Rare Books London - London's festival of old and rare books – May – June 2017

20th May - 10th June 2018

Book Fairs

Book Fairs
Sunday 28th May 0930-1500

Bloomsbury Ephemera, Book & Postcard Fair

The Summer Book, Ephemera & Postcard Fair is one of the key events in Etc Fairs annual calendar and an integral part of their summer events having grown in size considerably over the past 3 years. Outside of the ephemera, books and postcards on offer there will be a diverse and eclectic range of other items on available from dealers from all over the UK, Europe and further afield to enthuse collectors from most walks of life whatever their budget.  The fair always draws an excellently diverse selection of browsers, buyers and bibliophiles and booksellers from this country and beyond.

No pre-booking required. £1.50 entry on the door.


Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London WC1H 0DG
Book Fairs
Thursday 1st June 1300-2000; Friday 2nd June 1100-1900; Saturday 3rd June 1100-1600

ABA London International Antiquarian Book Fair

Now celebrating its 60th year, this major three-day event is one of the largest and most prestigious antiquarian book fairs in the world, showcasing rare, unique and unusual items from 180 leading UK and international dealers.  To celebrate our anniversary and the launch of Rare Books London 2017, the Fair will be running a new “Affordable Collectables” initiative, with books under certain price points highlighted and a special guided tour to introduce them to visitors. Tours on other themes are also available. Visit www.olympiabookfair.com for more information.


The Fair is presented and managed by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA), in collaboration with the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB). These internationally recognized badges of excellence guarantee the accuracy of description and authenticity of all items for sale, as well as the professionalism and knowledge of the exhibitors.

Entry is free in 2017.


National Hall, Olympia London, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX
Book Fairs
Friday 2nd June 1300 - 1900 Saturday 3rd June 10:00 - 1600.

PBFA London International Premier Book Fair

We are the largest booksellers’ organisation in the world for rare and second-hand booksellers.  Our PBFA London International Book Fair is our flagship book fair featuring over 100 of the world’s best dealers; offering books, maps and ephemera, covering many areas of specialism.  Enjoy looking through the wide and varied stock brought to the fair from the UK and all around the world.

Entrance is £2 but please visit our website www.pbfalondonbookfair.org to download your complimentary ticket, view the exhibitors and highlights of the fair.

ILEC Conference Centre, Ibis London Earls Court Hotel, 47 Lillie Road, London SW6 1UD
Book Fairs
Sunday 4th June 1000-1600

Bloomsbury Summer Book Fair

The largest of the fairs organised by Etc Fairs.

Etc Fairs’ monthly London Book Fairs are held at the Royal National Hotel, Bloomsbury, and run throughout the year. These fairs are extremely popular with dealers and visitors, the Bloomsbury Book Fair is the largest monthly book fair in the UK and attracts some of the UK’s finest specialist dealers.

All fairs have a range of antiquarian books, second hand books, out of print books, maps, prints, postcards,  manuscripts and ephemera on sale, the Bloomsbury Book Fair also has auctioneers  and bookbinders regularly exhibiting.

Visitors, whether they are dealers or  casual collectors, or just enthusiasts about the printed word will find something – all are welcome!

Payment on the door; £2 until 12.30pm, free thereafter.


Galleon Suite, Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London WC1H 0DG