Woolfson & Tay has closed down. Thank you for your support :) 28.01.2014
Our previous website at domain www.woolfsonandtay.com has been terminated.
This website is now hosted at weebly for posterity... Thank you for the memories!
Fran Tay occasionally still keeps in touch with previous customers, now friends, through tweets and updates on W&T's facebook and twitter accounts.
If you'd like to know what Shivaun Woolfson is up to, check out her latest book here and she's still reworking her latest play. Talk about multitasking eh? :) 01.12.2014
DOWN MEMORY LANE...
Tai Chi in the Square (September 2011)
A Peek Inside Bermondsey's Indie Bookshop (July 2011)
In the Beginning... (September 2010)
Comments, Feedback and Stuff Heard on the Tweet-vine
Here's what some of you have said about Woolfson & Tay :) Thank you!
"The shelves are lined neatly with an impressive range of books that have been on your must-read list for as long as you can remember. This is a place to stop, slow down, take a breath." - Nicola Greenbrook
"My favourite spot in the area to meet/eat/read. Lovely people, great books and good food." - Lawrence O'Connor
"Finally made it to @woolfsonandtay in its new location on Bear Lane, Bankside. Such a lovely bookshop! Would definitely recommend you visit." - Julia Robinson
"Third day in a row having lunch at @woolfsonandtay - beautiful books and gifts and delicious food... addicted!" - Anna Gawan
"Today's pragmatic plans thwarted by delicious coffee and Sontag's Against Interpretation @woolfsonandtay bookshop #bliss." - Stephanie Feeney
"Checked out the new @woolfsonandtay bookshop near Bankside. It's all that a bookshop should be, with cake!!" - Sue Guiney
"@woolfsonandtay is the best thing to happen to #Bankside in ages. Beautiful books and baked goods. Go!" - @MissCenturyMiss
"Excited to discover @woolfsonandtay today. An independent bookshop by work that also sells asian food for lunch. Heaven." - Kelly Weekes
"my first visit to @woolfsonandtay yesterday - go it is gorgeous - so friendly and the coffee is lush." - Rivka Isaacson
"Imagine your dream bookshop... This is it." - ES Magazine, Evening Standard, 2 March 2012
"Woolfson & Tay... feels like the model of a modern independent bookshop." Josh Lacey, author
"This independent bookshop sits perfectly on Bermondsey Square, offering all the latest reads and imaginatory feasts - all whilst promoting community spirit." - London City Guide
"A divine bookshop, café and writers’ venue on Bermondsey Square in south London... Woolfson & Tay have made the idea of books, as objects, seem wonderfully exciting again." - Barra Bromley, writer
"W&T is an essential literary hub if you’re local to the area, and well worth a trip if you’re not." - Sally Skinner, novelist-in-training
"Woolfson & Tay is what all bookshops should be - warm, inviting and thoroughly immersed in its community." - Michael Richmond, author
"David Couldrey @thebookbusker: Massive thanks to the following #indiebookshops who welcomed me kindly today: @HerneHillBooks @woolfsonandtay @thekbookshop - great shops!"
"What's your favourite bookshop? Make no bones about it, ours is @woolfsonandtay in Bermondsey Square, London Town." @K_Vonnegut_Play
"The cafe @woolfsonandtay bookshop is fabulously calm for sketching and writing in :o) " @claudsendslove
"3 author event at @woolfsonandtay was fantastic, so much talent in one room, well done @stefantobler etc." @lifeisafestival
"Just finished The Falafel King Is Dead by Sara Shilo. Brilliant. Discovered @woolfsonandtay one of the best stocked bookshops in town." @Nosseross
"Thanks a lot for creating a bookshop which places itself within a community and addresses political-personal issues; it can't be easy holding together the commercial considerations which an independent bookshop has to take into account as well as offering something other and so necessary in these tough times." - Nigel Y
"Served by the loveliest lady in @woolfsonandtay today if only everyone was so helpful" - Lucy @dont1etmego
"Thank you @woolfsonandtay for hosting a great #TheOilRoad event last night" - @PlatformLondon
"Thank you for a fabulous evening, the children really enjoyed themselves" - Diana N. Taylor
"Shaun Levin @Shaun_Levin Great lunch @woolfsonandtay Fine chicken curry. Bought books. Ate chocolate. The shop's looking amazing. A creative hub."
"Maggio @Maggiobern Inspiring evening @woolfsonandtay LGBT authors at Black History Month celebration on Wed. Brilliant! Thank you!"
"This shop is adventurous and dynamic, but also cosy and homely. In other words, everything a great bookshop ought to be." - Adam Smith
"Everything - the light, flexible and relaxed surroundings; the range, selection and display of the books; the changing exhibitions, the author and other events, the saturday morning Tai Chi classes; coffee, Asian lunches, and cakes: allows for self-guided, companionable, and led exploration; surprise and musing. A delight that's landed in Bermondsey." - Rose Ades
"...Not only is it is a wonderful space, and draws local people to the square with a constantly changing gallery, lovely homemade cakes, and interesting little presents, but it's a true community-spirited environment that involves you" - Nadia Al Yafai
"This shop has made itself into a mainstay of the community... MPs surgeries, local artists and world-class events... can't imagine the square without it now!" - Vanessa Woolf-Hoyle
"Very friendly and relaxed atmosphere." - Walki Tinkanesh
"Woolfson and Tay has made a huge impact on the local landscape, providing a space for events and activities - really providing a 'centre' for the local community. ...The shop has become the place where I learn Tai Chi, drink good cappuccino, have intelligent conversation and buy endless inspirational books that I never knew of before." - Pete Wyer
"I recommend this for a wonderful welcome, a great location on a friendly square, and a fantastic selection of books." - Kristina Holt
"This bookshop is a hidden gem, people need to know about it, and I say that grudgingly because part of me does not want to share this bookshop. It is a great place, feeding the mind and spirit as well as the stomach!" - A M Goodwin
"I do not live in London but discovered W&T on a visit to a friend nearby. I was stunned at the quality of literature on sale. It is a goldmine of books worth reading and I enjoy every second of each visit. PS and they make the best coffee and cake in London!" - Sue Hulkes
"...Recently they hosted an event for a local voluntary organisation which I chair. We have used several venues in Southwark for meetings and events, and this was by far the best. We are using them again next month for our AGM." - Gaby Charing
"W&T is a dream of a place, whether you drop in to buy one of its carefully selected books or gifts, to have tea and cake or a delicious 'oriental meal in a bowl' - or whether you attend one of the many courses, drop-ins, community, literary or political events, or view the exhibitions that take place in the friendly and flexible space at the back. It has created a cultural and social focus in an area that sorely needed it. I highly recommend it!" - Irena Hill
"It's everything a bookshop should be. It's challenging with both the selection of books and exhibitions that they host. It's attractively laid out without the promo gimmicks of some other places. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly. I often have a morning coffee here and I'm fussy! Delightful, interesting, the sort of bookshop that one dreams about. And on my doorstep too!" - Simon Baker
"The friendliest bookshop I have ever been in, with great coffee! Lovely selection of books for all ages. A wonderful fresh and light space to sit and relax in." - Elizabeth Bentley
"Our charity recently held an exhibition at Woolfson & Tay of a selection of images focusing on prisoners of conscience in Zimbabwe. ...We fully intend to hold similar exhibitions in the future now that we have found such an excellent space to do so. On a more personal level, I find it very easy to while away the hours browsing through their inspiring selection of books as well as enjoying their delicious "lunch in a bowl" every now and then. Woolfson & Tay are a fantastic addition to our local neighbourhood." - Lynn Carter
"Warm, welcoming, full of interesting books with a lovely cafe area. The shop already hosts some great evenings." - Jacqueline Saphra
"It's got a great selection of books, really helpful staff, fantastic events and a lovely cafe." -
"A terrific community bookshop!" - Andrea Milman
"This bookshop has caused a buzz and very became a place to pop in to. They have storytelling events from local authors like Dickens, and/ or international authors in the event 'Words made Flesh.'" - Deirdre Bergin
"I have only just discovered Woolfson & Tay and now plan to drop in regularly. There are lots of features I like: the space for sitting and reading and/or having coffee, that the shop is as much a community resource as a shop - when I visited last there was a writing group meeting and a very powerful exhibition as part of refugee awareness week, when I signed up for the e-mail list I was given a £2 voucher off my next purchase, the staff are very helpful and friendly, there are tasteful gifts to buy as well as books, the baked cheesecake was delicious, you can even buy ice-cream, the selection of books is diverse." - Kristen Phillips
Tai Chi Classes
LAST CLASS 14 DEC 2013
W&T is proud to be a
Better Bankside member
W&T in TimeOut London's
Best Shops 2013
W&T among HOT 50 in TimeOut London's Best Shops 2012
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_Location & address
39 Bear Lane
London SE1 0UH
For location map, click here
Blackfriars (new Bankside exit)
45, 63, 100, 381, N63,
N89, N343, N381, RV1