Welcome to the Book Hive!

Situated in the heart of Norwich in the Lanes area of the city, The Book Hive is a beautiful three storey building housing a unique collection of books in a quirky and stylish setting. As the city’s only truly independent new bookshop, it stocks a personally chosen and intriguing selection of titles, often hard to find elsewhere, in five main categories; Fiction, Poetry, Art & Design, Children’s Books and Cookery.

As a place that celebrates the beauty of printed material, our stock is displayed in such a way as to maximise the visual impact of book design. The building itself has been lovingly renovated inside, combining the old charm and character of the original design with a playful sense of fun and panache. It is a place to visit, browse and spend time reading as much as it is a place to come and buy books.

Our large glass shop front acts as an extension of that invitation to spend time here, hosting both live literary events played out into the street, as well as large scale art works by local artists and interesting book displays. We also host regular readings and book launches in the shop, as well as other non-book related occasions such as cookery classes, coffee tastings, record launches and even a superhero training day.

The Book Hive opened in October 2009 and was named The Daily Telegraph’s Best Small Bookshop in Britain at the start of 2011. It has since been a regional finalist in The Bookseller Best Bookshop Award and first in the East in The Independent’s Top 50 Bookshops in the UK. It was also named as one of Harvil Secker’s Twelve Bookshops for Christmas in 2012.

Have a look around the site, say hello on facebook, follow us on twitter or better still, come and pay us a visit when you are next in Norwich.