Although the Duke of Wellington and the Queen herself are counted among its customers, Hatchards, the oldest bookseller in the city (1797), is also noted for its famous shoplifters: An 18-year-old Noël Coward was apprehended as he stuffed a suitcase full of books. (Characteristically, he talked his way out of trouble.) It has been trading since 1801 at its current location, which means it was selling books before Hardy, Dickens, or the Brontës were writing them. You’ll find it not far west of Waterstones (listed below).
187 Piccadilly, W1
Our Rating Neighborhood St. James's Transportation Tube: Piccadilly Circus Phone 020/7439-9921 Web site Hatchards
Map187 Piccadilly, W1 London
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