About Hatchards Bookshop

Hatchards is the oldest bookshop in London. Hatchards stock fiction and non-fiction and also specialise in books about Winston Churchill, royalty, art, biography and gardening.

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Venue Details & Map

197 Piccadilly
St James's
+44 (0)20 7439 9921
Public transport:
Piccadilly Circus, Underground
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Yelp Reviews

5 out of 5 based on 21 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Hatchards Bookshop

5.0 out of 5 2 July 2013
by KayleighBailey

My favourite bookshop. The atmosphere here is without a doubt something special with all those 19 century style couches and the wood panelling, it's really lovely.

But what I like here is not only the atmosphere but also the friendly staff. The will never bother you if you want to sit down and start reading a book and are always very helpful and ready to find even the rarest or newest book....more

5.0 out of 5 2 June 2013
by Jon F.

Great Book Store

They have lots and lots of books.

The books are well-organized.

The books are well-priced.

Many of the books are autographed.

It's quiet.

The staff is helpful.more

5.0 out of 5 22 May 2012
by Vivien L.

I'm a massive bookworm, so this place is pure heaven for me. If I'm on Piccadilly, Hatchards/Fortnum and Laduree are must-go's.

I love how books are literally packed on every corner of the store - they've even had to put board games and trinkets on the staircase due to lack of space. They've also got a great selection of autographed books, and I always get emails about book signings which is...more

5.0 out of 5 23 December 2009
by Yee Gan O.

Hatchards has been selling books since 1797 and its experienced gravitas is reflected in the dark wood panelling and its position on Piccadilly close to Fortnum & Mason and Lladro, 2 other names synonymous with excellence.

They have excellent displays, lots of signed copies as well as signing events - see their website for a list of upcoming events.

There are quite a few floors and you can...more

5.0 out of 5 2 April 2009
by David J.

Hatchards is a wonderful institution: as well as being the oldest surviving bookshop in the UK, it still has the feel of somewhere special: the interior is slightly cramped and on several levels, with an old-fashioned feel, but in a nice way.

A little of the 1797 spirit seems to live on. Even the chairs for customers are Georgian reproductions - no leather-covered sofas here!

On a more...more

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