Word On The Water

WHAT WE LOVE: A 100 year old Dutch barge is home to unique bookshop Word on the Water, also known as The London Bookbarge.

WHERE: On Regent’s Canal Towpath, close to King’s Cross station, Granary Square and Coal Drop Yards.

WHO: Friends and partners, Jonathan Privett, Paddy Screech and Stephane Chaudat.

Every surface of this floating bookshop, both outside and in, are stacked and lined with books. Word on the Water offers both new and second-hand titles. In fine weather the plant filled top deck hosts readings and live music on the roof stage. Inside the barge, a series of cozy rooms are decorated with comfy chairs, vintage typewriters and antique carpets. There is even a wood-burning stove for making tea and adding warmth in colder days.

The barge is a short walk from King’s Cross station (home to Platform 9 3/4 of Harry Potter fame) to its mooring on Regent’s Canal Towpath. Nearby is popular Granary Square and Coal Drop Yards. Coal Drop Yards, converted Victorian brick buildings, now a vibrant retail destination featuring many independent brands and makers, restaurants and galleries.

Word on the Water is open daily from noon to 7pm.


Word on the Water bookbarge, Regent's Canal, Kings Cross.
Bookbarge interior, King's Cross.
Word on the Water book cases.
Vintage typewriters decorate the interior of Word on the Water bookbarge on Regent's Canal.
A wood-burning stove for making tea and adding warmth in the winter.

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