Founded in 1945, Housmans was one of London’s first progressive bookstores. Today, it has become one of the few such stores remaining in the United Kingdom. The store, named after English author, playwright, and activist Laurence Housman, sells a selection of radical literature, including books, magazines, and pamphlets. Its selection of over 200 political newsletters and journals is the largest in the United Kingdom. The store also hosts a number of events each year, including book signings, film screenings, exhibitions, talks, and performances.