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London's oldest bookstore

Hatchards is reputedly London's oldest bookstore. If you only visit one bookstore in London make... read more

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Chittaway Bay, Australia
Charming Bookstore

Full of old world Charm; feels more like a library & the staff are more like librarians- so nice in... read more

Reviewed 4 November 2018
London, United Kingdom
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187 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LE, England
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All reviews book lovers book store love books extensive collection audio books non fiction great selection of books an absolute on display bookstore waterstones piccadilly browse author fortnum oldest shop
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hatchards is reputedly London's oldest bookstore. If you only visit one bookstore in London make sure its Hatchards. Whatever book you're looking for Hatchards are likely to have it. Full of character and history it's definitely worth a visit. Have a look at Fortnum and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank sharalli
Reviewed 4 November 2018

Full of old world Charm; feels more like a library & the staff are more like librarians- so nice in this commercial world. I think they need to have more staff though.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Premolars208
Reviewed 8 October 2018

Found by chance "Hatchards Bookshop" just next door to Fortnum and Masons. What a lucky find. The store is decorated in ole world fashion outside and in - full of charm and tranquility. Categories and categories of books displayed - hard and soft books. What...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank RogerJ487
Reviewed 28 September 2018 via mobile

A friend highly recommended i visit and I wasn’t disappointed. Extensive collection they have! If you are lucky, you might find signed copies. The shelves are well arranged and easy to navigate (some bookstores feel like a maze and you end up with a headache)...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Rhoda N
Reviewed 25 August 2018

Every time am in London I check out the shelves and buy a couple of books for the flight back. Support this store and other person based book stores. Worth visiting and supporting.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank TalleyrandNYC
Reviewed 28 July 2018

Just next to Fortnum and Masons, in Piccadilly, is Hatchards, a branch of Waterstones, and London's oldest bookshop. The shop has five levels, with shelves upon shelves of books, all for the book lover to appreciate and enjoy. There is even a section with rare...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Ale C
Reviewed 16 June 2018 via mobile

This is one bookstore you can easily spend half a day browsing and reading despite the lack of airconditioning in summer. Excellent selection of titles for every section especially the audio books. Staff are very knowledgeable friendly and helpful. On every visit to London it...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Sydsolo
Reviewed 20 May 2018

This is an absolute must for book-lovers! There are four floors of books in nearly every subject once could imagine. The staff is very knowledgeable regarding their inventory and there are many places throughout the store where you can plop down with a book and...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank DanielJSlick
Reviewed 14 March 2018

I talked my husband and son into going to Hatchard's with me - my sister had encouraged me (as a fellow book lover and reader) to go, just for its history - we all loved it. My son so enjoyed the layout of the shop,...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank jackmom1112
Reviewed 11 March 2018

London is a book lover's paradise, and Hatchards is headquarters for those for whom reading is as essential as breathing. The space is infused with respect and love for the printed word. It is a pleasure to inhabit a place that takes books and knowledge...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank LouAndreas212
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Hi No it doesn't but the location at Piccadilly offers you many cafes to choose from.