The Emmaus shop at 5 Knights Hill SE27 0HS has won the 2011 award for West Norwood’s Best Dressed Shop – see their website.
Most West Norwood shoppers will have noticed Emmaus’ impressive furniture and clothing boutique on Knights Hill. But have you ventured down the adjacent alleyway (take a left after the clothes store when heading south down Knights Hill) to find the extended furniture and book emporium which Emmaus also boasts ? A fortuitous happenstance given the extended closure of West Norwood Library for repairs.
It may not be quite the same as borrowing, but it’s reassuring to know that reading enthusiasts can treat themselves to modern classics like Graham Greene, Kingsley Amis and Umberto Eco for a mere £1! There are also a number of Dickens titles as well as those by esteemed authors such as Gore Vidal and Jeffrey Eugenides, not to mention contemporary page-turners such as Stephanie Meyer and James Patterson. Prices range between £1 to £1.50 – a small price for a good book and a worthy cause.
As a charity dedicated to providing assistance to those moving on from homelessness, Emmaus relies heavily on local support. So if you haven’t checked their shops out already, do! Opening hours are 10-5, Monday to Saturday. Donations welcome too.