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Charing Cross Road

Charing Cross Road

Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DT
Tel: See Department List below
Fax: + 44 (0) 20 7434 1574
Email: See Department List below

Opening hours
Monday - Saturday9.30am - 9.00pm
Sunday11.30am* - 6.00pm (*11.30am - 12.00 noon browsing only)
CaféThe Café closes 45 minutes before the shop. * Please note on Wednesday 15th June the cafe will close at 4pm for a private event.

About This Bookstore

For information about corporate and private hires of our Auditorium and/or Meeting Room, click here

 

The nearest Underground station to Foyles is Tottenham Court Road, which is on the Central line and the Northern line. Alternatively Leicester Square, which is on the Northern and Piccadilly lines, is a 5 minute walk from the shop.

 

Our flagship bookshop

The new Foyles flagship at 107 Charing Cross Road houses a range of over 200,000 different titles on four miles (6.5km) of shelves - the equivalent of lining one bank of the Thames with books from Battersea Power Station to the Tower of London. With 37,000 square feet of retail space, spread across eight alternating foot-plates over four floors, it is the largest bookshop to have opened in the UK so far this century. Alongside books, we have a wide range of gifts and stationery, magazines, printed music, classical music CDs and Classic and World DVDs as well as Ray's Jazz, Grant & Cutler Foreign Languages, a Cafe and an Auditorium. An impressive full height central atrium and large windows fill the space with natural light, while the layout allows for easy navigation and the serendipitous discovery of new books.

While the new shop was being built, we ran a competition with ten illustrators from Central Saint Martins to create illustrations for a large-scale building wrap to cover the new building while it was under construction. Artist Rebecca Hendin's entry was selected, commissioned and on the facade of the building until late last year. In January 2015, we were delighted to hear that her design had been awarded bronze in the advertising category of the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles Awards.

Foyles, which was founded in 1903 by brothers William and Gilbert Foyle, first opened on Charing Cross Road in 1906 and moved to its location at 113-119 Charing Cross Road in 1929. Declared by William Foyle to be 'the world's first purpose-built bookshop', it quickly became one of the capital's most well-known literary landmarks. William's daughter, Christina, built friendships with some of the leading writers of the time and pioneered bookshop author events, beginning a lecture series in the 1920s and founding the famous Foyles Literary Luncheons in 1930. The move to 107 Charing Cross Road in June 2014 marks a new chapter for our world-renowned, family-owned bookshop.


We employ more than 80 expert booksellers who will be happy to offer any help or advice you may need. Whilst these days most bookshops are stocked by books bought centrally from head office and distributed across the chain, at Foyles our heads of department are also our buyers, so they truly are experts in their stock and subjects.

 

You can find out more about the history of Foyles here.

 

In 2011 Foyles were extremely proud to acquire the business of Grant & Cutler and welcomed them to our flagship store and our website. Established in 1936, Grant & Cutler are the UK's largest foreign language bookseller.

Store Departments

To contact one of our departments, please use the alphabetical list below.

Store Departments

Ancient History/Archaeology/Civilisations: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3241 Archaeology@foyles.co.uk
Art/Architecture: Ground Floor Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3245 art@foyles.co.uk
Atlases/Maps/Travel: Lower Ground Floor Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3240 travel@foyles.co.uk
Audiobooks: Floor 2 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3228 fiction@foyles.co.uk
Bestsellers: Ground Floor Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3265 fiction@foyles.co.uk
Biography - see Popular Biography . None
Biology: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3247 technical@foyles.co.uk
Business: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3242 business@foyles.co.uk
Cafe: Floor 5 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3207 richard@leafi.co.uk
Chemistry: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3247 technical@foyles.co.uk
Children's Books & Gifts: Lower Ground Floor Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3204 childrens@foyles.co.uk
Classical Music/CDs & DVDs: Floor 2 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3562 classical@foyles.co.uk
Computing: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3247 computing@foyles.co.uk
Cookery/Food & Drink: Lower Ground Floor Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3240 lifestyle@foyles.co.uk
Crime Fiction/True Crime: Floor 1 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3265 fiction@foyles.co.uk
Design: Ground Floor Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3245 art@foyles.co.uk
Dictionaries: Floor 4 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3258 efl@foyles.co.uk
DIY: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3247 technical@foyles.co.uk
Drama/Film/Plays/Theatre: Floor 2 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3261 film@foyles.co.uk
DVDs: Floor 2 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3228 / 3562 film@foyles.co.uk
Earth Sciences/Geography: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3247 technical@foyles.co.uk
Economics: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3242 business@foyles.co.uk
Education: Floor 4 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3248 education@foyles.co.uk
EFL/English Language: Floor 4 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3248 efl@foyles.co.uk
Engineering/Technology: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3247 technical@foyles.co.uk
Fiction/Literature/Literary Criticism/Poetry: Floor 1 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3265 fiction@foyles.co.uk
Foreign Languages/Grant & Cutler: Floor 4 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3248 languages@foyles.co.uk
Gallery: Floor 5 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 3206 2603 gallery@foyles.co.uk
Gardening: Lower Ground Floor Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3240 lifestyle@foyles.co.uk
Gender/Sexuality/GLBT: Floor 2 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3228 gendersexuality@foyles.co.uk
General Enquiries Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7437 5660 customerservices@foyles.co.uk
Geography/Earth Sciences: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3247 technical@foyles.co.uk
Gifts/Cards/Stationery Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3265 n/a
Graphic Novels/Manga: Floor 1 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3265 fiction@foyles.co.uk
Health: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3247 medical@foyles.co.uk
History/Politics/Current Affairs: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3241 history@foyles.co.uk
Horror Fiction: Floor 1 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3265 fiction@foyles.co.uk
Humanities: Floors 2 & 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3228 / 3241 pps@foyles.co.uk
Humour: Floor 1 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3265 fiction@foyles.co.uk
Jazz/Ray's Jazz: Floor 2 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3205 rays@foyles.co.uk
Law: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3242 law@foyles.co.uk
Linguistics: Floor 4 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3258 efl@foyles.co.uk
Literature/Literary Criticism/Fiction Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3265 fiction@foyles.co.uk
London Guides and City Writing: Lower Ground Floor Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3240 travel@foyles.co.uk
London History: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3241 history@foyles.co.uk
Management: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3242 business@foyles.co.uk
Manga/Graphic Novels: Floor 1 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3265 fiction@foyles.co.uk
Maps/Atlases/Travel: Lower Ground Floor Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3240 travel@foyles.co.uk
Mathematics: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3247 maths@foyles.co.uk
MBS (Mind, Body & Spirit): Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3241 pps@foyles.co.uk
Medicine/Medical Equipment/Nursing: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3247 medical@foyles.co.uk
Military History: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3242 military@foyles.co.uk
Modern History/Politics: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3241 history@foyles.co.uk
Music Books/Printed or Sheet Music: Floor 2 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3228 music@foyles.co.uk
Natural History: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3247 nathist@foyles.co.uk
Nursing/Medicine/Medical Instruments: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3247 medical@foyles.co.uk
Pets: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3247 nathist@foyles.co.uk
Philosophy: Floor 2 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3228 pps@foyles.co.uk
Photography: Ground Floor Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3245 art@foyles.co.uk
Physics: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3247 maths@foyles.co.uk
Plays/Theatre/Film: Floor 2 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3261 film@foyles.co.uk
Poetry/Poetry Criticism: Floor 1 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3265 fiction@foyles.co.uk
Politics/Current Affairs/Modern History: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3241 history@foyles.co.uk
Popular Biography - titles are kept in related departments Various n/a
Popular Medicine: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3247 medical@foyles.co.uk
Popular Music: Floor 2 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3228 music@foyles.co.uk
Popular Science: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3247 maths@foyles.co.uk
Printed Music: Floor 2 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3228 music@foyles.co.uk
Psychiatry: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3247 medical@foyles.co.uk
Psychology: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3241 pps@foyles.co.uk
Ray's Jazz: Floor 2 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3205 rays@foyles.co.uk
Reference Children's: Lower Ground Floor Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3204 childrens@foyles.co.uk
Reference General: Floor 4 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3258 efl@foyles.co.uk
Religion/Theology: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3241 pps@foyles.co.uk
Sheet Music: Floor 2 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3228 music@foyles.co.uk
Sport/Puzzles/Games/Hobbies: Lower Ground Floor Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3240 sport@foyles.co.uk
Teaching Resources/Education: Floor 4 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3248 education@foyles.co.uk
Technology/Engineering: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3247 technical@foyles.co.uk
Textbooks/KS1,2&3/GCSE/A-Level: Floor 4 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3248 education@foyles.co.uk
Theology/Religion: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3241 pps@foyles.co.uk
Transport: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3247 transport@foyles.co.uk
Travel/Maps/Atlases: Lower Ground Floor Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3240 travel@foyles.co.uk
Veterinary Medicine: Floor 3 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3247 medical@foyles.co.uk

Upcoming Events

Macmillan Prize Exhibition Macmillan Prize Exhibition
15th June 2016 9:30am - 21st July 2016 8pm | 107 Charing Cross Road Exhibition

The Macmillan Prize exhibition, which is a free, was established by Macmillan Children’s Books to stimulate new work from young illustrators in art schools, and to help them take the first steps in their professional lives.

Ray's Jazz: Zhenya Strigalev's Never Group Ray's Jazz: Zhenya Strigalev's Never Group
1st July 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm | 107 Charing Cross Road Ray's Jazz Event, Music Event, Chargeable Event

Building a reputation on both sides of the North Atlantic for his adventurous and impassioned emphasis on improvisation, Zhenya Strigalev's Never Group! is an experience that matches quirky abandon with resolute musicianship and technicality.

The Last communard: Gavin Bowd in conversation with Ruth Scurr The Last communard: Gavin Bowd in conversation with Ruth Scurr
5th July 2016 7pm - 8:30pm | 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Chargeable Event

Join us for a conversation with two of the country's leading historical writers as they discuss the impact and legacy of The Paris Commune and its leading figure, Adrian Lejeune.

Tea With Winnicott: Brett Kahr and Alison Bechdel in conversation with Susie Orbach Tea With Winnicott: Brett Kahr and Alison Bechdel in conversation with Susie Orbach
11th July 2016 7pm - 8pm | 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Chargeable Event

At this exclusive event, Professor Brett Kahr will discuss his new book Tea With Winnicott with graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel and psychotherapist and social critic Susie Orbach.

Cookbook Confidential: How to Break into the Food Business (and How Social Media Can Help!) Cookbook Confidential: How to Break into the Food Business (and How Social Media Can Help!)
13th July 2016 7pm - 8:30pm | 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Signing, Chargeable Event

Learn from the experts as Eleonora Galasso, Olia Hercules and Eric Lanlard, as they talk about how they got into the food business and share tips and advice if you’re eager to break in too. How do you get noticed in a crowded food field? How can social media help (or hurt)? Join them for an evening packed with their own personal stories and practical help.

Recent News

Kevin Barry's Beatlebone wins Goldsmiths Prize
11th November 2015 - 12 Midnight

Novel about John Lennon takes award for innovative fiction

Foyles new flagship store opens at 107 Charing Cross Road
6th June 2014 - 12 Midnight

Foyles new flagship store opens at 107 Charing Cross Road

Foyles Buys Grant & Cutler
21st March 2011 - 12 Midnight Foyles Marketing

Foyles announced today that it has taken over the business of Grant & Cutler, the largest foreign language bookshop in the UK.

Spring Events at Foyles Charing Cross Road
17th March 2011 - 12 Midnight Foyles Events

Foyles presents a packed spring programme of events with today's leading writers including: Costa Book of the Year award winning poet Jo Shapcott, authors Sebastian Faulks, Rose Tremain, Mark Haddon and Kate Mosse, poet Wendy Cope as well as the opportunity to meet Russia's leading crime and science fiction authors and meet Jazz legend Peter King as he launches his autobiography.

Latest Blogs

15th December 2015 - 12 Midnight Jonathan Ruppin

Our web editor, Jonathan Ruppin, sifts through another year of great fiction and picks out the ten books that he'd most like to share with fellow readers.

4th November 2015 - 12 Midnight George Hamilton-Jones

Taking the example of the current display of books about prohibition, George Hamilton-Jones, from our Charing Cross Road flagship, reveals the thought and planning that goes into each table of books at Foyles.

9th August 2015 - 12 Midnight

Take a look around a our beautiful private hire space, located on the 6th Floor in our flagship store at on Charing Cross Road.

27th April 2015 - 12 Midnight Jonathan Ruppin

Jonathan Ruppin, a judge for debut novel award the Desmond Elliott Prize, looks at why literary awards for first-time writers are so important and explains why the criteria are a little different from other prizes.

15th December 2014 - 12 Midnight Jonathan Ruppin

Many at Foyles feel that 2014 been a very good year for fiction and our customers seem to agree, with big leaps in sales in all our branches. Our web editor, Jonathan Ruppin, looks at why this might be, selects his top titles and explains why Dutch novelist Peter Buwalda's Bonita Avenue is his book of the year.

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