Spotlight On Madrid´s Secret Kingdoms English Bookshop
In early April 2022 the Madrid Metropolitan was given a sneak preview of the premises at Calle Moratin 7, that were to be transformed into the capital’s newest English-language bookshop, right in the heart of the aptly named “barrio de las letras” (translated as the “Literary Quarter”). That summer the bookshop opened in this listed building that once housed a workshop where bespoke billiards tables were made, maintaining its original signage and incorporating features that immediately gave Secret Kingdoms idiosyncratic charm. Fast forward eight months and the business is doing well. We thought we’d pop by again to find out more.
Books, lots of books
The bookshop boasts an impressive range of contemporary and classic fiction and prose, travel books, cookery books, inspirational titles, history and humanities. One entire wall is dedicated to Spain, with Spanish Literature, History, travel and more – all in English. Owner David Price is a bookworm with a genuine passion for reading. His enthusiasm is contagious. Authors who reside in the Spanish capital have gravitated towards his bookshop since the beginning, with a thriving writing club meeting there regularly.
Second hand titles
The truly eclectic collection of English language second-hand books that grace the store is a treasure trove of children’s books, history and historical fiction, thrillers, airport novels, biographies and more. Customers are encouraged to take a seat in the comfy armchairs whilst browsing and perusing. They have even installed a coffee maker for those wishing to stay longer.
Book signings, author visits and literary quizzes – this ideally located English language bookstore has it all! Events at Secret Kingdoms are extremely popular. David is a charming host who immediately makes everyone feel welcome.
Years of living in the capital and enjoying all it has to offer means that David and his wife are fountains of knowledge for newcomers who visit the bookshop during stopovers in the capital city. Apart from selling guidebooks to tourists, the couple find themselves offering practical advice to newcomers settling in the city. Pop in for the latest Robert Galbraith title and find out handy tips at the same time.
Unperturbed by nearby urban reconstruction works that sometimes cut the flow of traffic along calle Moratin, Secret Kingdoms is nestled next door to the renowned Catholic bookshop Libreria Códice. Whilst the neighbourhood around them is undergoing an ambitious regeneration scheme, these bookshops are an oasis of calm just two minutes’ walk from Anton Martín metro station. You will find the best English books in town at the right price and in the best company. Knowing how supportive Madrid Metropolitan readers are of independent bookshops like Secret Kingdoms is a source of pride. Don’t forget to mention us to David when you pop by 🙂