Foyles

 
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Giant of the independent book-sellers trade
Towering over all its neighbours in Charing Cross Rd in both size and gravitas, Foyles bookstore dates back to 1903 — moving to its current address in 1906 — and boasts allegedly Europe's largest number of stocked books (more than 200,000 in 2014) across 37,000 square feet, including an excellent selection of gay and lesbian fiction, no doubt beefed up from having acquired the feminist Silver Moon Bookshop (founded in 1984) in 2001. For much of the late 20th century Foyles remained the domain of Christina Foyle until her death in 1999, when nephew Christopher Foyle took over. In June 2014 Foyles dismantled its shelves and shifted its now-modernised operation next door into the massive and reinvented space formerly occupied by Central St Martins College of Art and Design (now in Kings Cross), with credit to architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. A great move. Two minutes from Soho.

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    • stevenlavigne
      stevenlavigne Over a year ago

      I have to agree, the best bookstore in London, and they seem to have everything. Nice coffee shop, too.

    • freshlyroasted
      freshlyroasted Over a year ago
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      The best bookshop in London, recently overhauled by younger members of the Foyle family who own it. The first floor cafe does great veggie fare and has regular free jazz early evenings.

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