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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)
Bank Holiday Monday 29th May11.00am - 8.00pm
CaféThe Café closes 45 minutes before the shop.

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.

In Our Bookstore Now

 

Classical Music

Foyles Classical department was established in 2008 and is the now the largest of its kind in London. We offer a comprehensive range of titles on CD, DVD and Bluray. Alongside all the new releases we hold a hand-picked range of 10,000 titles with areas dedicated to both early and Renaissance music and late 20th century and contemporary composers. We specialise in opera, ballet and classical DVD and Bluray, offer a large array of collector’s boxed sets, have a thriving second-hand section and run a number of special offers on our favourite labels throughout the year. Help and advice and a musical chat are always on hand from Jim and Theo and we can order anything available in the UK and send it anywhere in the world if necessary.

For more information visit our dedicated Classical Music page here.

 

 

 

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 3241 business@foyles.co.uk
Cafe: Floor 5 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3207 remi@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 3228 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 3248 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 3228 film@foyles.co.uk
DVDs: Floor 2 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3228 / 1562 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 3241 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 3276 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 3241 law@foyles.co.uk
Linguistics: Floor 4 Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7440 3248 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 3241 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 3241 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 3228 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 3248 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

Build a Giant Brio Train Set Build a Giant Brio Train Set
24th July 2017 9:30am - 26th July 2017 9pm | 107 Charing Cross Road Children's Event, Free Event

Visit our giant Brio train set and get building in our auditorium at our Charing Cross Road shop.

Arthur C. Clarke Awards 2017 Arthur C. Clarke Awards 2017
27th July 2017 7pm - 9pm | 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Signing, Chargeable Event

The Arthur C. Clarke Award is the most prestigious award for science fiction in Britain.This year marks 100 years since the birth of Arthur C. Clarke and we're delighted once again to be hosting the award ceremony, at which this year's winner will be revealed by the Director of the Clarke Award, Tom Hunter.

Bloco Lates Showcase Bloco Lates Showcase
28th July 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm | 107 Charing Cross Road Ray's Jazz Event, Music Event

The Kinetika Bloco is a performance group with an exuberant mix of young brass and woodwind players, drummers, steel pan and dynamic dancers all in costume creating a unique new British Carnival sound with a decidedly London edge.

Adventures in Wonderland Adventures in Wonderland
29th July 2017 2pm - 3pm | 107 Charing Cross Road Children's Event, Free Event

Foyles invites you to fall down the rabbit hole once more and join us for a magical snapshot of the 5* smash hit interactive production, Adventures in Wonderland, which returns by popular demand to The Vaults, Waterloo from 13th May – 3rd September.

The Gruffalo at Foyles Storybox Festival The Gruffalo at Foyles Storybox Festival
4th August 2017 3pm - 5pm | 107 Charing Cross Road Children's Event, Free Event

Join in with the story as we celebrate Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's modern classic The Gruffalo - with a special purple-prickled guest appearance!

Recent News

Two Book Publishing Deal for Foyles Bookseller Chloe Coles
26th May 2017 - 12 Midnight

Hot Keys Books have signed bookseller Chloe Coles' YA series about friendship and fighting for a cause.

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

22nd May 2017 - 12 Midnight

James from our Charing Cross Road branch explains why, if you enjoy the prose style of W G Sebald, the trappings of noir, Macbeth, overheard conversations and deadly pillow talk, A Heart So White is the novel for you.

27th March 2017 - 12 Midnight Marion Rankine

Foyles' Marion Rankine pays tribute to the Bright Green Bookshelf at our Charing Cross Road store...

29th December 2016 - 12 Midnight George Hamilton-Jones

George, from our flagship shop on Charing Cross Road, recommends five books on cocktails to get us in the party spirit ready for New Year's Eve!

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.

Latest Blog
From Page to Stage - Adapting The Hunting of the Snark
24/07/2017

Garry McQuinn, Producer of The Hunting of the Snark, which opens this week at London's Vaudeville Theatre, describes the journey from page to stage.

#FoylesFive: Celebrating Beer
23/07/2017

Earlier this year, Belgian beer culture finally officially took its rightful place on the World's Intangible Cultural Heritage list, where it now sits in good company with the likes of the French gastronomic meal, Cuban rumba and Spanish flamenco. To celebrate, here is a far from exhaustive selection of some of the beer literature that can help you better appreciate the delicate arts of brewing and drinking beer.

#FoylesFave: Dunkirk
21/07/2017

This month history buffs and film fans are united as they eagerly await Christopher Nolan's portrayal of Dunkirk. Madga from our Birmingham branch reviews the accompanying book.

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