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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)
May Bank Holidays11.00am - 8.00pm
CaféThe Café closes 45 minutes before the shop.
Café ClosureThe Café will be closed between 8th and 18th May for essential repair work.

About This Bookstore

Essential Maintenance Work on Level 3

From 17th May, please forgive our appearance on Level 3 while we undergo essential maintenance work. Some areas will be inaccessible while we repair the last of the damage following last year's flood. If you can't find the title you're looking for, please speak to a bookseller who will endeavour to locate it for you. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

How To Find Us

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.

 

Venue Hire Banner, Foyles Charing Cross Road

In Our Bookstore Now

Penguin x Foyles

Penguin x Foyles

Following on from last year's hugely popular takeover, our flagship Charing Cross Road shop has once again devoted its entire central atrium (and windows, and display tables) to a record number of Penguin books.

We've got some great new books (check out Michael Pollan on the history and future of psychedelics) and rediscovered classics (like the 1961 Lagos-set Jagua Nana) alongside perennial bestsellers (still not read Why We Sleep?)—with a special focus on their stellar paperback non-fiction, adorned with iconic orange spines. So head instore and browse some of the best contemporary publishing—or, if you can't make it, take a look at some of our favourites below!

 

Penguin x Foyles atrium photographPenguin x Foyles Table Photograph

 

From Bacteria to Bach by Daniel C Dennett

From Bacteria to Bach and Back

A fascinating exploration into the evolution of the mind. Drawing on the ideas of Descartes, Darwin and Dawkins and at times suggesting that regardless of the insights that have been made in the past 200 years into how the mind works it may very well have originated in what is referred to as the “mindless process of natural selection..”. Essential reading for anyone who’s questioning continues amidst such seismic advances into both technology and neuroscience in recent times.

Stephen, Charing Cross Road

No is Not Enough by Naomi Klein

No is Not Enough

If, like me, you’re more than a little scared and angered by the world we find ourselves living in, this book offers something important – hope. Klein starts by setting out how we’ve managed to get here, and the terrifying things we can expect to see over the coming years, but then moves on to set out a coherent, cohesive and holistic set of ideals on which to base a radically different society on. Based on The Leap Manifesto these ideals set out a way that we can live in a truly equal and sustainable world. It is no longer enough to simply say no, it is time to offer something different.    

Lauren, Charing Cross Road

 

Penguin x Foyles Atrium Photograph

 


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 technical@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 technical@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 technical@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 technical@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

Eat, Drink, Run: Bryony Gordon and Fearne Cotton in conversation Eat, Drink, Run: Bryony Gordon and Fearne Cotton in conversation
29th May 2018 7pm - 8pm | 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Signing, Chargeable Event

Journalist and author of Mad Girl Bryony Gordon discusses hitting the road to happiness for her new book Eat, Drink, Run with award winning presenter and author of Happy and Calm Fearne Cotton.

Tales of One City: London New Writers Evening Tales of One City: London New Writers Evening
30th May 2018 7pm - 8pm | 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Signing, Free Event

Join us for a night on the town as we showcase three debut authors each with a fresh take on life in our city.

How Not To Be a Boy: Robert Webb in conversation How Not To Be a Boy: Robert Webb in conversation
31st May 2018 7pm - 8pm | 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Signing, Chargeable Event

We’re proud to welcome award-winning comedian, author and lifelong male Robert Webb for a frank and funny conversation about not living by the rules of masculinity.

Build Your Worst Book Ever! Build Your Worst Book Ever!
1st June 2018 1pm - 2pm | 107 Charing Cross Road Children's Event, Free Event

Build your own picture book at this calamitous story time with illustrator of My Worst Book Ever! Bruce Ingman.

Yoga with Yogi Rakhee Yoga with Yogi Rakhee
4th June 2018 7:45am - 9th July 2018 8:45am | 107 Charing Cross Road Chargeable Event

Yoga at Foyles is back for another 6 week stretch! Kick off your mornings with Yogi Rakhee and her unique style of teaching Superari.

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

26th May 2018 - 12 Midnight

Our Children's Team at Charing Cross Road have selected five of their favourite books to help keep children of all ages entertained this May Half Term.

25th April 2018 - 12 Midnight Gary Perry

With the anniversary of the Carnation Revolution upon us, Gary from our Fiction department shares a few tips for getting to know Portugal better...

9th March 2018 - 12 Midnight Judy Barber

Judy, our Middle Eastern Languages expert here at Foyles, shares her thoughts on the newly translated Frankenstein in Baghdad.

22nd February 2018 - 12 Midnight Gary Perry

Gary from our Fiction Department delights us with a few of his favourite Polish novels.

21st December 2017 - 12 Midnight

Our knowledgeable Languages Department have put together a great selection of books, to help share the magic of reading in every language. Here are their choices for Chinese, Japanese and Arabic.

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