The Alligator’s Mouth is an independent children’s bookshop in Richmond, stocking books from baby to late teen, as well as a selection of cards and  games. 


Alligator drawing by Chris Riddell

To our dear customers,

 We are a community bookshop and we will continue to be here for you in these extraordinary times. However, we have taken the difficult decision to close the physical shop to the public from today. This is to ensure the safety of staff and customers and will continue until further notice.

  The good news is that you can absolutely still shop with us. We will still be in the shop Monday-Saturday, available by email and on the phone to take orders, give recommendations, hear how you are and update you on our current views on the important things in life: tea, biscuits and of course books.

 We would like to reassure you that we will be staying in business and that we will do everything we can to ensure the financial security of our excellent and much-loved staff.


 We are still open for orders across a multiple of platforms, and are able to deliver books direct to your door (either via post or hand delivery in the TW9/SW14 areas). To order, give us a call on 020 8948 6775, drop us an email at or order via our webshop.

We also have plans for streamed storytimes and author events. Please consider and buying an Alligator's Mouth voucher — this will help us survive through the coming months.

 If you are staying at home, we can provide you with reading matter that will uplift and enrich you and your children. Now more than ever, people need books. And books are what we do.

  Thank you for supporting The Alligator's Mouth. We'll keep you updated, and please bear with us as we move to a new way of working.

Stay safe and love to you all,

The Alligator's Mouth Team

It's very bright and colourful and friendly, and the best thing about it is that they nearly always have a copy of the very book you're looking for.

Jacqueline Wilson (drawn by Nick Sharratt)

Please note: all book orders are currently suspended. We hope to have our online shop back up and running as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Winners Richmond Best Shop 2016

Nominated Children's Bookseller of the Year 2017 & 2018

A&C Bookstore of the Month, Jan 2017

Caboodle Bookshop of the Month, Nov 2017

Opening Hours

Mon-Fri: 10am-5:30pm

Saturday: 10am-6pm

Sunday: 11am-4pm

Bank Holidays: 11am-4pm


2a Church Court,

Richmond, TW9 1JL

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Alligator Problem by Michael Rosen.

Alligator drawing by Axel Scheffler.


I understand that a pair of mad booksellers are planning to lure children into the mouth of a wild beast and are holding me at least partially responsible. 'Mad booksellers' is a redundant term, but nonetheless I will respond to this cruel slur by entering the Alligator's Mouth as soon as time allows and going on a spree of spending and/or vengeance.


Lemony Snicket


Alligator's Mouth team drawing by Zoe Scammell.

The Alligator's Mouth

2a Church Court, Richmond TW9 1JL

Email: Tel: 020 8948 6775

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