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London's oldest bookshop
A proper bookshop dating back to 1797, Hatchards has that charming analog oldy-worldy atmosphere you might dream about while numbly riding up an escalator at a Borders or a Barnes & Noble. Now owned by HMV (along with sibling Waterstones, this Piccadillly institution nevertheless features hard-to-find edtions, signed books and a rather large section on royalty. And a lovely staircase. Former patrons include Oscar Wilde and Lord Byron. Others associated with Hatchards include J.K Rowling, Alexander McCall-Smith, Lauren Bacall, and Stephen Fry. Other local landmarks: Fortnum & Mason [see entry], White Cube art gallery [see entry], Dover Street Market [see entry] and the Royal Academy of Arts [see entry].