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London's independent LGBT book specialist, offering a wide choice of LGBT+ books and film that goes well beyond the mainstream.

With friendly, helpful staff, the shop has a genuine community atmosphere and hosts regular book events and discussion groups. We also supply to libraries, youth groups and academic institutions. We also sell the Pits and Perverts t-shirt (£12.99) produced by LGSM as known from the film 'Pride' as well as LGSM posters (£6) and badges (£5.99 and £1).

We have a busy mail order service and can easily and economically send books, dvds and magazines out to addresses in the UK, Europe and globally. You can pay over the phone by credit card or via PayPal. If you have a stock enquiry while we are building our new website please call us during our opening hours on 0207 278 7654 or email us

The fountainhead of queer literature in Britain

Armistead Maupin, Author

It's not just a bookshop, but the hub and affirmation of a whole community

Sarah Waters

Truly a fine example of how an independent bookshop should be

Time Out


Established in 1979, Gay's The Word is the UK's pioneering first (and is today the last surviving) lesbian and gay bookshop.

Located at 66 Marchmont Street in the Bloomsbury district of London, Gay's The Word is the only specifically lesbian and gay bookstore in the UK. 2016 marks the 37th anniversary of the founding of the store, which first opened its doors on 17 January 1979. Located in the historic Bloomsbury district of London, we stock an enormous range of books; from the profound to the frivolous, from the liberating to the indulgent. Our fiction ranges from prize-winning literary works through to crime, romance and erotic fiction. Our non-fiction covers a wide range of issues from cutting-edge queer theory through to how to tell your mother you are gay.


Gay’s The Word, 66 Marchmont St, London WC1N 1AB

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 18:30
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:30
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:30
Thursday 10:00 - 18:30
Friday 10:00 - 18:30
Saturday 10:00 - 18:30
Sunday 14:00 - 18:00