All You Read Is Love: now open for another three years

The hit Leytonstone bookshop-cum-whatever is now here for good. Practically! Show your support….

Anders and Karen:
Anders and Karen: ‘It only took us a short while to realise that this is exactly where we want to be.’ Photo: AYRIL
Good news for fans of E11’s hip newish multi-tasking bookshop-cum-caff-cum-bar: it’s just extended its lease for three more years.

Originally due to close in July, the shop, which is run by Danish siblings Karen and Anders, has bagged the semi-permanent lease along with the not-for-profit radio station East London Radio, who operate from their studio at the back of the premises.

Bookshelves at AYRIL:
Tidy: bookshelves at AYRIL.
“We’re absolutely delighted to be staying in Leytonstone for the next three years,” says Karen. “We had no idea what to expect from our E11 pop-up stint, but it only took us a short while to realise that this is exactly where we want to be. The local community is so diverse and incredible, if it wasn’t for so many of our superstar customers, there is no chance we would have been able to stay. People have shown such overwhelming support and kindness towards us, and really gotten involved with the project by donating books and furniture, sharing ideas and even volunteering their help with the refurbishment.”

One of the many arty events at AYRIL.
One of the many arty events at AYRIL.
Artists have also come out and approached the pair too, with suggestions for future collaborations. “We would very much like to be a go-to venue creatives and musicians use for showcasing their work. And we have a list of events lined up for the Leytonstone Festival and the Arts Trail this summer, including cheese and booze tastings, gigs, art exhibits, live drawing and poetry readings – and we can’t wait to see them executed.”


But right now the pair are busy with the refurb. “We’re trying to get down and dirty with the handiwork ourselves, although we both have ten thumbs so I am not sure we aren’t just slowing the process down.”

We doubt that very much.

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Read our review here. Find AYRIL at 877 High Road Leytonstone, E11 1HR. Opening times Tuesday-Wednesday 10am-7pm, Thursday-Sunday, 10am-10pm
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  • Felicity Hall

    Excellent news

  • Vida Davies

    It looks good. Must pay a visit when I ‘m in town. Do I have to be a hipster? But then maybe I am anyway!