This list of bookshops in England that stock African books is not exhaustive or complete but I hope it will be useful. Let me know of any corrections, amendments or additions.
The following list may also be helpful to you: Some organizations and initiatives supporting African publishing and book development
Arthur Probsthain Oriental and African Bookseller
41 Great Russell Street, London, WC1
One of the oldest bookstores in central London is just short of 100 years old and sits opposite the British Museum. It stocks African, Asian and Middle Eastern books covering languages, art and architecture, archaeology, religion and literature. Open 9.30am-5.30pm Mon-Fri; 11am-4pm Sat.
33 Whitehall Street, Shrewsbury, SY2 5AD
Specialises in rare, antiquarian and out-of-print books on Africa and the Middle East, with smaller holdings relating to Asia. Within these specialities, Africana covers all subject areas from anthropology to zoology, including scholarly books in all fields, literature criticism and periodicals.
Grant and Cutler
55-57 Great Marlborough Street, London, W1
It seems that every language is covered in the books, dictionaries, videos and DVDs at Grant and Cutler. The World Language section includes over 50 African languages including Amharic, Shona, Xhosa and Zulu. Open 9am-6pm Mon-Wed, Fri; 9am-7pm Thurs; 9.30am-6pm Sat; 12noon-6pm Sun.
New Beacon Books
76 Stroud Green Road, London, N4
This bookseller, distributor and publisher has been going for almost 40 years and has a healthy range of titles on Black British Culture, as well as classic and contemporary writing on fiction, poetry, politics and history from British, African and Caribbean writers. Open 10.30am-6pm Mon-Sat.
African Books Collective
Unit 13, King’s Meadow, Ferry Hincksey Road, Oxford, OX2
ABC has over 1500 titles that include children’s books, literature, history, language, environment and education. The shop is usually open from 9am-5.15pm or by appointment.
Harriet Tubman Bookshop
27-29 Grove Lane, Handsworth, Birmingham, B21 9ES
A specialist African bookshop with titles on education, history, language and general black or African literature.