Open Mon-Sat 9.30-5.30, Sun 11-4,


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

Note: Our café is no longer offering drinks due to COVID-19. We hope to bring the café back for everyone in the future.

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.

Pickled Pepper Books | Urmi

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.

Olivia is our manager who programmes children's book based events, theatre, workshops and storytimes.

Laura is our school events coordinators who works with London schools to deliver bespoke author visits.

Shanti and Naina are our weekend booksellers, running storytimes and offering the best recommendations for you!

Check out our events pages for more information.

 Pickled Pepper Books | Steven

Work with Us

Work for an independent, dynamic, children's specialist bookshop located in Crouch End, north London

Current Vacancies:

Freelance Baby Discovery Session Leader, Term Time only

We are seeking an experienced freelance baby discovery class leader to run our sensory classes for babies aged 3-12 months, every Wednesday morning, in our North London location. You will have an understanding of child development from the ages of 3months to 5years and have demonstratable experience of working with this age group. This is a term time only position.

Apply with a CV and covering email to

Deadline: 23rd Feb 2024


School Events Coordinator P/T, Term Time only

We are seeking proactive, organised and passionate children's booksellers. You will be liaising with publishers to coordinate school events with authors and illustrators in London Boroughs and some parts of Herts and Essex. You must have an understanding of schools, with either experience in them or in children's bookselling. Pickled Pepper Books is open to term time only positions for this role.

Apply with a CV and covering email to

Deadline: Ongoing recruitment

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 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.


Pickled Pepper Books