Europe's largest academic bookstore. Located in the heart of Bloomsbury, our Grade 1 Listed building, described by Pevsner as 'a wild block very elaborately detailed in a restless, flamboyant, Franco-Flemish Gothic style' was designed by Charles Fitzroy Doll in 1908. Originally a row of small shops with houses above, there have been an colourful mix of tenants over the years, including a harness-maker, wallpaper merchant and dealer in poultry and game.
The first bookshop on the site, Dillon's, opened in a small area of the ground floor in 1956. Now half a century later Waterstones occupies the entire five floor building, with over five miles of shelving and 160,000 titles.
The ground floor is devoted to Fiction, Biography, Travel and other areas of general interest, while the other floors hold specialist departments in medicine and sciences, and all areas of the arts and humanities. A unique feature is our secondhand and remainder department stocking many out-of-print and hard to find items. Additionally we offer a buy-back service for students and usually carry a large range of secondhand textbooks. We also have a Costa Coffee shop, a Fopp! store and Ryman's, the stationery specialists, on the lower ground floor.
Over the years Gower Street has played host to a large number of prestigious authors, statesmen, Booker and Nobel prize winners including Mikhail Gorbachev, Desmond Tutu, Peter Ackroyd, and Stephen Jay Gould. We hold small informal events on the shop floor and in the coffee shop, and host larger scale events in outside venues. A recent highlight was a sell-out lecture by Professor Stephen Hawking on A Short History of Time.
Unfortunately you can't ride a steam locomotive up and down Gower Street as Richard Trevithick did in 1802, or worship at the 'Temple of the Occult' at No.99 as was the case early in the nineteenth century, but you can visit one of Europe's most striking bookshops at No. 82!
At Waterstones Gower Street we always have offers in place, which are unique to the business and designed to make studying better value for money.
Please see in store for further details - Terms and Conditions apply.
Manager's choice of the month
Vitamin D (Hardback) by Emma Dexter
Emma Dexter's introductory text offers a critical account of the recent evolution and role of drawing in the art world, and introduces some of the trends, methods and artists included in the book. In the following and largest section of the book (over 300 pages and approximately 500 illustrations), the 100 or more artists are presented in an A to Z order. Some artists are presented on 2 pages, some on 4 pages. About 5 selections of work are reproduced for each artist, along a text written by an author who is a specialist on the artist's work. The 500-word texts are brief surveys of the artist's career to date, and aim at introducing the methods and subject matter at issue in their recent works. A selected list of exhibitions and bibliography also complements the reproductions and text on each artist.
Events this month
A Very Special Event: Colum McCann in conversation with Jon McGregor
WATERSTONE'S GOWER STREET
Thursday, 23 May 2013, 7:00PM
Tickets £5/£3 for Waterstones Cardholders available from the shop
To celebrate the publication of ‘TransAtlantic’, Waterstones Gower Street presents an evening with award-winning authors Colum McCann and Jon McGregor who will be discussing this breathtaking novel that spans four generations of women and continents. It is an epic and engrossing story of slavery, poverty, struggle and survival. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information
Further details: 020 7636 1577
An Evening with Robert Macfarlane and Gareth Evans
The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot
The Studio Theatre – Entrance: RADA Studios, 16 Chenies Street WC1E 7EX
Tuesday, 11 June 2013, 7:00PM
Tickets are £8/£6 for Waterstones Cardholders, available from the shop
Award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane talks to Gareth Evans about the paths he trod in The Old Ways and how they led him to discover unexpected new things. He explores the ghosts that haunt ancient paths and stories of pilgrimage, ritual, people and place. Robert will be signing copies of his books after the talk.
Further details: 020 7636 1577
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Emma Cook, Event Coordinator at Waterstones Gower Street, on The Lying Tongue
This is another superb book from Canongate Books. Its tale of dastardly goings on and mischievous twists and turns keeps you hooked all the way through until you reach a very satisfying ending that leaves you feeling complete! Without giving too much away, the story revolves around a young man whose aim is to write a book. He travels to Venice, where he coincidently becomes an assistant to a reclusive writer called Gordon Crace. Perfect inspiration for that book you might think, but Gordon Crace has no plans to share his literary expertise and past with Adam, who finds the intrigue of all this, just too good a story to pass up on. Is Adam willing to pay the price for his obsession with Crace, in order to gain literary notoriety?