the various book displays.
And the way in which, as in all good independent bookshops, a title catches the eye that you have not come across or even necessarily been aware of before:
One of the booksellers, Mark, has a background in graphic design, and he conducts a drawing workshop each week, downstairs in the Reading Room:
The cafe is spacious (plenty of room for pushchairs) and well-frequented, with daily papers provided.
The remaining photos will give you a further feel for this really pleasingly furnished bookshop.
Definitely a must-visit whenever you are near the Fulham Road.
Nearest underground: Parsons Green
But also a pleasant stroll from Fulham Broadway.
The shop stocks just the right amount of secondary merchandise…
But the books hold centre stage…