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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 29th 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.

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Book of the month

I Hate the Internet

Jarett Kobek

Described as an ‘American Houellebecq’ by Jonathan Lethem, Jarett Kobek is indeed as vicious, sarcastic and controversial as the French enfant terribles. He is however, far funnier, more human and his angry brand of satire is directed at those with shady influence and veiled power. 
The ‘State of the Nation’ novel is as American as apple pie, big hats and well, Donald Trump, but in I Hate the Internet, the nation is as much the World Wide Web as it is the USA. Kobek has managed to create a thoroughly modern work of fiction that reads as easily as a thriller but says more about the two worlds we inhabit than any Non-Fiction possibly could.







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.


Species of Spaces and Other PiecesSpecies of Spaces and Other Pieces - Georges Perec.

The most playful of experimentalists lets his luminous, kind regard wander across varieties of space and place, the life of a Parisian street, a parachute jump, the ordering of bookshelves; a miscellany of everyday delight.
















The Skin - Curzio Malaparte

It is 1944 and Naples has just been liberated by the Allies after a long period of Nazi occupation. Naples is described as defeated and humiliated despite now being free. Malaparte is tragic yet comic, surreal yet real, cynical yet idealistic; he has surely reproduced in this horrifying book the brutality of war and its aftermath. By no means an easy read, but an unforgettable one nonetheless.














HHhHHHhH - Laurent Binet

Binet will thrill and surprise you countless times in this fast-paced novel based on the only successful strike at the Nazi leadership during the Second World War. The narrative style switches between the heroic exploits of the Czech and Slovak commandos and Binet's own experience of discovering and retelling their incredible fates.














The InterestingsThe Interestings - Meg Wolitzer

What happens to talent over time? What happens to friendships over time? What happens to passion and ideals and dreams over time? Since the first time I read it, “The Interestings” has become one of the books I return to over and over again, both for comfort and for reflection on the way relationships change over the years, and the ways in which they do and don’t survive.














Novel on Yellow Paper


Novel on Yellow Paper - Stevie Smith

Stevie Smith's prose style is as inimitable as her poetic voice: gossipy, opinionated, witty, self-interrupting and wildly digressive. The narrative seems to follow only the narrator's wayward train of thought, but by the end, we feel that we have come to know much about her family, friends and thoughts on everything from friendship versus marriage to Catholicism and Germany in the 1930s.














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.





A Matter of Life and Death

Henry Marsh’s new book Admissions is a fabulous account of the life of a surgeon. As anyone who read Do No Harm will know however; Marsh’s writing touches on so much more than just neurosurgery. To celebrate its publication, we've chosen some of our favourite titles that tackle the big questions of life, health, illness and death.

There's a whole range of wonderful books from the inspirational to the practical; from It’s All in Your Head, Suzanne O’Sullivan’s Wellcome Prize winning study of psychosomatic illness to When Breath Becomes Air, the heart-wrenching but life affirmsing story of the late Paul Kalanithi, Reasons to Stay Alive, Matt Haig’s poignant, but funny account of his fight with depression, to Siddhartha Mukherjee’s genre defying Emperor of All Maladies, a far-reaching chronicle of Cancer.








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
On National Brothers Day, Stuart Heritage Reflects on his Relationship with his Brother, Pete

On National Brothers Day, Stuart Heritage reflects on fraternal dynamics, how he came to write about the 'whirlwind of aggressive single-mindedness' that is his brother Pete and how their relationship is reflected by that of brothers everywhere.

Simon Edge on Why it’s Time for A Hopkins Revival

Simon Edge explains why the time is right for a Gerard Manley Hopkins revival.

#FoylesFive: Japanese Literature

Jen from the Web Team shares some her favourite Japanese books.

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