Located in the heart of central London, there has been a bookshop at 22 Thurloe Street since the 1940s. South Kensington Books, Ultimate Library’s sister bookstore, has been operating from the address since 2010 when it received a major overhaul both inside and out. It has always been a bustling and lively bookshop with a proper old-school feel to it and is the perfect place to while away half an hour browsing for the best new titles on the market.

Just a short distance from some of the best museums and galleries in the UK, the shop is usually a welcome attraction to both locals and tourists alike. South Kensington Books specialises in providing titles on the visual arts, architecture and photography, with an extensive range of history books. Browsing the shelves, you will also find a hugely varied range of titles covering poetry, music, biography, cookery and fiction. They supply books to meet the needs of any avid reader, and their personal touch when it comes to recommendations adds a distinctive feel to the shopping experience.

Over the last few weeks Covid-19 has seriously affected independent bookshops across the world and as everyone deals with the difficulties as a community, it has been brilliant to see a huge outpouring of creativity and positivity from smaller businesses. In incredibly troubling times, it is more important than ever to ensure that people remain connected and supported and one of the best ways to relax, escape and educate is through the power of a good book. The characters that have shaped our lives and world are solidified in the pages of literature, and as the faithful and steadfast friends we have come to know and love, they remain by our sides during times of need, offering strength, love and solidarity.

Unfortunately, South Kensington Books was forced to close its doors on Monday 23rd March 2020 in order to ensure the safety and health of both its staff and customers. This was a very tough decision to make but also a necessary choice given the rapid development of the situation.

Since the shop’s closure, the dedicated booksellers are offering free online and over the phone consultations, where an experienced bookseller will guide you the perfect title. All it takes is a short call or email for them to help you to choose your perfect book. If you would like any more information on how this process works, please visit their website for more details. To receive a bespoke consultation, please email enquiries@kensingtonbooks.co.uk.

Both Ultimate Library and South Kensington Books would like to thank you for your continued support during this period. It has been an incredibly challenging time for our clients and many independent businesses and our thoughts are with everyone in this uncertain time brought about by Covid-19.  Stay home and stay safe.