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 Chris Ewan and James Carol
Chris Ewan
Dead Line

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Thursday, 24 April 2014, 6:30PM
This event is free but please reserve your place by email: piccadilly@waterstones.com

Join us for a dark evening of readings and discussions about thriller-writing with authors Chris Ewan whose book Dead Line is his follow-up to the excellent debut Safe House and James Carol whose Broken Dolls inaugurates a new crime series.Blood red wine will be served...

Further details: 0207 851 2400


An afternoon with
Peter Lovesey
The Stone Wife - Peter Diamond Mystery 14

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Friday, 25 April 2014, 2:00PM
This event is free, but please register your place by email: piccadilly@waterstones.com

Come to meet crime writer Peter Lovesey who will be telling us all about his new novel, The Stone Wife, in which Peter Diamond, the head of the murder investigation unit, finds himself sharing an office with the Wife of Bath - well a medieval carving of her anyway. The plot can only thicken...

Further details: 0207 851 2400


WordFactory Masterclass with
Nicholas Royle
First Novel

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Saturday, 26 April 2014, 1:30PM - 4:30PM
Details below; please register at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-word-factory-22-masterclass-tickets-11214086635

IN THE BEGINNING. A rare chance to work with this renowned short story writer and editor in an intensive three-hour masterclass. He will talk about how he chooses the Best British short stories and also focus on beginnings: how to ensure your reader is gripped from the very first paragraph. Tickets £60 plus free entry to Word Factory Salon

Further details: 0207 851 2400


Word Factory’s Salon with AL Kennedy, Nicholas Royle & KJ Orr
All the Rage

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Saturday, 26 April 2014, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Details below, please register at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-word-factory-22-masterclass-tickets-11214086635

A warm welcome awaits at our April salon in the company of three outstanding authors: performer and writer AL Kennedy – reading and in conversation about her writing with Cathy Galvin. Nicholas Royle and KJ Orr will join us, reading from new work. Book to secure your place and a free glass of wine. Tickets £12/£8 concessions

Further details: 0207 851 2400


An evening with
Bill Granger
Bill's Italian Food

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Monday, 28 April 2014, 6:30PM
Tickets £5 / £3 Waterstones Cardholders including a glass of wine or soft drink, available in store or via 020 7851 2400

The restaurateur and food writer will be discussing his latest gastronomic offering Bill's Italian Food!

Further details: 020 7851 2400


Wilfred Owen: Great War Poet
Guy Cuthbertson
Wilfred Owen

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Tuesday, 29 April 2014, 6:30PM
This event is free but please reserve your place by email: piccadilly@waterstones.com

As part of this year’s commemoration of World War I here at Waterstones Piccadilly, we are honoured to announce that Guy Cuthbertson will be here to discuss the life and work of Great War poet Wilfred Owen. Guy’s recent biography interweaves the personal and the contextual, giving us readers an even greater understanding and recognition of the power, emotional resonance and depth of meaning in Owen’s work. This will be a fascinating and insightful evening.

Further details: 0207 851 2400


Writing the City: St Petersburg
Vanora Bennett
Midnight in St Petersburg

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Wednesday, 30 April 2014, 7:00PM
This event is free, but please reserve your place by email: piccadilly@waterstones.com

The inaugural event in our Writing the City series here at Waterstones Piccadilly focuses on St Petersburg and we are delighted to introduce Vanora Bennett whose novel Midnight in St Petersburg is steeped and suffused with the city, its history and characters. Come and meet Vanora who will be talking about her fascination for ‘the Venice of the North’ and how it has shaped her writing.

Further details: 0207 851 2400


Chai: The Experienceo of Indian Tea
Rajan Kapoor, Rekha Sarin
Chai: The Experience of Indian Tea

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Thursday, 1 May 2014, 4:00PM - 6:00PM
This event is free but please reserve your place by email: piccadilly@waterstones.com

You are cordially invited to the book launch of Chai: The Experience of Indian Tea followed by an exclusive tea demonstration by Mr Stephen Twining in Café W on the lower ground floor at Waterstones Piccadilly.

Further details: 0207 851 2400


An evening with Jo Nesbo and Liz Pichon
Jo Nesbo, Liz Pichon
Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder: The End of the World. Maybe.

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Thursday, 1 May 2014, 6:30PM
Tickets £5/£3 Waterstones Cardholders are available from Waterstones.com/tickets

The International bestseller and author of the Doctor Proctor Fart Powder series joins the award-winning Tom Gates author for one night only to talk fun and frolics, with journalist and writer, Damian Kelleher.

Further details: 020 7851 2400


An evening with Jo Nesbo and Liz Pichon
Jo Nesbo, Liz Pichon
A Tiny Bit Lucky - Tom Gates 7

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Thursday, 1 May 2014, 6:30PM
Tickets £5/£3 Waterstones Cardholders are available from Waterstones.com/tickets

The International bestseller and author of the Doctor Proctor Fart Powder series joins the award-winning Tom Gates author for one night only to talk fun and frolics, with journalist and writer, Damian Kelleher.

Further details: 020 7851 2400


Classic London Fiction - Lost and Found
John King, Martin Knight
There Ain't No Justice

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Wednesday, 7 May 2014, 7:00PM
This is a free event but please register your place in store or via piccadilly@waterstones.com

To mark the release of their tenth London Classics title, author-publishers Martin Knight and John King discuss There Ain’t No Justice by James Curtis – and its place in a list dedicated to the revival of a dismissed tradition of working-class London fiction.The London Classics are vibrantly-written and socially-ware, the work of mavericks and idealists such as Curtis, Gerald Kersh, John Sommerfield, Robert Westerby and Simon Blumenfeld.

Further details: 02078512400


Street Art and/or Fine Art
Ingrid Beazley
Street Art Fine Art: Dulwich Outdoor Gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Thursday, 8 May 2014, 7:00PM

Join Ingrid Beazley for a fascinating discussion of the boundaries and cross-overs between the traditional categorizations of Fine Art and Street Art. Interweaving the old masters from the Dulwich Picture Gallery collection with re-interpretations by today's most cutting-edge street art provocateurs - this will mark a fundamental challenge to our established notions of art in the twenty-first century.

Further details: 0207 851 2400


The London Salon: Brick Lane, A Magic Lantern Show
Phil Maxwell
Brick Lane

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Wednesday, 14 May 2014, 7:00PM
This event is free, but please register your place by email piccadilly@waterstones.com

Photographing daily on Brick Lane for thirty years, Phil Maxwell captures the breadth and detail of the sometimes dramatic, othertimes subtle transformations in the life and culture of the East End over a generation. This evening offers an extraordinary insight into London, Brick Lane and Phil’s compelling vision of social change.

Further details: 020 7851 2400


The London Salon: London in the First World War
Jerry White
Zeppelin Nights: London in the First World War

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Monday, 19 May 2014, 7:00PM
This event is free but please register your place by email: piccadilly@watertsones.com

Historian Jerry White’s new book illuminates the horror of war as played out in the capital, the dramatic changes it brought both immediately and long-term and the intrinsic determination and character of Londoners. This evening’s talk and discussion will be a fascinating insight.

Further details: 0207 851 2400


An Evening with
Tim Butcher
The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Wednesday, 21 May 2014, 6:30PM
Tickets £5/£3 Waterstones Cardholders available in store, via 02078512400 or piccadilly@waterstones.com

On a summer morning in Sarajevo a hundred years ago, a teenage assassin fired not just the opening shots of the First World War but the starting gun for modern history by killing Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Join us for an evening with celebrated author of ‘Blood River’ and ‘Chasing the Devil’ Tim Butcher as he discusses his newest title 'The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin who Brought the World to War' which delves into this story and illuminates our understanding of Princip and the places that shaped him.

Further details: 02078512400


Meet
Karl Ove Knausgaard
Boyhood Island

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Friday, 23 May 2014, 6:30PM

The bestselling Norwegian author will be signing copies of the exhilarating and terrifying 'Boyhood Island' the third book of the 'My Struggle' cycle.

Further details: 020 7851 2400


An evening with
Siri Hustvedt
The Blazing World

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Wednesday, 28 May 2014, 6:30PM
Tickets £5 / £3 Waterstones Cardholders, available in store or via 020 7851 2400

The internationally acclaimed author of What I Loved will be discussing her new novel The Blazing World with journalist Alex Clark.

Further details: 020 7851 2400


The Last of the D-Day Liberators
Robin Savage
D-Day - the Last of the Liberators: Some of the Last Veterans of the Normandy Landings Retrace Their Steps Seventy Years Later

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Wednesday, 28 May 2014, 7:00PM
This event is free, but please reserve your pace by email: piccadilly@waterstones.com

In recognition of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, we are proud to welcome some of the D-Day veterans here at Waterstones Piccadilly to celebrate the publication of D-Day: The Last of the Liberatorsby Robin Savage with an introduction by Max Arthur, which portrays the veterans as they retrace their steps in Normandy seventy years on. Please join us to meet these incredible men.

Further details: 0207 850 2400


An Evening with
Sir John Hegarty
Hegarty on Creativity: There are No Rules

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Thursday, 29 May 2014, 7:00PM
This event is free, but please reserve your place by email: piccadilly@waterstones.com

We are delighted to welcome you to an evening with Sir John Hegarty who will be discussing his new book Hegarty on Creativity. Join Sir John, the founding Creative Partner of Bartle, Bogle Hegarty (BBH), as he explores the themes that lie at the heart of creative thinking.

Further details: 0207 851 2400


An Evening with
Emma Healey
Elizabeth is Missing

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Thursday, 5 June 2014, 6:30PM
Tickets free but please reserve your place in store or via 02078512400 or piccadilly@waterstones.com

Join us for an evening with an exciting new voice in fiction and ex-Waterstones employee Emma Healey. Emma will be discussing her first novel Elizabeth is Missing.

Further details: 02078512400


An Evening with
Patrick Hicks
The Commandant of Lubizec

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Thursday, 19 June 2014, 7:00PM
Tickets £5/£3 Waterstones Cardholders available in store, 02078512400 or piccadilly@waterstones.com

Nearly seventy-five years after the Nazis invaded Poland and transported millions of Jewish people to ghettos, concentration camps, and death camps, research continues to unearth previously unreleased stories about Holocaust-era Europe. In his first novel, author Patrick Hicks combines these accounts, along with years of experience researching and visiting the sites of these death camps, into a fictional story of a death camp that never actually existed but easily could have.

Further details: 02078512400


An evening with Rainbow Rowell
Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Monday, 14 July 2014, 6:30PM
Tickets £5/£3 Waterstones Cardholders are available from Waterstones.com/tickets

The New York Times bestselling author will be talking about and signing copies of her highly acclaimed novels, Fangirl and Eleanor & Park.

Further details: 020 7851 2400