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About Us

Worlds End Bookshop has been a fixture on the Kings Road for over thirty years, and is a focal point for local artists, musicians, readers and revolutionaries. You will find a wide range of books on our shelves; including modern first editions, rare art books, serious antiquarian tomes, irreverent science fiction and counter-culture, as well as strong literature, poetry and music sections. Our shop is a dream for browsing, and we invite you to come down, take some time and be surprised.

Giles Lyon, the keen-eyed owner of the business, has a flair for finding fantastic books, ignoring the smoking ban, talking cricket and fostering a shop atmosphere where students, rock stars, intellectuals and rebels feel welcome.

Kaitlyn Mellini came on board in August 2016, bringing with her fresh enthusiasm, a pleasantly pushy, American sales demeanor, a Masters in art history and a love of beautiful books. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, she has a degree in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Denver. Six years ago, Kaitlyn took a leap of faith and moved to London and she is still amazed at her good fortune of landing at Worlds End Bookshop and entering the dynamic and fascinating world of books.

Megan Slade is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in speech therapy at the University of London. She continues to assist in the shop, so be sure to come in on a Saturday to say hello.

Max Hart-Walsh has displayed what can be best described as ‘glimmers of competence’ since joining Worlds End in the spring of 2017.  With a background in rare books, modern American literature and Irish sentimentality, his foray into bookshop-web-design has been unexpectedly well-received, and only catastrophic on one or two occasions.  He lives in South London in a shed.

We are always interested in buying great books, please see our ‘Sell Your Books’ page for more information.

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Worlds End Bookshop is an accredited member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA), the Provincial Book Fair Association (PBFA), and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB).