Waterstones Piccadilly is a must for a visit if you enjoy reading and literature. It is the largest book shop in the whole of Europe. The building itself is known to be an important London landmark and used to be the large department store called 'Simpsons'. Since 1999 it has been a Waterstones. It has a grand total of eight floors - six of these are dedicated to books. The Waterstones Piccadilly houses more than 150,000 books - covering everything from specialist non-fiction titles to literary classics and children's books. Aside from the books that are on offer, you will also find a Costa Coffee located inside the Waterstones. There is even a cocktail bar at the top of the building, called the 5th View bar (for more details see the official website - link below). This is a dream destination for lovers of literature - you could while away a whole day in this book store, flipping through the books, sipping a coffee or even attending a literary event (see more details below).
It is worth remembering that Waterstones is a chain - you will find smaller Waterstones bookshops dotted all over London (use the 'store finder' on the official website to find the one closest to you - see link below). There is also a comprehensive, Waterstones online store. This means that if you can't get to Waterstones Piccadilly Circus, you can take a look at what they have on offer and order it online. To find out more, check the Official Waterstones website.
Closest Tube: Piccadilly Circus (Blue Line / Piccadilly Line and Brown Line / Bakerloo Line)
203 - 206 Piccadilly
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7851 2400
Website: Official Waterstones Website
The Waterstones Piccadilly is so much more than your average book shop. They also offer events on a regular basis. If you are a literary enthusiast it is worth keeping an eye on the official website (link above). Here they have an events section where you can find out about any events that might be taking place during your visit. They have everything from talks to book signings to Easter egg hunts! Past guests have included Germaine Greer, President Clinton and David Beckham.
Monday - Saturday: 09:00 - 20:00
Sunday: 12:00 Noon - 18:00