Dear Book and Food lovers,


After 25 busy and fruitful years the time has come to hang up my books.

We, Joseph’s Bookstore and Cafe also, will close for business and pleasure around the end of March.

It has been satisfying, enjoyable, enlightening and, surprisingly … profitable.

Afore we go :

1 more Wednesday Jazz             14 Feb 

1 more Society of Jewish Study     5 March  

1 BIG Book Sale (tba)

1 BBB – Bye Bye Bookstore – Party (tba)

With many thanks to you for all your support and friendship along the way.

I have loved the Bookstore and Cafe also – nearly all the time. I will miss it and you hugely.

Michael Joseph

We have been North London’s most independent bookshop for 25yrs.

Helpful & informed booksellers stocking the best of contemporary and classic British and world literature.

We can supply most books not in stock for the next day, and most titles from the US within about a week or so.

If you are unable to pop in we can always arrange delivery.

We tailor gift lists for all occasions. Come in and we will walk you around the stock and advise you on creating the right mix of books.

We are also experienced school and library suppliers.

We run a lively programme of events including book launches, poetry, play readings and author dinners.

“Joseph’s Bookstore is a model of what a bookshop should be: you feel you’re in the presence of words, you find books that are not only difficult to locate but that you didn’t know existed, conversation abounds, you seek a recommendation and you get it, and then you eat delicious mezze in the adjoining Café. If I lived in north London I’d never be out of the place: I’d write there.”

– Howard Jacobson

After seven years Michael opened the restaurant Cafe Also.

Ali Al-Sersy, head chef and partner, goes to the market several times a week where he sources the freshest and best fish, fruit and vegetables and finds his culinary inspiration.

The menu choice is a movable feast which will change, surprise and hopefully delight.

Restaurant Tel: 020 8455 6890

Email ; info@josephsbookstore.com