Welcome to
Piccadilly

Waterstones Piccadilly is situated in the heart of London's West End. Now Europe's largest bookshop, it was once home to the renowned department store Simpson's; an admired landmark of London's architecture, and the inspiration for the much-loved television programme 'Are You Being Served'.

Waterstones Piccadilly opened its doors in September 1999 and has eight floors open to the public, six of which are dedicated to books. With 150,000 titles in stock and over eight and a half miles of shelving, you should be able to locate just what you are looking for, and if help is needed our expert booksellers are always on hand.

We offer an extensive account service to all corporate organisations, businesses, schools and universities. Services offered include speed ordering, stock picks, free UK delivery, dedicated accounts team, special events, same day delivery and payment by invoices. Please contact us at: accounts@piccadilly.watertones.com.

We have a dedicated events space that has hosted authors from Germaine Greer to Jasper Fforde and Eoin Colfer to Axel Scheffler and the Gruffalo. In the last few years we have hosted signings for President Clinton, Sir Paul McCartney, David Beckham, Little Britain, and Hillary Clinton. To find out who will be coming in over the next month please see our events.

Whether you want to meet your favourite author, browse for the perfect book or enjoy a cocktail in the 5th View bar.

We hope to see you soon.

Address:

Waterstones, 203 - 206 Piccadilly W1J 9HD

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Events this month

An evening with
Cary Elwes
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Monday, 24 November 2014, 6:30PM
Tickets £5 / £3 available online

Farm Boy, Dread Pirate Roberts and all round Romantic Hero, Cary Elwes will be discussing his book ‘As You Wish – Inconceivable Tales From the Making of Princess Bride.' Come along for this exciting opportunity to hear about one of the most magical films ever, from one of its stars.

Further details: 02078512400


Storytelling Live! Sussex Folk Tales
Michael O'Leary
Sussex Folk Tales

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 7:00PM
This event is free, but please reserve your place by email: Piccadilly@waterstones.com

Tonight we roam the roads of the south where there are thirty different names for the kind of mud you find under foot. We will meet Knuckers, Willocks, Mawkins and Lord Moon of Amberley Swamp. As Michael O’Leary guides us through the hidden horrors of Sussex, watch out, as something terrible is crawling from Crawley to Gatwick. Once seen always remembered. Another spectacular evening with The History Press storytellers.

Further details: 0207 851 2400


Waterstones Piccadilly Christmas Evening!
Thinking About it Only Makes it Worse: And Other Lessons from Modern Life

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 6:00PM - 10:00PM

Our Christmas Extravaganza promises to be even better than years before, with authors spread throughout the shop to sign Christmas presents and to talk about what we all love the most – books! We have carefully curated a large list of authors including David Mitchell, Michel Faber, Malorie Blackman, Charlie Higson, David Kynaston and more. There will be free food and drink aplenty, from Christmas stalwarts like mince pies & mulled wine, to literary cocktails from The Society Club, Soho. Music will be provided by choir & The Bookshop Band.

Further details: 020 7851 2400


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Translating Russian Literature Panel with Rosamund Bartlett, Robert Chandler and Oliver Ready

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Thursday, 27 November 2014, 6:30PM
Tickets are £5 - please visit - http://www.russianartandculture.com/event-translating-russian-literature-roundtable-discussion-waterstones-27-nov/

Supporting Russian Art Week we are thrilled to announce that Waterstones Piccadilly will be host to a discussion of Translating Russian Literature with Russian Art & Culture. More details at www.russianartweek.com

Further details: 0207 851 2400


Into the Darkness with
Tony O'Neill
Black Neon

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Thursday, 27 November 2014, 7:00PM
This event is free but please reserve your place by email piccadilly@waterstones.com

When Irvine Welsh describes a novel as a “pitch black classic slice of neo-noir” it’s time to take notice, so we are thrilled to announce that author Tony O’Neill is here at Piccadilly tonight. Be ready for an evening of black magic, art-house and apocalyptic madness as Tony takes us for a ride into the dark side of America.

Further details: 0207 851 2400


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The William Blake Society - Mapping Golgonooza : Blake’s Spiritual Fourfold London

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Friday, 28 November 2014, 7:30PM
This event is free - please email to reserve your place piccadilly@waterstones.com

Andrea McLean, the visionary cartographer, was commissioned by The Blake Society to create a map of William Blake’s London, charting locations from his life, legacy and visions. The finished four-fold map celebrates Blake’s city and spiritual home, and includes a map of Felpham on the reverse, the village where Blake lived for three years. Andrea will discuss the creative process behind the map, in conversation with the writer Henry Eliot, who compiled its content.

Further details: 0207 851 2400


Cocktails with a Literary Twist - with
Tim Federle
Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails With a Literary Twist

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Monday, 1 December 2014, 7:00PM
This event is free - please join us in the Cafe, Lower Ground floor, Waterstones Piccadilly

The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose; The Last of the Mojitos; Love in the Time of Kahlua Romeo and Julep; A Rum of One's Own… the bookshelves at Waterstones Piccadilly will never be the same again! Come and meet cocktail-maker extraordinaire Tim Federle as he signs copies of Tequila Mockingbird and Hickory Daiquiri Clock, discusses his favourite books and shakes some literature-inspired cocktails – the perfect night out for bar-room bibliophiles.

Further details: 0207 851 2400


Meet
Jimmy Page
Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Tuesday, 2 December 2014, 1:00PM

We’re delighted to host one of the world’s most iconic guitar players, who will be hand stamping his book 'Jimmy Page' with a stamp unique to this event. Access to the queue will be on a first come first served basis. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. The queue will be restricted to a maximum of 250 people. Jimmy Page will hand stamp one copy per person. There will be no opportunity for photography at this event. No merchandise or memorabilia will be signed at this event.

Further details: 02078512400


An Evening with E. Lockhart
E. Lockhart
We Were Liars

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Tuesday, 2 December 2014, 6:30PM
Tickets £5/£3 for Waterstones Cardholders available from www.waterstones.com/tickets or in store, via 02078512400 or email Piccadilly@waterstones.com

Join us for an evening of conversation with the Young Adult novelist E. Lockhart. She will be discussing her newest, and in popular opinion best, book We Were Liars. As well as the fantastic The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks.

Further details: 020 7851 2400


Meet
Russell Brand
Revolution

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Friday, 5 December 2014, 4:30PM

The comedian, actor and author will be signing copies of Revolution and The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Access to the queue will be on a first come first served basis. Russell Brand will sign copies of Revolution and The Pied Piper of Hamelin only. No merchandise or memorabilia will be signed. There will be no opportunity for posed photography. The duration of signing is discretionary. All details subject to change.

Further details: 02078512400


Meet
Russell Brand
Russell Brand's Trickster Tales: The Pied Piper of Hamelin

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Friday, 5 December 2014, 4:30PM

The comedian, actor and author will be signing copies of Revolution and The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Access to the queue will be on a first come first served basis. Russell Brand will sign copies of Revolution and The Pied Piper of Hamelin only. No merchandise or memorabilia will be signed. There will be no opportunity for posed photography. The duration of signing is discretionary. All details subject to change.

Further details: 02078512400


Meet
David Walliams
Awful Auntie

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Saturday, 6 December 2014, 10:30AM
Tickets are free but places are strictly limited and only available here http://bit.ly/1xVcWHE

The number one best-selling children’s author will be signing copies of his hilarious new book Awful Auntie or his new picture book, The First Hippo on the Moon. Unfortunately you cannot book tickets through the shop or on the phone. If you do not have a ticket on the day you will be turned away. Parents/guardians accompanying their children do not need to reserve a ticket. For full information including T&Cs and tickets please visit http://bit.ly/1xVcWHE

Further details: 020 7851 2400


Storytelling Live! Robin Hood
Wendy Dacre, Michael Dacre
Ancient Legends Retold: A Little Book of Robin Hood: The Five Early Ballads

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Tuesday, 9 December 2014, 7:00PM
This event is free, but please reserve your place by email: Piccadilly@waterstones.com

Our Autumn series of myths, legends and tales for grown-ups in conjunction with The History Press storytellers concludes with a classic, as Michael and Wendy Dacre celebrate through story and song the exhilarating life of our greatest outlaw. The original hoodie is revealed in all his dangerous, earthy, satirical and revolutionary glory. Look, he’s behind you.

Further details: 0207 851 2400


An Evening with Peter Firmin and Bagpuss! hosted by Jonny Trunk
The Art of Smallfilms: The Work of Oliver Postgate & Peter Firmin

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Thursday, 11 December 2014, 6:30PM
This event is free but please reserve your place by email: piccadilly@waterstones.com

With unparalleled excitement we welcome you to a very special evening with Peter Firmin, co-creator of iconic children’s TV programmes The Clangers, Ivor The Engine and Bagpuss – and yes, Bagpuss will be here too, along with Emily! Hosted by the one and only Jonny Trunk we will be celebrating the publication of The Art of Smallfilms and – with slices of Battenberg cake - Peter’s birthday!

Further details: 0207 851 2400


Meet
Chris Hadfield
You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Friday, 12 December 2014, 6:30PM

We're delighted to announce that the renowned astronaut and YouTube sensation will be signing copies of You Are Here. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Access to the queue will be on a first come first served basis.

Further details: 02078512400


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Yulia Pylyavskaya

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Saturday, 13 December 2014, 6:30PM - 9:00PM

Yulia Pylyavskaya presents her new book Adventures of a Big girl in a flat City

Further details: 0843 290 8549


Buildings of the 1930s with the C20 Society plus a guided tour of the Simpson Building
100 Buildings, 100 Years

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 6:30PM
This event is free but please reserve your place by email piccadilly@waterstones.com

The Simpson Building, now home to Waterstones Piccadilly, represents 1936 in 100 Buildings 100 Years, a new book by C20 Society. We are celebrating with an illustrated talk by Susannah Charlton on the streamlined and sophisticated architecture of the 1930s - after which Susannah will also be leading a guided tour of the Simpson Building! All welcome!

Further details: 0207 851 2400


An Evening with Peter May
Peter May
Runaway

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 6:30PM
Tickets £5/£3 Waterstones Cardholders available in store, via 02078512400 or email Piccadilly@waterstones.com

Join us for a thrilling evening with the award winning Sunday Times bestselling crime novelist, Peter May. He will be speaking about his new novel 'Runaway.' 'Runaway' is a novel but was inspired by events in Peter’s life when he ran away from home in Glasgow as a teenager in the late 60's to head to the bright lights of London intending to set up a band. But things didn't quite go as planned. Come along to the evening to find out more!

Further details: 02078512400