About Us

Welcome to The Broadway Bookshop – a small but beautiful independent bookshop in busy Broadway Market, Hackney. We specialise in literary fiction and have a good range of poetry, philosophy & essays, politics, biography, city literature, travel, art, fashion, music and children’s books.

“Coffee bar? Pianist? DVDs? No thanks. We’re here to buy a book, remember. If you’re looking for reading matter more inspiring than three-for-two airport novels, London’s independent bookstores are a treasure trove of intriguing tomes. Old-fashioned customer service beats a chai latte hands down.” — Time Out

“‘This is how a bookshop should be arranged, it makes so much sense’…..the stock is bang up to date…with the added value of a warm and knowledgeable personal service.” — Independent London Store Guide No. 2

“Jane Howe cheered me up. She opened the Broadway Bookshop in Hackney last November, and it’s the sort of place that captivates you as soon as you walk through the door. She says it’s going “fantastically”, though admits she doesn’t know how fantastically because her accountant is just calculating the small matters of turnover and profit. She is definitely a booklover rather than a bean-counter, but you sense her love is so intense that the beans will look after themselves.

Howe had been in bookselling, at three different shops, for 15 years, and last year decided to take the plunge and set up on her own. “It was now or never,” she says. She was planning to open a shop in fashionable Brick Lane in the East End, but then discovered Broadway Market. “The moment I saw this shop and the market, I knew it was better than Brick Lane for a bookshop because it’s a community street. I came and sat in the pubs and the bars for a few evenings to see what kind of people lived here, and they were all between 25 and 35. I would listen to their conversations and they would all talk about making films or making dresses and about writing, so I sussed my clientele.”

“it’s the sort of place that captivates you as soon as you walk through the door” — G2, The Guardian