How Capitalism Works
Good things go. Bad things stay. The Travel Bookshop was the inspiration for the rom-com Notting Hill, in which Hugh Grant fell in love Julia Roberts.
But despite becoming one of London’s most popular tourist attractions, it emerged on Tuesday that the bookstore is to cease trading after 32 years in business.
A group of writers have offered to work for free in a bid to save it from closing its doors, and Alec Baldwin has added his support to the campaign.
The shop was heavily hit by the recession.
Meanwhile, Dress Circle, the theatre book and music shop in Covent Garden, is also threatened with closure, and has produced a CD to help raise funds to keep going. You’ll find it on their site.
Londoners love specialist shops, but landlords keep increasing rents. These two are the latest to be hit in a year that has seen the threatened closure of many beloved independent stores.