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Piccadilly, London
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    "This is one of the oldest book shop in London and it is brilliant!"(4 Tips)
    Angus M.
    "Best place in London for signed copies of books"(4 Tips)
    Anna E.
    "The most wonderful, beautiful and almost magical bookshop in London."(3 Tips)
    Daniella L.
    "Loved the history section on the first floor."(2 Tips)
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    This is one of the oldest book shop in London and it is brilliant! Hard to explain why it is so good, but there is a fusty smell of gorgeous books, a sense of history everywhere! Free Browsing!
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    Gary HorOctober 14, 2016
    One of the oldest bookshops in London. A must visit! Go to the upper floors and explore the many titles on display. You can ask for recommendations from the friendly staff too.
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    iSponsorAugust 17, 2012
    The oldest bookstore in Britain. Makes you want to leave your wallet at home. Be sure to experience this historic London landmark. And by the way lots of wonderful new and classic books as well..
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    Michael AmbjornAugust 21, 2016
    Hatchards has been selling books since 1797 and is spread across several floors. Well worth a browse.
  • Anna E.heart icon on user image
    Anna EllegaardAugust 4, 2015
    The most wonderful, beautiful and almost magical bookshop in London. Art section + theory is over the top!
  • Matt T.heart icon on user image
    Matt Ta-MinAugust 24, 2015
    An excellent bookstore. It has to compete with the slightly larger Waterstones down the road, but this bookshop certainly holds its own with its history and royal connections.
    HISTORY UKFebruary 10, 2011
    Opening in 1797, this is the oldest book shop in Britain and once stocked the country house libraries of Britain’s aristocrats. Byron, Wellington, Disraeli and Wilde were all regular customers.
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    RAY AAlAJune 22, 2022
    Books on Books rows and rows, old charm but I’m sticking to my digital books out of convenience 💕 none the less a great quiet spot in busy London
  • Whimsical V.heart icon on user image
    Whimsical VoyagesFebruary 12, 2017
    Goes straight up to the top of the list of my favourite bookshops in London!
  • Rimon N.heart icon on user image
    Rimon NMarch 11, 2014
    The lovely scent of books, chairs for reading and a very knowledgeable staff. What more can one ask for.
  • Jacob M.heart icon on user image
    Jacob Mercer-PontierOctober 2, 2015
    Beautiful architecture, vintage displays, authentic feeling
  • Greg B.heart icon on user image
    Greg BrunoNovember 16, 2022
    Beautiful bookstore with many levels and small floors. A lot of signed books here.
  • Martin T.
    Martin TiedemannMay 29, 2012
    3 October: Established in 1797, Hatchards is the oldest bookshop in Britain, and one of the most famous in the world. The shop was started by John Hatchard & was granted a Royal Warrant by George III.
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    EsraJuly 8, 2023
    A marvellous place. I think it’s more than a bookstore, it’s like a book museum.
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    BApril 17, 2019
    Books displayed very well. An interior to take you back in time
  • Danisheart icon on user image
    DanisNovember 8, 2014
    London's oldest book shop, plenty of signed copies, royal warrant... What else would you want? ;)
  • Johanan O.heart icon on user image
    Johanan OttensooserDecember 31, 2015
    Fav London bookstore - great beautiful selection of classics
  • Sarahheart icon on user image
    SarahOctober 19, 2022
    Been here 10+ times
    Best selection of books you’ll find in Central London (excluding more boutique bookstores)
  • Martin J.heart icon on user image
    Martin JarčíkOctober 23, 2013
    Beautiful bookshop smelling by fresh printed paper books!! :)
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    Senite8April 6, 2017
    Great bookstore with great helpers.
  • Daniella L.
    Daniella LathamAugust 12, 2011
    Fantastic, helpful staff! Loved the history section on the first floor. Highly recommended.
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    Klara BirchleyFebruary 17, 2014
    Check out the 3rd floor Fashion section, it's perfection 👌💃
  • Ian P.
    Ian PattersonJune 26, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Probably the best bookshop around. Great for having signed copies of newly released books.
  • Bill S.heart icon on user image
    Bill SilcockJune 14, 2014
    Truly one of the world's best
  • Karenheart icon on user image
    KarenJanuary 6, 2018
    Typical bookstore, but that's rare these days, isn't it? Pretty cute layout.
  • Abdullahheart icon on user image
    AbdullahApril 16, 2019
    Loved it! Great bookstore
  • Ian B.
    Ian BreretonOctober 10, 2018
    Been here 100+ times
    Wonderful history section
  • David D.
    David DavidsonNovember 3, 2013
    A very cool building + interior. However, unfortunately, the staff I talked to wasn't very helpful. It's got a good atmosphere, though.
  • Jeffrey J.
    Jeffrey JamesJuly 17, 2010
    the most knowledgeable staff, lovely book signing evenings & just a lovely place to browse!
  • Sybille Y.heart icon on user image
    Sybille YoungJuly 1, 2018
    The best bookstore. Ever. Period!
  • Yiota P.
    Yiota PapSeptember 8, 2013
    Huge collection and such a nice environment!!!
  • Eman A.heart icon on user image
    Eman AbdulazizSeptember 1, 2017
    Excellent bookstore.
  • Najlaheart icon on user image
    NajlaNovember 26, 2023
    Very good bookstore
  • Latifa A.
    Latifa AZDISeptember 8, 2014
    You can find so many signed copies here!
  • Kris C.heart icon on user image
    Kris CovoNovember 13, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The quintessential English bookshop. The spiraling wooden staircase leads you back in time.
  • Kathleen W.
    Kathleen WalpoleMarch 17, 2013
    Give yourself a good hour to explore the bookstore!
  • L K.heart icon on user image
    L KJanuary 4, 2015
    5 stories total, a bookstore to get lost in.
  • Dan C.
    Dan CalladineOctober 17, 2010
    They stock really nice hardback editions of authors like Agatha Christie, Evelyn Waugh and PG Wodehouse
  • Jonathan B.
    Jonathan BTKJanuary 3
    Great place to find gifts about culture Read more
  • Yasiru A.heart icon on user image
    Yasiru AbeygunawardanaNovember 1, 2015
    Good collection
  • Evil G.
    Evil GiraffeSeptember 22, 2012
    Great bookshop, shame about the grumpy staff
  • Angus M.
    Angus MarkJanuary 21, 2012
    Best place in London for signed copies of books
  • Betty W.
    Betty WongJune 30, 2013
    Floors of books for book lovers
  • Jordan N.
    Jordan NewellJune 17, 2010
    Probably the finest book shop in London
  • Simon D.
    Simon DanceApril 6, 2011
    Amazing bookshop
  • Katya B.heart icon on user image
    Katya BakhmetyevaOctober 15, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Очень люблю этот книжный магазин. Уютный и с интересным ассортиментом. Много книг с автографами авторов. На последнем этаже большой выбор книг по искусству😍
  • Asma A.heart icon on user image
    Asma AlbatliNovember 30, 2017
    أحلى مكتبة دخلتها بحياتي 😭❤️ متعة بصرية غير التنوع والخيارات الهائلة
  • Константин С.
    Прекрасные книжки и стильный интерьер!
  • Aleksandra N.
    Aleksandra NasadyukJuly 31, 2013
    Шикарный книжный магазин!
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