A campaign is under way to save Word on the Water, London's floating bookshop.

Owner Jonathan Privett faces losing the current mooring on the Regent's Canal at Paddington after the Canal and River Trust accepted a higher bid for the berth.

On Wednesday (Dec 3rd) the boat's owners met CRT officials to discuss the situation. Afterwards they tweeted to supporters: " Our meeting with CRT was positive but inconclusive, your voices are making all the difference."

Hundreds of people have signed an online petition in a bid to save the unique venue. Supporters include Stephen Fry and Booker Prize-winning author Ben Okri.


Owner Jonathan Privett told the Evening Standard : “We have become a centre of the local community, as well as a mecca for book-lovers from all over the world.

"We have really enhanced the area. We are popular with everyone from families to business people who pop in during their lunch hour."

The boat, which has a stock of 3,500 second-hand books, has also been on the Thames in past years but owners say cruising waterways is no longer sustainable.

The Canal and River Trust said it had a responsibility to secure the best deal for the canal. A spokeswoman said “We fully appreciate the sentiments expressed about Word On The Water and very much hope it continues to operate successfully, as a roving trader consistent with its existing licence.”

See the petition HERE

Story dated December 3rd 2014.