[OT] Request for help from UK residents

otheng otheng at kinghenry8.coventry.sch.uk
Fri Jun 23 06:11:27 EDT 2000


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From: Courtney M Eckhardt <cme at MIT.EDU>
To: <dwj at suberic.net>
> I'm hoping all of you wonderful list members who live in the UK can help
> me- my boyfriend is working in London currently for a mutual friend, and
> they have been unable to find any good book stores.  I know there have to
> be lots of them in London, but I'm betting they're hard to find, so I
> thought I'd ask the natives.  I'd love to hear from anyone with any
> suggestions.

Wonderful? Flattery will get you everywhere!

Has he discovered the Charin Cross Road area?  THat has the famous (or
infamous) Foyles, probably the single biggest bookshop in London, though
woefully badly-organised and staffed by a lot of foreign students whose
English can leave much to be desired. Next door is a big Waterstones, a
chain bookshop but this is a pretty good branch. All up and down the Charing
Cross Road are bookshops of different types - secondhand, specialist,
antiquarian. I can spend hours in that area! Then there's "Forbidden Planet"
on New Oford Street, which specialises in fantasy and SF. The Bloomsbury
area, north of New Oxford Street and around the British Museum and
University College/London University Senate House has a lot of bookshops
too - it's still something of a publisher's ghetto - but it's a while since
I've been there. Hope this helps.

Gill
> Courtney
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