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Hatchards

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Address: 187 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LE, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7439 9921
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09:30 - 19:00
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Sun 11:30 - 18:00
Mon - Sat 09:30 - 19:00

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A Royal Bookshop

If you are looking for a signed copy of books you have to drop in to Htachards. A beautiful place with more than enough choice of books in many a field. The Art book section is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Pesta1963
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Biel, Switzerland
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Biel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are looking for a signed copy of books you have to drop in to Htachards. A beautiful place with more than enough choice of books in many a field. The Art book section is extremely good.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

London's oldest book shop, founded in 1797, was a must visit for me as both a book lover & librarian. More so, as someone tasked with buying a laundry list of Christmas gifts for young nieces & nephews with an English flavor. The store has an impressive inventory & like many, has a fairly regular schedule of events & signings,... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

In London you are bound to encounter establishments that have been around awhile, like Hatchards Booksellers on Piccadilly from 1797. They keep well up with the times and I found the latest works from several of my favourite authors, William Gibson, Douglas Kennedy and Ruth Rendell (unfortunately the last). The shop on three floors is nicely compact and I could... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

I regularly go here when in London because of the wonderful selection of books. Plenty of Jaeger chain bookstores around but Hatchards retains the charm of a smaller, family owned store. Staff are very attentive and the quality and selection of books outstanding.

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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

This is a truly amazing bookshop with a wonderful history section. It's also great for religious studies, fiction and art.

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Hong Kong, China
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Whilst a lovely respite from the hordes of Piccadilly, their ill-conceived venture into dealing (rarities, 1st editions etc) has been compromised by a moribund back-office accounting department that is incapable of paying their invoices. Collector's please go elsewhere. Hatchard's is pleased to take your volumes but you won't see a pound, Euro or otherwise for months! if ever!!

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

This is a mandatory stop for anyone who loves reading. There must be a reason Hatchard's has been so successful for over two centuries. The shop is an easy stroll up Piccadilly from Piccadilly Circus. I have to confess having spent more than an hour or two perusing the superb history and biography sections. Every square inch has been given... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016

I visit this shop every chance I get. The selection is incredible and the atmosphere here is one of tradition and respect/love of books. There special selections on display change frequently and they often sell signed copies of newer books. Browsing in this bookstore is one of my favorite pass times when I visit London.

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Solihull, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

This is a charming old book store right in the heart of Piccadilly. It is much smaller than the Waterstones Piccadilly branch, but this works to its advantage as it offers a more carefully chosen selection of books, as opposed to stocking everything which may be of variable quality. There history section is particularly impressive

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016

The oldest bookshop in the UK, a real classy place. It is not your normal chain bookstore. You will find classics and books on every topic, not just what's on trend. There are 5 floors to get lost in, one could spend hours here. Even the children's section was delightful.

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