Alabaster Bookshop is smaller, more affordable, and less touristy than the Strand—and conveniently, it’s right around the corner. It’s one room, lined with shelves, with piles of books in the corners. It makes up for its size with careful quality—some stunning first editions, including 1984, The Master and Margarita,andJacob’s Room, among others, lean gently in a glass cabinet. Vintage prizes line the shelves if you’re ready to look for them. The staff is easygoing and will let you search forever if you wish. Check it out on your next visit.