Known for its sartorial kudos, swinging London heritage and – more recently – Australians with clipboards trying to flog you paintball trips, Carnaby Street has just had another chapter inked into its colourful and eclectic history book. Situated within the Kingly Court complex, The Carnaby Book Exchange is a simple but rather ingenious new project, offering you and your well-read chums the opportunity to swap old books for anything on their shelves. Not feeling that Dan Brown paperback your well-meaning nan got you for Christmas? Simply head on down, drop it off and grab something else – there’s everything from the latest chart novels to weighty tomes on fashion, film and photography. Having been set up by students of the London College of Fashion, there’s also an artsy side to the project, with donators encouraged to share their thoughts about the book they’ve left behind. So don’t be surprised to see something scrawled inside the front cover of your latest literary acquisition, something like ‘I’m so sorry – my nan sort of has a thing for Tom Hanks’. David Clack
For info, see carnaby.co.uk.