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Topping & Company Booksellers

York Street, Bath, BA1 1NG

Type:Independent Shop

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About

Topping & Company are a family-run independent booksellers with bookshops in Bath, Ely, Edinburgh and St Andrews. Robert and Louise Topping opened their first bookshop in Ely (Cambridgeshire) in 2002, followed by the Bath in 2007, then St Andrew’s in 2014, and a large bookshop in Edinburgh in 2019. They are now based in the beautiful building on York Street, which has allowed them to expand over two floors and a gallery - becoming the biggest independent bookshop in England to open in living memory. They have a focus on author events, hosting an Autumn Literary Festival which runs from September to December every year, and an emphasis on the value of bookseller knowledge and enthusiasm.


In 2021 Topping & Company Bath moved from the Paragon to York Street in the heart of the city, next door to the Bath Abbey. The bookshop is now housed in the impressive Georgian building on York street, formerly known as the Friends Meeting House. Operating as a bookshop is the latest
chapter in the building's rich history: it was initially designed as a Masonic Hall in 1817 by William Wilkins, architect of The National Gallery, was used as an assembly room and non-conformist chapel during the 1830s, and has since been in the hands of the Religious Society of Friends. It is a listed building of significant architectural heritage, being one of the few examples of the Greek revival style remaining in Bath and one of the few places you can view the incredible Ralph Allen Townhouse.

The bookshop houses handcrafted bookcases and Topping & Company Booksellers’ signature rolling library ladders lining two floors and a gallery. Expanding has allowed an increase of the number of titles stocked to over 75,000 and an unparalleled selection of fiction, children’s books, cookery
writing, history and much more.

The new bookshop still offers complimentary pots of fresh tea and coffee as you browse and friendly, bookish advice from a much larger team of expert booksellers. What’s more, being a bookshop with a focus on live author events, the move has meant that the bookshop can host much bigger events in the building itself. They have already hosted authors such as Nigel Slater, Elizabeth Day, Michael McIntyre, Florence Given, and Yotam Ottolenghi since opening in the new bookshop, and have hosted names such as Sally Rooney, Margaret Atwood, David Attenborough, and Buzz Aldrin in previous years.

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Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday08:30 - 21:00

* Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

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Events

Tuesday, 5th July 2022 - Tuesday, 5th July 2022

Mezcla with Ixta Belfrage
Mezcla with Ixta Belfrage at Topping & Company BooksellersMEZCLA: Recipes to Excite by Ixta Belfrage, one of the most talked about new voices on the UK food scene. In Spanish mezcla means mix, blend or fusion and in her first solo cookbook, Ixta shares 100 bold, impactful recipes inspired by Italy, Brazil, Mexico and beyond.
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Thursday, 7th July 2022 - Thursday, 7th July 2022

Nguyễn An Lý Chinatown poster Fiction in Translation: Chinatown with Thuận and translator Nguyễn An Lý at Topping & Company BooksellersThuận joins Topping's with her translator Nguyễn An Lý for Chinatown, an unfinished love story.
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Wednesday, 13th July 2022 - Wednesday, 13th July 2022

Meliz Berg's Kitchen book cover Turkish-Cypriot comfort food with Meliz Berg at Topping & Company BooksellersMeliz Berg is a self-taught cook, recipe developer and food content creator.
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Tuesday, 19th July 2022 - Tuesday, 19th July 2022

Olia Hercules: Home Food posterOlia Hercules: Ukrainian Food Writer & Activist at Topping & Company BooksellersOne of Topping's favourite story-telling food writers returns to the bookshop to introduce and cook from her new book, Home Food: Recipes to Comfort and Connect.
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Thursday, 21st July 2022 - Thursday, 21st July 2022

The Pig Cookbook posterThe Pig: 500 Miles of Food, Friends & Local Legends at Topping & Company BooksellersAn evening with a cookery demo and tastings to celebrate the second book from The Pig.
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Friday, 22nd July 2022 - Friday, 22nd July 2022

Juno Dawson: Her Majesty's Royal Coven Juno Dawson for Her Majesty's Royal Coven at Topping & Company BooksellersJuno Dawson is a bestselling novelist, screenwriter, journalist, and a columnist for Attitude Magazine.
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Wednesday, 27th July 2022 - Wednesday, 27th July 2022

Monika Radojevic: Teeth in the Back of My Neck poster#Merky Prize-winner Poet Monika Radojevic for Teeth in the Back of My Neck at Topping & Company BooksellersJoin Topping's for a talk celebrating Monika's poetry and her magnificent debut collection, Teeth in the Back of My Neck.
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Thursday, 1st September 2022 - Monday, 31st October 2022

Topping Bookshop BathBath Literary Festival at Topping & Company BooksellersCome and celebrate all things bookish as Topping & Company Booksellers welcome some of the best and biggest literary names to Bath!
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Map and Directions

Road Directions

Find out about the latest on the roads and get travel directions from TravelWest.info
Bath is operating a charging Clean Air Zone. Owners of all higher emission vehicles – except private cars and motorbikes – will need to pay to drive in the city centre. To check if you need to pay or to apply for an exemption or discount, go to bathnes.gov.uk/BathCAZ

Public Transport Directions

For comprehensive information about getting here by public transport, please visit TravelWest.info
or go to our Public Transport page
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