About This Bookstore
Nearest Underground Station: Waterloo. Orientation - follow signs to the Royal Festival Hall from whichever exit taken from Waterloo station.
Opened in June 2005 our Royal Festival Hall branch sits right on the riverside in the heart of the Southbank Centre. Open from 10am-10pm every day, it offers the perfect destination whether you’re attending a concert or event, or simply enjoying the delights of the area. We stock a broad range of subjects from fiction, literature and poetry to philosophy, biography, science, cookery, health, graphics, art, travel, London guides and children's titles. In the summer months you can while away the hours lounging in a deckchair on our lawn, reading your favourite book or just watching the world go by. We also run a bookstall at all the Southbank Centre’s Literary events and frequently have available signed copies by many of the authors appearing , as well as holding our own signings in-store, with recent authors ranging from Michael Palin to Terry Pratchett and Ngugi wa Thiong’o.
In Our Bookstore Now
On 3 for 2 this month we have a selection of some of Mexico's finest writers of both fiction and non-fiction, as well as cookery books for those who have mastered the fajita and want to get a little more adventurous!
Every May, Southbank Centre celebrates the best art and culture coming out of South Asia and the UK in their Alchemy festival. Here at Foyles Royal Festival Hall we're joining in by showcasing some of the best writing from the region. Books like India Rising and Behind the Beautiful Forevers will give you a sense of India's recent history, whilst novels such as Kamila Shamsie's A God in Every Stone really showcase the literary talent that's coming out of South Asia today.
You know what makes a guilty pleasure more pleasurable? Stop feeling guilty about it! So let's stop hiding these exciting books under copies of The Economist and start reading them proudly on the train. No one should feel guilty about what they read, particularly when it's something as juicy and exciting as the likes of The Outlander.
Your Examined Life
The practice of mindfulness is becoming more and more prevalent in the western world, with its exercises helping people become aware of their thoughts and feelings and manage their emotions better. Our selection provides an introduction to the concept and methods of mindfulness, alongside inspirational quotes and School of Life's themed philosopher notebooks.
Sit Down for Stand Up
Some of the funniest men and women in this country have, at one time or another, sat down and written a novel and you'd be surprised at how well their talents on-stage translate to the page! Some of these books are perfect distillations of what makes them such beloved figures, like Dawn French's Oh Dear Silvia, while others are surprisingly serious fare like Ben Elton's Two Brothers.
Staff Picks - Zen
Each month a member of our staff here at Foyles Royal Festival Hall is picking a selection of their favourite books. This month it's the turn of the lovely Zen, who's been a bookseller at this shop since we opened!
George, Timmy, Julian, Anne, and Dick have been around for seventy-three years now, and these editions - each one illustrated by a different beloved children's illustrator - make them seem as new and exciting as the day they were written.
It's holiday season and our selection of graphic portraits of cities and guides to some of the coolest places in the world is sure to inspire the traveller in you!