Hatchards – a bibliophile’s dream in Piccadilly

Hatchards – dating back to 1797 – is one of the oldest bookstores in London. It’s owned by Waterstones now but has retained its original branding, such as the italic typeface, and period features, including the dark panelling inside and outside the store. Know that as you walk around the bookshop, you’re tracing the steps of Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde and Rudyard Kipling, among others.

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Unlike other notableĀ older shops in London, such as Fortnum & Mason (1707) or Hamleys (1760), Hatchings has a more restrained outer facade and can easily be missed while walking on Piccadilly
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Olive green chesterfield sofas, a similar deep green wooden facade, and warm lighting draws in the bibliophile in any pedestrian
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The statement piece in the bookshop. Climb up one or two stories to find nooks and crannies for sampling books
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Hatchards has to be my new favourite place for finding hardback classics
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The store is a Royal Warrant holder, ‘a mark of recognition of those who have supplied goods or services to‘ the Queen
A staircase with carved wooden balusters and handrail has to be part of a romantic’s criterion for the ideal bookshop

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