John Sandoe Books Ltd is one of London’s foremost and best-loved independent bookshops. Its beautiful eighteenth century premises is home to over 30,000 titles, carefully selected by staff with nearly 100 years of bookselling – and reading – between them, making Sandoe’s a legend among bibliophiles in London and around the world. The shop opened in 1957, when Chelsea was still bohemian; according to a customer who knew it in its infancy, it began with three planks laid on bricks on which were laid out “all the books one could ever hope to find in one place”. More books and more shelves followed, more floors and an expanding shop front too, but the original ethos remains the same.
Sandoe’s offers a range of services, from our renowned quarterly catalogues, mail order and subscriptions to creating and maintaining libraries, both public and private.