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Christian Book Trade – CLC Bookshop, London: a photo update

Today I visited the CLC Bookshop in Ave Maria Lane, London, adjacent to St Paul’s Cathedral and just off Ludgate Hill. The shop moved here from much bigger premises on Holborn Viaduct in August 2011.

CLC Bookshop, Ave Maria Lane, London

CLC Bookshop London

CLC London is now the largest Evangelical bookshop in England and is run by CLC, an interdenominational Christian charity, now operating in 58 countries with 180+ bookshops around the world. CLC began its work in Colchester in 1941 and its London presence has been in this area of the capital since the first shop opened on Ludgate Hill in 1946, just after World War 2 ended.

Interior, CLC Bookshop, London

The nearest tube station is St Paul’s (Central Line) and from there it’s literally a five minute walk through Paternoster Square across to the shop. Pater Noster (Latin) means ‘Our Father’. The Square lies near the top of Ludgate Hill, the highest part of the City of London.

Paternoster Square, London

This area – originally Paternoster Row – resonates with the history of publishing houses and booksellers as, in the 1940’s; this was the centre of the British publishing trade. In December 1940, the entire area was devastated during the London Blitz – but miraculously St Paul’s Cathedral was saved. An estimated 5 million printed books were lost in the ferocious fires caused by the bombing.


Emerging from Paternoster Square into Ave Maria Lane (I love the name of this street given the theological predisposition of CLC!), the first building you see is a well-lit and well-signed modern bookshop  – but leaving no-one in any doubt that this is a ‘Christian bookshop’.

Central City of London location - CLC Bookshop

I still mourn the closure of the Scripture Union / Wesley Own shop in London’s West End at Wigmore Street. As the book market changes and the European recession continues to bite, bookselling in our towns and cities is changing markedly and the world of Christian bookselling is no different.

Interior, CLC London

I applaud the efforts of Manager Petra Nemansky and the CLC team who are doing such a sterling job in increasingly difficult times. I hope that the shop will go from strength to strength as the very last thing that London needs is the demise of yet another well located Christian bookshop.

Well stocked Children's Dept, CLC

Please pray for the important ministry of this shop, only a stone’s throw away from the buildings of the London Stock Exchange and if you’re in London, especially if you are anywhere near St Paul’s Cathedral, please do visit the shop – you will not be disappointed.

Extensive range of Bibles at CLC London

Procession to St Paul's Cathedral - directly outside CLC London

CLC Bookshop London


  1. February 13, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    I was there back in November and spent an entirely too enjoyable hour or just over browsing the shelves (purchased a few items too, lovely collection of journals amongst other things) and listening to the music and chatting with one of the staff members. Lovely shop indeed and, as you say, well worth a visit if you are in that area.

  2. February 14, 2013 at 9:19 am

    When my parents come over from Canada they love to visit this shop! They always enjoy a good browse and visiting with the staff before heading over to St. Paul’s to listen to the choir sing. In a very hectic city, they always find this to be an enjoyable oasis!

  3. Liz Patten
    February 15, 2013 at 11:11 am

    This blog is a well deserved encouragement for the CLC London team! This is a great bookstore and well worth a visit, especially combined with lunch at the Salvation Army HQ just around the corner by the Millennium Bridge! And if you can’t make it into town, the CLC team will gladly mail your order. As Amanda comments, a lovely oasis in a busy city.

  4. tony livesley -retired)ift there is such a thing??) C of S minister
    February 15, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    I had the honour of helping out in the basement of Ludgate |Hill Shop in the late 1950’s – wonderful to feel that the work still continues and growing arounjd the world – thank God

  5. Mick LeBaigue
    February 17, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Forget about South American Rivers (think about it) and go to a real live bookshop and receive great service and advice and even prayer if you need it in your busy day. Nothing compares with the feel and smell of a real book sold by real people in a lovely shop.

  6. Tayo
    May 13, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    I decided to renew my love affair with a physical bible instead of reading it on my iPad. So I bought one from Amazon but the font is way too big so I decided to pay clc a visit but it was closed, I called the number and it didn’t go through! I sent text messages to a few friends but they couldn’t help. Unknown to me a message had been sent to my iPad informing me of the new location of Clc so I will pay them a visit soon….

  1. August 13, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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