Great independent bookstore in Fulham. Conveniently, they have a coffee shop right in the store for lazy afternoons and browsing. Their travel section downstairs is great, and they also have a nice section of children's books. The staff actually know what they have in the store, and the selection seems to have been chosen with a bit more care and consideration than what is found in the monster super-stores. Yes, the Borders in the Fulham Broadway Station is marginally closer, but I feel like a total shmuck when I support them, so it's worth the 10-minute walk to Nomad Books to be able to look at myself in the mirror without shame and self-loathing.
Incidentally, it is almost directly across the street from Local Hero, another classic Fulham independent shop, so you could support two independents with one quick jaunt down the Fulham Road.
Nomad Books has that cozy and cluttered feel that all bookstores should have. Its coffee shop is a wonderful place to sit and browse through your selection to make a final decision all the while enjoying a beverage. Although it's child-friendly, even the kids seem to pick up on the mellow vibe and not run completely wild--as can be the case in Fulham!
My husband and I always come to the bookshop when we're planning a holiday. Hidden in a private room downstairs is the travel books/travel writing section. It's complete with a large table laid out with maps and lamps and feels like you're planning a proper expedition! We usually wander the section, grab all the countries that catch our eye and sit there, plotting and narrowing it down. Bliss on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Hope I haven't let the secret out!
There is also a book club--but I have never had the time. One day!
I love books and love finding small independent book shops. Nomad is an incredible shop! I love that they have a cafe and rather than being in its own section it is part of the shop and surrounded by books. When you walk around you find little nooks and crannies where you can curl up with a book. The shop feels more like a warm living room rather than just a book shop.
The shop was busy, but the space is well laid out and you can easily get around mothers with strollers, which is always a plus. I really did enjoy just browsing the book shop and was shocked when I realized I'd spent an hour in the shop, just looking at books....pure bliss!
This book shop is the prefect mixture of picture books, bean bags, Tolstoy, Will Self and cake. It's as edgy as an obesity ward but as warm and lovely as a Sunday afternoon by the fire with a group of people who say lovely a lot. They have a really nice little café to one side of the shelves and they serve food and drink all day - all tasty. The selection in this place is great although it tends to stand a few feet further away from the bestsellers than say, Waterstones.
Many of the newer books have a little book mark poking out the top with a short review from a member of staff and this makes a nice little gesture if you need a bit more convincing than the blurb on the back. This is the sort of place that would win the Booker prize for shops.
What a great bookstore. Perfect for browsing through books, getting a coffee from the cafe in the store and just relaxing and unwinding. Bigger stores may try to get the same feel but not quiet there. Love the personal handwritten review notes on a lot of the books. Makes book reading a pleasure!
Great bookshop, lots of corners to sit in and read whilst having a coffee
These days with WH Smith everywhere an independent bookshop like this one is hard to find. Nomad Books is a really nice place to browse - a book lover's haven. It has extensive travel and children's sections. All other book sections covered as well; fiction, biography, history, art, interiors, garden etc. Coffee and cafe food available within the shop too. Excellent staff.
Nomad Books is a general booksellers set in the heart of Fulham. We specialise in children's books, with a dedicated area with lots of comfortable seating and weekly and monthly events aimed at all ages. You will also find a curated selection of the best new fiction and non-fiction, chosen and reviewed by our expert staff. While you browse you can also grab a coffee from our cafe bar, or settle down with your chosen title to a cup of tea and a slice of home-made cake.
Established in 1991.
Nomad was started as a travel bookshop in a smaller premises on the Fulham Road by book aficionado Harriet Morton. A few years later the shop moved into a bigger space just down the road, allowing expansion for a cafe and more specialist sections. We've been at 781 Fulham Road since then, come in and visit us.
Harriet grew up in the Fulham area and has owned the bookshop since its inception in 1991. She loves to travel and reads new hardback fiction voraciously!
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