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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.
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If Narnia was always winter and never Christmas before the humans arrived, then London's Southbank has been always winter and never Spring until now.
The green leaves are late but at least the sun is daring to show its face and the extra evening light means more folk are dropping into Foyles as they stroll along the river.
The end of a seemingly endless winter brings thoughts of holidays to the fore, and it is always wise to immerse oneself in the culture of a destination.
To that end, our Spring Breaks promotion includes travel writing and classic movies alongside travel guides to five great cities. So you can visit Berlin in the company of Christopher Isherwood, Istanbul via Midnight Express and explore Paris psycho-geographically with Edmund White's seminal book The Flaneur.
Any season is good for reading of course and the latest edition of Granta includes their renowned list of Best Young British Novelists, which we celebrate in a 3 for 2 range of previous entrants, including Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie, Will Self and Graham Swift.
Our Spring Reading 3 for 2 paperback selection continues into May, and includes diverse offerings such as Elif Shafak's Honour, a stunning reflection on an immigrant culture lost in translation, Susan Cain's hymn to introverts, Quiet, and Irvine Welsh's prequel to his bestseller Trainspotting, Skagboys.
Speaking of bestsellers, we are bracing ourselves for the 14th of this month when Dan Brown's latest blockbuster Inferno hits the shelves. Expect another dose of Dr Robert Langdon cracking mysterious codes and delving into ancient intrigue, this time based around Dante's Inferno.
If historical thrillers tickle your fancy, then check out our Secret Histories promotion, featuring the likes of Brighton Rock, Rebecca and Mr Y.
As The Rest is Noise festival enters The Jazz Age, Baz Luhrman's film of The Great Gatsby is set for release too, and interest in the movie should introduce a slew of new readers to the books of F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Beyond his most famous work and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, there is The Beautiful and Damned, Tender is the Night, The Last Tycoon and his short-story volume Flappers and Philosophers to get stuck into.
Look out too for the London Literature Festival happening all around us in the Southbank Centre later this month.
The impressive 2013 line-up includes Melvyn Bragg, Jarvis Cocker, Tadeusz Rozewicz with Tom Paulin and a multi-author commemoration of Sylvia Plath's Ariel, as well as interactive workshops on wordplay, poetry, translation, graphic novels and bees!
Finally, it is always nice to relax with a book, a cuppa and a cake, and baking is all the rage when it comes to television cookery shows, yet all that cream and sugar is not exactly what the doctor ordered!
There is no need to pile on the pounds when you bake so we have created a range of healthy titles for your perusal in our Love, Bake, Nourish promotion. Bon appetit!