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St. James's
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Address: 187 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LE, England
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+44 20 7439 9921
09:30 - 19:00
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Sun 11:30 - 18:00
Mon - Sat 09:30 - 19:00

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Extraordinary book seller since 1797

Simply extraordinary. Wonderful selection . Truly an old world bookseller ambience. An absolute must !

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Highland Beach, Florida
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Highland Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Simply extraordinary. Wonderful selection . Truly an old world bookseller ambience. An absolute must !

Thank highlandbeachflorida
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is not a book superstore like nearby Waterstones but is a lovely intimate place with very knowledgeable staff. It never gets too busy and you can spend as long as you like looking and reading.

Thank sheepygold
Los Angeles, CA
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

I love book stores and enjoy visiting new ones during my travels. Hatchards is one of the best I've ever visited. It's on Piccadilly in central London and has multiple floors of books of all types. It reminds me of what a library in a historic home would look like with wood paneling and shelves upon shelves of books. There... More 

Thank DebPLosAngeles_CA
Kristiansand, Norway
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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Me and my boyfriend really loved this bookstore. So charming and cosy atmosphere, wide selection of books and very helpful and knowledgeable staff. This will be our regular stop when in London in the future ☺

Thank charlotte o
Westerville, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017

Right in the middle of Piccadilly in the West End, close to Fortnum and Mason's. lies Hatchards. When her majesty wants to browse or get a book to read, here is where she pops over to from nearby Buckingham Palace. A quick walk through Green Park and past the Green Park Tube down Picadilly and you enter this world for... More 

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long island, new york
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Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Convenient location in Picadilly. An extensive collection, interestingly arranged. Extremely helpful, pleasant, and knowledgeable staff. I asked about a hard-to-find book I'd looked for in three countries. Hatchard's had it. What more could a customer need?

Thank julia m
Biel, Switzerland
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Reviewed 24 November 2016

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.

Thank Pesta1963
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Reviewed 21 November 2016

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 

Thank Shawn F
Helsinki, Finland
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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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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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St. James's
Perennially fashionable since the days of Henry VIII, the aristocratic “Clubland” of St James's is a premier destination for high end craft and bespoke design. Here you’ll lose count of the Royal Warrants (which indicate that the Royal Family patronizes the establishment) seen in shop front windows, even during a short stroll to bordering Green Park or St James’s Park. With the brightly lit and constantly buzzing junction of Piccadilly Circus at its northeast corner and none of Central London too far away, this is an surprisingly central and accessible part of town, especially given its prosperous demeanor.
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