Pickled Pepper Books is a specialist children’s bookshop, cafe and events space in Crouch End, North London.

In the week we host preschool activities and after school run Young Illustrators and a lively book group. Most weekends you can meet an author or illustrator, experience some theatre or come along to a story time.

Check out our Theatre, Events and Activities pages to find out about upcoming events, or contact us for great recommendations.

We also work with a wide variety of schools, organising author visits for all ages and supplying reading resources. For more information see our Schools page.

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Our Story

Pickled Pepper Books was established by parents Steven Pryse and Urmi Merchant in 2012, providing a family friendly environment in which to experience the tactile nature of choosing books for and with kids. Our staff team has grown to include Abi Smith, an actor/director/playwright, Tanaka Mhishi, writer and performer and Rosa Georgiou. Graham Wade and Charlie Hine are our resident illustrators, bringing a fun and open approach to our illustration classes.

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Work with Us

Weekend Bookseller/Party host

Want to work in an exciting, interactive kids' bookshop/party space? We are currently looking for a bright spark to join our team for a part-time Sunday position. Please email CVs and cover letters to info@pickledpepperbooks.co.uk or pop into the shop and have a chat! 

Volunteer Blogger/Vlogger

Do you love children's books? Can you write engaging copy? Do you want free proof books? If the answer is yes to all of these get in touch as we are looking for a group of people to start blogging/vlogging about books we love! Hopefully you will love them too. You can either be an individual (with a parent who says it's ok) or a class with a teacher. Email info@pickledpepperbooks.co.uk or pop into the shop and have a chat!


Would you like to run your own Pickled Pepper Books? Then visit our Franchise page and read more about our franchise offer.


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