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Waterstones London - Gower Street

82 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6EQ

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Opening times

  • Monday 08.30 - 21.00
  • Tuesday 08.30 - 21.00
  • Wednesday 08.30 - 21.00
  • Thursday 08.30 - 21.00
  • Friday 08.30 - 21.00
  • Saturday 08.30 - 20.00
  • Sunday 12.00 - 18.00

Contact us

  • Call us on 020 7636 1577
  • Email us at [javascript protected email address]
  • Twitter: @gowerst_books


One of London's most iconic and best-known bookshops, known for its immense academic range alongside a wealth of new and used books on every imaginable subject.

Waterstones Gower Street is Europe's largest academic/specialist range bookshop.

Located in the heart of Bloomsbury, nestled between UCL, Birkbeck and SOAS, our Grade II listed building was designed by Charles Fitzroy Doll in 1908. The first bookshop on the site was the original Dillon's, opened by Una Dillon herself in a small area of the ground floor in 1956.

Today the bookshop occupies the entire five floor building. In the Basement, you’ll find our Second Hand Department containing our most recent rare acquisitions and collections of antique books, as well as our art gallery with regular shows by local artists. Our impressively stocked Art Department can also be found on the lower ground floor.

Our Ground Floor is home to our extensive History, Politics and Travel departments, as well as our Penguin Room, devoted entirely to the original green-, blue- and orange- spine Penguin Paperbacks. Our coffee shop, Dillons, serves Union coffee, a range of pastries and cakes from local bakeries, sandwiches and salads, as well as wine and beer if you’re after something a little stronger.

Our Children’s Department on First Floor has a wide-range of well-loved childhood classics and the best new titles, as well as a window-seat perfect for cosying up with a favourite storybook. An archway fashioned entirely from books leads you into our world class Education Department. You’ll also find Fiction of every genre on our first floor.

The Second and Third Floors are our dedicated academic floors, and aim to stock a comprehensive range of titles across numerous disciplines, including Philosophy, Theology, Science, Maths and Medicine (including stethoscopes, scrubs and skulls).

With freshly brewed filter coffee on every floor, plenty of nooks and crannies for studying and reading, a thriving events programme and five miles worth of new and second hand titles, Waterstones Gower Street is one of Europe’s most exciting bookshops.


Lower Ground Floor
  • Biography, Film, Music, Sport, Film & TV, Archaeology, Transport, Rare & Antiquarian, Ryman's, Cookery, Gardening, Natural History, Health & Wellbeing, MBS & Self-Help, Pregnancy & Childcare, Interiors, Fashion & Design, Photography (inc practical photography), Art
Ground Floor
  • Travel, London, Newspapers & Magazines, Political Texts, History, Military, Dillons Coffeeshop
First Floor
  • Fiction (including 2nd Hand & 1st editions), Childrens', Education
Second Floor
  • Medical (inc stethoscopes, skulls & scrubs), Computing, Chemistry, Physics & Biology, Mathematics, Popular Science & Scientific Biography, Geology, Geography & Urban Planning, Economics, Business, Finance & Accounting, Law, Careers
Third Floor
  • Foreign Languages, EFL, Foreign Literature, English Language & Reference, Linguistics, Literary Criticism, Religion, Greek & Roman Classics, Psychology, Sociology & Social Sciences (inc Research), Study Skills, Philosophy

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