Important: entry now by time slot only

7 January 2021

Due to an unprecedented level of demand over the last few days, we can now only admit entry on a strict time-slot basis. You can collect a ticket at the door on a first come, first served basis, which will entitle you to a 30-minute slot later in the day. These tend to run out by the early afternoon, so while we can't guarantee getting one, the earlier you come in the day, the more likely it is that you will.

If you've reserved a book and just need to pick it up, you can mention it at the door and we can let you in quickly to buy it.

We're sorry to have to restrict entry to such an extent, but it's currently the only way to manage the huge numbers of customers and the need to keep things as Covid-safe as possible. Thanks for your patience, and we'll keep you up to date if and when things change!

Sterling is to close

2 January 2021

We're very sad to bring you the news that Sterling is due to close.

Like many businesses, the Covid crisis has hit us hard, and although our sales have been surprisingly good for the last few months, the spring lockdown and the cancellation of the Antwerp Bookfair led our owners to make the decision to close our doors. Unless another solution is found, we'll be shutting permanently on 7 February.

As a result, we'll be offering 50% off everything on the shelf from today on. Of course, this doesn't apply to customer orders.

Needless to say, we're enormously saddened by the decision. The enthusiasm of our customers has always been incredible, and your continued custom and kind words of support this year have meant a great deal to us. It's been a true pleasure to help you, and we'd like to sincerely thank you for your loyalty and friendship over all these years.

Current opening hours

2 January 2021

Our opening hours are now the following:

Tuesday: 10.00 to 18.00
Wednesday: 10.00 to 18.00
Thursday: 10.00 to 18.00
Friday: 10.00 to 18.00
Saturday: 10.00 to 18.00


Seasonal opening hours

19 December 2020

Our opening hours over the Christmas period will be the following:

Monday 21 December: CLOSED
Tuesday 22 December: 10.00 - 18.00
Wednesday 23 December: 10.00 - 18.00
Thursday 24 December: 10.00 - 17.00
Friday 25 December: CLOSED
Saturday 26 December: 10.00 - 18.00
Sunday 27 December: CLOSED

Monday 28 December: CLOSED
Tuesday 29 December: 10.00 - 18.00
Wednesday 30 December: 10.00 - 18.00
Thursday 31 December: 10.00 - 17.00
Friday 1 January: CLOSED


To make things as safe and convenient as possible, please abide by our Covid rules:

- We can admit a maximum of 4 people into the shop at one time
- Please shop alone except where absolutely necessary
- Please limit your visit to a maximum of 15 minutes - you can of course check titles in advance by phone or email
- Please wear a mask that completely covers your nose and mouth, sanitise your hands at the entrance, and keep plenty of distance from other customers and staff

We wish all of you a very merry Christmas in these difficult circumstances!

Christmas 2019 is go!

17 December 2019



Come and visit us this Christmas for all our usual specialities! We have Christmas crackers, mince pies, Christmas puddings, Chocolate oranges and a whole range of other seasonal treats.

Our tables are full of the biggest hits of the year, and of course we'll wrap all your presents in our beautiful paper and ribbons. We also have a special selection of great gifts in our currrent promotion - buy one, get one half price!

Our seasonal opening hours are below:

Sunday 22 December: 12.00-18.30

Monday 23 December: 10.00-18.30
Tuesday 24 December: 10.00-17.00
Wednesday 25 December: CLOSED
Thursday 26 December: 10.00-18.30
Friday 27 December: 10.00-18.30
Saturday 28 December: 10.00-18.30
Sunday 29 December: CLOSED

Monday 30 December: 10.00-18.30
Tuesday 31 December: 10.00-17.00
Wednesday 1 January: CLOSED

We wish you all a wonderful festive season!

Monday 1st April: CLOSED for annual inventory

29 March 2019

We'll be CLOSED on Monday 1st April for our annual inventory. Many thanks for your understanding!

Seasonal opening hours 2018

21 December 2018



Saturday 22 December: 10.00-18.30
Sunday 23 December: 12.00-18.30

Monday 24 December: 10.00-17.00
Tuesday 25 December: CLOSED
Wednesday 26 December: 10.00-18.30
Thursday 27 December: 10.00-18.30
Friday 28 December: 10.00-18.30
Saturday 29 December: 10.00-18.30
Sunday 30 December: CLOSED

Monday 31 December: 10.00-17.00
Tuesday 1 January: CLOSED

We're open for the next two Sundays!

14 December 2018



We're happy to announce that we'll be open on Sunday 16th and Sunday 23rd December, from 12.00 to 18.30!