In a location opened in 1936 as Simpson’s clothiers—the Art Deco model for Grace Brothers in the saucy Britcom Are You Being Served? (the show’s creator was a clerk)—this branch of the giant chain is now Europe’s largest bookshop. Even if Waterstones is a Big Gorilla of bookselling, it handles the stewardship of that dubious title with dignity; there are six sweeping floors, an enormous London section, plenty of easy chairs for freeloaders, scads of discount offers, and a dedicated events space for visiting authors. The top floor’s panoramic cafe, 5th View, hops after work and into the evening.
Our Rating Transportation Tube: Piccadilly Circus Phone 020/7851-2400 Web site Waterstones
Map203 Piccadilly London
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