Monday, July 14, 2014

Bookstores in Oxford and London

I recently traveled to England and had such a great time.  We stayed with a friend in Oxford and then traveled to London and Bath.  Saw Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, British Museum, British Library, Parliament (sat through a few minutes of debate in both the House of Commons and House of Lords), Tower Bridge, etc. Drank a lot of beer in pubs. And went to some bookstores!  

In Oxford, went to Blackwell's, which is an incredible bookstore.

In London:
Waterstone's:  Europe's largest bookstore, eight floors!

Hatchards:  London's oldest bookstore, established in 1797.
Foyles:  On Charing Cross Road since 1906, it's five floors crammed full of wonderful books!
Loved exploring all of these bookstores!  Was so tempted to buy books I already had because of the different covers.  And we were there long enough for me to order and pick up Shimmer by Paula Weston, which came out July 3rd in the UK but doesn't come out in the United States for awhile (there's not even a US release date, I don't think).  Read it on the plane back and loved it!!!!

Posted by:  Pam


  1. I'm so jealous. London is one of the places I promised myself I would go--and probably never leave. I'm glad you had a great time and I can't wait until I'm able to visit some of those fabulous book stores!

  2. Love this post- combines travel adventures with book shops!

  3. WOW. I would love to do a bookstore tour of England! Last time I was there was way before blogging, and though I've always been a reader, I'm not sure I visited any bookstores. Fail on my part! Glad you had such a great time on your trip.

  4. I'm dying to visit Waterstones one day. That and Shakespeare and Co. in France!

  5. Oh how I would love to tour these bookstores!! Thanks for the snapshots!

  6. oooh how cool! So glad you got to do this! 8 levels of books??? I think I would die. Of happiness of course. And I would definitely have brought back a crap ton of books.

  7. Wish I'd known you were going, could have recommended some amazing shops to you! I'm glad you had a great time though and got to visit Waterstones in Piccadilly and Foyles, they are both great!

  8. I just have to say that this is awesome!!! It's great that you got to go to England and also that you got to visit these bookstores. One day I'll get over there. :)