Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, Bath

Mr Bs Emporium of Reading Delights, Bath
I visited Bath recently (find out more about that here) and no trip is complete without checking out the local bookshops. I first heard about Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights a few years ago. I heard all about the helpful booksellers and the wonderful children’s section, so I couldn’t wait to visit!

Mr Bs Emporium of Reading Delights, BathAs you walk through the door, you’re greeted with lots and lots of lovely fiction and a display table stacked with curated titles. I’ve mentioned in my Tour of London Bookshops posts that curated tables are really important to me. I visit a lot of bookshops and it’d be incredibly boring if every display table looked the same!

Mr Bs Emporium of Reading Delights, Bath I then headed to the children’s section!

Mr Bs Emporium of Reading Delights, BathI love it when booksellers make an effort with their children’s departments, like storing board books in this adorable house-shaped bookcase and providing tiny chairs for little ones to sit on! I lurked around for a little while before taking photos because I was waiting for two eager young readers to leave – they just kept picking up more and more books!

Mr Bs Emporium of Reading Delights, BathIf you can’t have a book bath in Bath, where can you have one? I had been anticipating a tub that had been filled to the brim with books, but it’s a fun shelf display instead, which is a lot less likely to damage the books!

Mr Bs Emporium of Reading Delights, BathMore brilliant children’s books on display!

Mr Bs Emporium of Reading Delights, BathYou may notice there’s a gap on one of the shelves. This is because I bought the book that was being recommended by Mr B’s booksellers: Katherine Woodfine’s The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow. I ruined the display, sorry!

Mr Bs Emporium of Reading Delights, BathMr Bs Emporium of Reading Delights, BathI loved all the little quirky additions in this bookshop – notes, paintings, maps, bookseller biographies and illustrations stuck to the walls. You can purchase a voucher for the Reading Spa – spend time in the Bibliotheraphy Room with a stack of books specially picked out for you. Or maybe you just want to hang out in the private reading room for a little while.

Mr Bs Emporium of Reading Delights, BathUpstairs I go! Old cartoons cover the walls of the staircase.

Mr Bs Emporium of Reading Delights, BathYou’re always surrounded by books, often face out because that’s the best way to browse.

Mr Bs Emporium of Reading Delights, BathI strolled upstairs and discovered a maze of bookcases with cosy chairs and chandeliers.

Mr Bs Emporium of Reading Delights, BathMore books on display, this time on the travel table (and some picturesque postcards for you to send once you’re on holiday).

Mr Bs Emporium of Reading Delights, BathAs with all good bookshops, the booksellers are always around to help if you’re unsure about what to read next.

Mr Bs Emporium of Reading Delights, BathMr B’s is chaotic with purpose. If there’s any spare space, it’s filled with books without ever feeling untidy.

Mr Bs Emporium of Reading Delights, BathAnd now we’re in the stunning Bibliotheraphy Room.

Mr Bs Emporium of Reading Delights, BathHere’s where the comfy armchairs and fireplace are situated, accompanied by even more recommended books! I couldn’t take a proper photo of the area because a lady was already there, looking very relaxed with her pile of books, slice of cake and coffee pot.

Mr Bs Emporium of Reading Delights, BathI enjoyed being surrounded by signs that said ‘MORE BOOKS!’. Let’s go and find them.

Mr Bs Emporium of Reading Delights, BathI came across this paper figure, propping up a shelf along with a lovely stack of Penguin English Library classics.

Mr Bs Emporium of Reading Delights, BathDownstairs is full of diverse non-fiction, plus…

Mr Bs Emporium of Reading Delights, BathI didn’t expect to see Chris Riddell here! I didn’t think to look inside the bathroom but there are lots to check out in there too – I am not joking.

Mr Bs Emporium of Reading Delights, BathI chose to end with this photo because it sums up Mr B’s. It’s a delightful independent bookshop full of new discoveries – the displays, curated tables, bookseller recommendations and little notes from the public are the reason why bookshops like this need to exist. If you’re ever in Bath, make this a priority visit! (And don’t forget to buy a book).

Mr B’s Emporium Of Reading Delights • 14-15 John Street, Bath, Avon BA1 2JL •  mrbsemporium.com

Next stop, Toppings & Company Booksellers of Bath!

21 thoughts on “Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, Bath

  1. This really seems like an amazing bookshop! If I ever make it to Bath, I hope I remember.

  2. This is the most gorgeous bookshop! It’s so adorable and cute. My heart aches wishing to visit it. xoxo

  3. If I ever get to Bath, I’ll DEFINITELY go here! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Lucy @ Queen of Contemporary

    Love the pictures, Stacey! Glad to see that you had such a good time at Mr B’s.

  5. This is one of the prettiest bookshops I’ve ever seen. Love this blogpost! Also, I will have to make a stop at Bath now.
    Will check out the book you bought too; it has an intriguing title.

  6. I desperately need to go to Bath again…and this time when it’s not raining… This is so cute! I need to go exploring the local shops in Oxford.

  7. I live in Bath and Mr B’s is a shop I always stop by in, even if I’m trying to save my pennies and not by any books. The book displays are simply a delight to have a browse through and the staff are so wonderfully helpful! I recently had a Reading Spa there and it was such a magical experience and of the books I bought as part of the spa, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and loved all of the ones I’ve read so far!

  8. I’m planning a trip to England over the Xmas/New year and I plan to visit this as my first tour spot. It looks so cute and adorable and I want to go so bad! I’m glad you had fun!

  9. I’ve been to this place! I loved it.

  10. […] been a little while since I wrote about my trip to Bath and blogged about my visit to Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights. Now I’m back with another beautiful Bath bookshop for you! I did not know much about Topping […]

  11. We love this blog, thank you! If any of you guys come and visit Mr B’s after reading this give us a shout so we can give you can an extra warm welcome!

    Big love from the whole Mr B’s team 🙂

  12. Have you got your hands on Jen Campbell’s «The Bookshopbook»? When I travelled the UK in August her book led me straight to Mr B! I absolutely adored their shop!!

  13. […] I went on an adventure to see Lucy and we visited three bookshops in Bath, where I bought Lobsters (one of my favourite books that I only owned a proof of), How to Be Danish (because I’m obsessed with all things Scandi), and Becoming Betty (written by Eleanor Wood, who I met at Chris Russell’s launch and who was absolutely lovely). Lucy also kindly gave me a copy of Will Hill’s After the Fire. I adore Bath and have previously blogged about my visits to Toppings & Co. and Mr. B’s Emporium of Reading Delights. […]

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