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London Waterloo Station

London Waterloo Station

Unit 22, Lower Concourse, London Waterloo Station, London, SE1 8SW
Tel: +44 (0)20 3206 2680


Opening hours
Monday - Friday7.00am - 9.30pm
Saturday9.00am - 9.00pm
Sunday10.00am - 6.00pm
Bank Holiday Monday 1st May10.00am - 6.00pm

About This Bookstore

Waterloo now open

At nearly 3000 square feet, our shop in London Waterloo station offers a range of around 15,000 titles, alongside an eclectic range of gifts, stationery and Foyles-branded souvenirs. The shop itself retains elements of the original station design, including two beautifully restored cupola-style ticket booths.

On the ground floor, time-pressed commuters can find new titles and bestsellers, with a focus on Fiction, Children's and Travel, as well as sections covering Art, Biography, Business, Cookery, History, Graphic Novels, Sport and more. Meanwhile, the mezzanine level is home to our full range of Fiction, as well as Crime, Science Fiction, Natural History and Science, offering a bubble of tranquillity amidst the hurly-burly of the UK's busiest railway station.

Our expert booksellers are, as always, on hand to help you find exactly what you're looking for, whether it's a quick read for your commute, a special gift or just help choosing from our broad range.

We look forward to welcoming you through our doors.

In Our Bookstore Now

Book of the month

Tuesday Nights in 1980

Molly Prentiss

The world of Basquiat, Haring and Warhol is in full swing in this astounding novel. Prentiss brings underground Manhattan at the turn of the eighties to life with a cast of wastrels and wannabes, all seeking to make it as New York lurches from intoxicating melting pot to moneyed metropolis. 
A fascinating portrayal of the seedy and sensational world that was pre-gentrification New York, Tuesday Nights in 1980 is also wildly ambitious for a debut and explores several weighty themes; love, creativity, the meaning of art, the loss of innocence.







Staff picks from Foyles Waterloo Station

We've been picking some of our favourite books here at Foyles Waterloo Station. Find faves from booksellers Andrew, Chris, Dan, Inga and Patrizia below.


A Whloe LifeA Whole Life - Robert Seethaler 
A book that manages to poignantly encompass the story of a quietly lived life, of the historical, social and emotional experiences of that life, and how set against that life they are anything but small.  Here the experience of quotidian solitude is beautifully revealed as expansive and epic.













To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf 
The shortest section of this tripartite (Time Passes) is by far its greatest gift. A beautifully cinematic expanse that makes me melt into insignificance every time I read it. I love this book beyond measure.















Strangers Drowning - Larissa MacFarquhar 
The psychology of extreme evil and immorality is well documented; from the seemingly endless studies of Nazi atrocities, to post-crash banker bashing. But what of the opposite? MacFarquhar explores some fascinating philosophical questions. Are your family more important than strangers? Does charity work? Are ‘do-gooders’ just as harmful as the wicked?













Don't Let Me Be LonelyDon't Let Me Be Lonely - Claudia Rankine 
Written in the shadow of 9/11, Rankine's stunning prose explores the personal and political consequences of societal unrest. As relevant today as it was then.















The Periodic TableThe Periodic Table - Primo Levi 
I am fastidious about the condition of books, but with this one I couldn't help turning over the corners of pages, marking sections to re-read and memorise. I always ask myself how someone could read this and not become a better person, the narrator is my best friend, someone I could listen to for hours, and would sometimes love to hug.













All the books featured above are available to reserve instore, simply click on the links and choose to Click and Collect from the Waterloo Station shop.





Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc.

To celebrate the release of Homo Deus, we’ve got plenty of related titles for anyone who has already devoured Yuval Noah Harari’s masterful books. 
From Guns, Germs & Steel, Jared Diamond’s classic history of biogeography and human advancement to Adventures in the Anthropocene, Gaia Vince’s prize-winning exploration of what we have done to the environment and how we can repair it.
Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc is sure to have something for anyone searching for the whys and hows of the past and the future.








Latest Blogs

28th February 2015 - 12 Midnight Emily Brown

Each of our shops is currently featuring a display of books by and about great women, to mark International Women's day on 8th March. Emily, from our Waterloo branch, explores the wealth of recent fiction for younger readers that offers inspirational role models for the next generation of young women.

7th February 2015 - 12 Midnight Kat Hacheney

On the first anniversary of the opening of our Waterloo Station shop, bookseller Kat Hacheney looks at why this oasis of culture and calm has become a destination as much as it has a stop on the journey.

15th April 2014 - 12 Midnight Joshua Piercey

While Westerns remain popular in America, they have largely fallen out of favour with British readers. This is a great pity, suggests Joshua from our Waterloo branch, as they are missing out on some wonderful fiction, both classic and contemporary.

15th February 2014 - 12 Midnight Joshua Piercey

Joshua, from our new shop at Waterloo, recalls the labour-intensive process of getting the shop ready for its first day and explains why the shop means as much to him as it does to the many travellers who've already discovered this new oasis of calm in Britain's busiest station.

Latest Blog
Tom Fort asks which Writer Best Depicted the Reality of the English Village

Tom reviews some much-loved novels set in English villages and asks where we go for the most realistic depiction.

Philippa Gregory Looks Back on Thirty Years of Writing Historical Fiction

Read an extract from Philippa Gregory's Foreword to the 30th anniversary edition of her first published novel, Wideacre.

Foyles' Find Your Way Through ... Depression

How the tv series 13 Reasons Why and Prince Harry's revelations about his own mental health have both sparked important debates about teen wellbeing.

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