Where? London, UK
Recommended by Sean Dodson
The courtesy of the Guardian Unlimited
Located opposite the Royal Academy, Hatchard's seems like a a bibliophiles dream. It's easy to get lost in this shop for hours, strolling from section to section from popular fiction via the computer manuals to travel guides and photography books. There is a help desk on each floor, with employees always there at your hand, if you need any, because most of the sections are rather east to navigate through on your own.
Hatchard's is certainly the oldest bookstore having first opened to the public in 1797 by John Hatchard on one of then most fashionable streets in London. Spreading over five floors and with over 100,000 titles in stock, the shop is a heady mix of genuine character and first-class personal service. A favourite with both writers and readers alike, Hatchards not only holds regular book signings but can obtain any British book currently in print. Travel, fiction, history and biography genres are all well represented.
London W1J 9LE
Phone and Email:
020 7439 9921
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