Caravansérail is a French and English bookshop, gallery and event space in Shoreditch, London. Founded by Laura and Anne, it is a home for hybrid cultures.
We stock a large range of titles in French from classics to contemporary fiction to graphic novels and children's books and are always happy to give you personal recommendations on which novels to read whatever your level.
In our English section, you will find a carefully-curated selection of French, European and international literature translated into English, graphic novels and children's books. We also display a selection of our favourite new releases.
Our gallery space hosts one exhibition per month, with a preview of the new exhibition on the first Thursday of each month organised in partnership with the Whitechapel Gallery. We are devoted to providing a platform for emerging artists, with a focus on drawing and photography.
We host cultural events on a regular basis, from book launches to intimate concerts to 'meet the artist' evenings. We also have a regular programme of events that always take place on the same day of each month: spoken word evenings on the first Tuesday, art exhibition openings on the first Thursday and 'The Art of Translation' discussions on the second Wednesday.
What is a caravansérail?
A caravansérail ('caravanserai' in English) is a roadside inn where merchants and nomads used to stop and spend the night; it's a place of hospitality that enabled exchanges in culture, information and trade. This is the definition of what we want to create with Caravansérail: a place to rest, discover and interact for our neighbourhood and those traveling through it.