When I first started my journey into Japanese comic I often found myself Googling Manga shops in London. However, I only found mostly outdated Reddit or long-closed businesses. This set me to exploring the streets of London, my mission; to discover which comic shops actually sold manga. If you are visiting London or are a resident, here is a list of the best shops to pick up some new tankōbon.
This is a living document, please contact us if you find any new retailers or if any of the shops below stop selling manga.
Manga shops in Central London
Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick St, Soho, London W1F 0DR A must visit shop for everyone into graphic arts. Check out their great range of independent artist zines and DIY comics1as well as a large range of books for kids before heading into the basement for you manga fix. You’ll find 4 floors to ceiling bookcases packed with complete runs of the latest Shōnen as well as more niche titles. goshlondon.com
Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport St, Covent Garden, London WC2H 7JA Super friendly staff, a nice selection of manga and even a second-hand sale shelf for those looking for a bargain makes this a must for anyone visiting central London. To top it off, it has a super convenient location near Leicester Square tube station. Drop-in for your manga and US comic needs! orbitalcomics.com
Forbidden Planet – London Megastore
Forbidden Planet London Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8JR The flagship Forbidden Planet store is massive! Selling tons of collectables and clothing, but for those who need some new tankōbon in their life should head down into the basement. Located directly opposite the checkout is a sizeable manga section. Most of the books are arranged in A to Z order with separate Shōjo, Light Novels and LBGTQ+[mf]a very nice touch[/mfn] sections so you can find what you need nice and quickly. The store usually has a 3 for 2 deal on manga, great for filling in holes in your collection. forbiddenplanet.com
Foyles Flagship Store – Charing Cross Road
Foyles Flagship Store, 107 Charing Cross Rd, Soho, London WC2H 0DT The first and large of four Foyles stores in London. You’ll find a wide selection of books including the obvious titles from Viz to more niche releases. Oddly this store has fewer staff recommendations for manga than the others, but still worth the walk from Oxford Street. foyles.co.uk
Foyles – Southbank Centre
Foyles, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX You can find this Foyles in the basement of the Southbank Centre (also accessible from the riverside). Lots of staff recommendations2someone working here really love their manga across several genres. I actually discovered Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san here, so worth stopping by if you’re enjoying a walk along the river. foyles.co.uk
Foyles – Waterloo Station
Foyles, Unit 22 Waterloo Rd, Waterloo Station, Lambeth, London SE1 8SW I was quite surprised to find this 2 shelf collection of manga in a train station. While obviously not expansive, it’s a great place to stop if you want to pick something up before a long train journey. Worth dropping by as it seems the stock regularly rotates. foyles.co.uk
Adanami Bookstore – Permanently Closed
Adanami Bookstore, 30 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 0SS On pretty much every list I found, Adanami Bookstore always comes up. Unfortunately, it’s now permanently closed for business. For the brave, the karaoke bar is still open. Why not break out your best Shania Twain, Seal or whatever the kids are singing these days. epoclondon.com
Manga shops in North London
Japan Craft – Manga & Anime Store
Japan Craft, Unit 62, The Stables Market, Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AH Set in the maze-like avenues of Camden Market, if you can find this store you’ll be treated to a vast collection of manga. Stocking mostly English language manga, there are also some new releases in Japanese. It’s worth noting there are two Japan Craft stores3the other is by Camden Lock, however only one sells manga. japancraft.co.uk
Mega City Comics
Mega City Comics, 18 Inverness St, Camden Town, London NW1 7HJ Established in 1981, Mega City Comics sells mostly western comics. However, there is a small section of Manga available. Most are the usual suspects4Naruto, Dragonball and My Hero Academia however they did have some more niche titles like Ichi-F. Definitely worth popping into the store if you are in Camden as it’s just a few minutes walk from the station. megacitycomics.co.uk
Manga shops in East London
Foyles – Westfield Stratford City
Foyles 74-75 Lower Ground Floor, Westfield Stratford City, London, E20 1EH You can even find Manga in Westfield in Stratford City. The section has 2 large bookcases5pictures coming soon. The store stocks the usual Shōnen as well as more niche titles like Cells at Work: Black! I also found a large collection of horror manga, including quite a few works by Junji Ito. foyles.co.uk
Manga shops in South London
Forbidden Planet – Croydon
Forbidden Planet, 43 Church St, Croydon CR0 1RH The Croydon branch of Forbidden Planet has two bookcases of manga. The majority originally printed in Weekly Shōnen Jump. I did manage to find a copy of Witch Hat Atelier. As with the Megastore, there is a 3 for 2 on selected manga titles6at the time of visiting, great if you are catching up on some tankōbon that you may have missed. forbiddenplanet.com
A Place In Space – Croydon
A Place In Space, 96 Church St, Croydon CR0 1RD A great independent comic shop to pick up US comics, back issues and trade paperbacks. Unfortunately, they have stopped stocking Manga. If you are in Croydon, pick up your US comics here and then head down the street to Forbidden Planet for your Manga needs.
Thanks for reading! This is a living document, please contact us if you find any new retailers or if any of the shops below stop selling manga.