The first bookseller to open in London since the Great Fire in 1872 will open next week after the National Trust’s landmark grant to the City for Public Spaces and Arts secured the land and a lease.
The newly reopened bookshop, called the Bookstore, will open at 12 Downing Street from April 20 to June 20.
It will include a gift shop and a bookshop-style café with a cafe and bar.
“It’s about giving people a place to explore and share ideas, which is something we have always tried to do with our shops,” said the Trust’s deputy head of development, Mark Boudreau.
There will be more than 600 books in the library and more than 300 books available for the public to borrow, said the project’s co-founder, Daniel Jones.
He said the building has an iconic architectural look that’s different to many bookshops in the city.
It’s also an attempt to make it a more accessible place to browse and share books.
When it opened in June, the bookstore was one of the last remaining public spaces in London.
More than 500 years after it was built, the building was closed for renovation.
Its current owner, the National Museum of London, plans to turn it into a space for reading and art exhibitions and events.
Some shops closed in the 1980s and 1990s.
Last year, the Trust invested £30 million in the building and a new building will be built for a library.
For more information, visit the Bookshop website.