Waterstones London - Gower Street

82 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6EQ

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Opening times

Open until 21.00 today
Saturday 2nd Mar
08.30 - 21.00
Sunday 3rd Mar
12.00 - 18.00
Monday 4th Mar
08.30 - 21.00
Tuesday 5th Mar
08.30 - 21.00
Wednesday 6th Mar
08.30 - 21.00
Thursday 7th Mar
08.30 - 21.00
Friday 8th Mar
08.30 - 21.00
Saturday 9th Mar
08.30 - 21.00
Sunday 10th Mar
12.00 - 18.00
Monday 11th Mar
08.30 - 21.00

Contact us

  • Call us on 0207 636 1577
  • Email us at [javascript protected email address]
  • X: @gowerst_books
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Waterstones Gower Street is Europe's largest new and second hand bookshop, with enormous academic/specialist range – home to an award-winning events programme, Dillon's coffee shop and vinyl store Gower Records

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. With 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.

We are proud to be one of Waterstones’ exciting new Arts & Crafts Flagships, boasting a wide range of supplies and materials for creating diverse and accomplished artistic projects.

In the Basement, the Gower Street Gallery hosts our award-winning programme of events, alongside regular shows by artists. Newly-opened Gower Records is our vinyl-only record shop carrying both new and second-hand stock, covering a broad variety of genres from '70s punk through to contemporary pop and classic Brazilian tropicalia.

Our Second Hand Department contains our most recent rare acquisitions and collections of antique books alongside an impressively stocked Art and Design department.

Our Ground Floor is home to our extensive History, Politics and Travel departments, as well a huge range of original green-, blue- and orange- spine Penguin Paperbacks. Our coffee shop Dillons Cafe, 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, Languages Theology, Science, Maths and Medicine (including stethoscopes, scrubs and skulls).

We have significantly expanded our games offer and are one of Waterstones’ Games Flagships, with shelves packed with all types of board games and card games, from family and party games to strategy games and logic and deduction puzzles. Our passionate games enthusiasts will help you to find your next favourite game.


  • Gower Street Gallery (events), Art Supply Shop, Film, Music, Film & TV, Second Hand, Rare & Antiquarian, Fashion & Design, Photography, Art, Design, Architecture, Ryman's stationers,
Ground Floor
  • History, Gower Records vinyl shop, Roman and Greek classics, London, Cards and Gifts, Dillons Coffeeshop
First Floor
  • Fiction, Crime, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Manga, Graphic Novels, Literary Criticism, Essays, Classics, Kids'
Second Floor
  • Cookery, Biography, Sport, Health, Mind Body Spirit, Gardening, Nature, Travel, Transport, Popular Science, Environment, Reference, Business, Economics
Third Floor
  • Medical, Computing, Social Sciences, Cultural and Media Studies, Gender Studies, Race Studies, Psychology, Counselling, Teacher Education, Law, Religion, Philosophy, Politics, Education, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, Linguistics, Learning English, Languages

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