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Hatchards, London

Categories: Gift & Specialty Shops, Shopping
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web
Get lost in the United Kingdom's oldest bookstore, Hatchards, established in 1797 by John Hatchard. Browse the shelves for subjects including fiction, nonfiction, gardening, royalty, art, biography, and much more. The shop has hosted signings by such notables as J.K. Rowling, Margaret Thatcher, and Stephen Fry. Look for the portrait of the founder at the top of the staircase. Make Hatchards part of your personalized London itinerary using our London travel itinerary maker.
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  • 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 ver...  read more »
  • This is a truly amazing bookshop with a wonderful history section. It's also great for religious studies, fiction and art. 
  • Whilst a lovely respite from the hordes of Piccadilly, their ill-conceived venture into dealing (rarities, 1st editions etc) has been compromised by a moribund back-office accounting department that i...  read more »
  • This is the oldest and the best bookstore in Britain. The staff here are so friendly especially the American fella and the blonde girl. I thoroughly enjoy walking up and down the stairs in this shop. I find it impossible to walk by and not say hello to the amazing staff in this store.
  • for real bookworms :) several floors full of books. great atmosphere
  • The seating outside and the offer of s free coffee when you buy s book lured me in. Once I was in that's it say bye bye to any plans. The books, gift cards and amazing stock of souvineirs and stationary will take up your time now. I spent at least half an hour within 3 metres of the door perusing the amazing books, adult colouring books, diaries, listographs, wrapping paper and much more. It's s great place well worth having a look into - there is domething to appeal to everyone in here. I went to the one in Euston station!
  • fantastic book shop in the heart of central london. plan to spend hour upon hour here.
  • The legendary Hatchard's is the oldest bookshop in the United Kingdom, and has been trading at its current Piccadilly premises since it was founded in 1797. It holds a royal warrant, and attracts the highest profile authors for signings. However, since it was bought by Waterstones in the late 1990s, its individuality has been lost. It has a good range of books available, but there's nothing about Hatchard's other than the name over the door which would make you think it was anything other than another branch of Waterstones.
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