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Favorite general bookstores/locations

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Favorite general bookstores/locations

I've read Charing Cross Rd. has a lot of good bookshops, and seen some of the names of the places. One called Foyle's, I belive, sounds great to do a quick browse just to see it. Anyone have any favorite bookstores (even if it's a chain) where there are lots of book on England, travel, etc? (Also like used books.) The area in Bloomsbury near a college, I believe, is supposed to have good ones too.

Thanks!

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1. Re: Favorite general bookstores/locations

Foyle's is a swell independent bookshop, which used to shelve paperback fiction by publisher, if you can imagine it. Baffling, but wonderful. Blackwell's is on 100 Charing X Road, and has a good selection of academic books as well as the usual stock.

Daunt's Travel books on Marylebone High Street has a great selection of travel books; another great choice is Stanfords on Long Acre near Covent Gardent - they've got a fabbo selection of maps, too.

Hatchads, on Piccadilly, has a Royal Warrant - it's been selling books for many years and is worth a look as very little has changed in all the years I've known it. The big Waterstones in the old Simpsons building near Piccadilly Circus is also worth a look.

Charity shops usually have a selection of used books at very good prices. There are a number of shops on Goodge Street; Oxfam book shops are on Bloomsbury Street and Marylebone High Street as well.

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Just a second of TravellerPlus' recommendations of Waterstones and Hatchards at Picadilly. They are right down the street from each other. And Hatchards has the advantage of being right next to Fortnum and Mason.

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just to second Daunts... a lovely bookshop in a nice street (Mayrlebone )

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Underneath Waterloo bridge

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5. Re: Favorite general bookstores/locations

The Watertone's chain has a great selection of travelbooks, as do Borders....

I agree, Daunt Books is great, and if you are a foodie, Books for Cooks in Notting Hill (Blenheim Crescent, just off Portobello Road)

There's a travel bookshop in the same street.

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6. Re: Favorite general bookstores/locations

Foyle's is fantastic but you will need to do more than 'a quick browse', there are several floors of books.

When you get to Charing X Road please remember it extends from Tottenham Court Road towards Trafalgar Square. It has book shops specialising in many subjects including art, murder mystery, romance, feminism, erotism. Once you get to the Leicester Square tube area there are a number of little alleyways that have antique books shops on theatre and movies.

This is my favourite part of London. If you want any more information let me know I will do my best to help.

Regards

Jeff

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7. Re: Favorite general bookstores/locations

I also like Waterstones and Hatchards on Piccadilly as well as Foyles. Don't forget many large museums have excellent selections of books too.

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The Waterstones on Gower Street in Bloomsbury is an especially good shop. They serve the University of London, so have huge stock and they have an excellent used books section (I always find many books in that section that I wouldn't be able to get elsewhere). The store is on 3-4 floors.

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9. Re: Favorite general bookstores/locations

It sounds like book heaven and I can't wait. Thanks for all the suggestions of bookstores!

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Don't miss Stanford's on Long Acre in Covent Garden. Stanford's is a wonderful source for travel books, not just guidebooks (although its collection of those is the most comprehensive I've ever seen ) but travel narratives and significant fiction about travel destinations.

They also have an amazing map secton. I am a cartographic ignoramus, but I always end up spending time amazed by the variety of maps and atlases offered.

Be sure to at least take a peek at all three levels and marvel at the amazing floor covering.