David’s has been at the heart of the Letchworth community since 1963 – and we’re looking forward to being 60 years young next year! We have become a permanent feature on Eastcheap, both inside the shops and cafe but also with our second hand books, music and cafe on the street outside. Letchworth has a very special history as the World’s first Garden City and we are proud to be part of that story, stocking a wide range of books and guides on the area’s past and present, found here.
As an ‘indie’ business, David’s has always felt like part of the special community vibe in Letchworth and in 2020 we became an Employee Owned Trust company, further enhancing our collaborative nature. Patrons and staff alike are passionate about the past, present, and future of David’s, and a loyal energy runs through the core of our shop. We have a passion for books and music (and cakes) and our staff are always on hand to help you track down that half remembered title or recommend new books and music. At both the Book & Music shops we’re confident that you’ll find the most comprehensive range for many miles – in fact, we are both the largest indie bookshop and the largest indie music shop in Hertforfordshire. If you can’t make it into the shop – check out our online shops or just give us a call, we’re always happy to help.
We do our best to be part of the community; working with schools, taking part in town centre events and initiatives, organising events for ‘gamers’, running author events and book clubs, and supporting local book fairs. We are also extremely pleased to work in collaboration with Groundswell Agriculture, taking part in their annual summer show and providing a selection of related books.
In the last few years we’ve expanded to include online record sales, listings of second-hand and antiquarian books on Abe and we now have an online bookshop which includes many of our stationery items.
David’s Cafe re-opened last year after refurbishment – it’s been lovely to welcome everyone back (especially those with a passion for our scones!). The perfect place to relax and unwind after a shopping trip – well behaved dogs very welcome.