After a fab weekend in London it was time to head home. We got the tube back to Ealing Broadway and made a quick visit to the store there. It’s quite a small store in a modern shopping centre.
Ealing is a lovely part of West London, with a great mix of shops, bars and restaurants of every imaginable type of cuisine. We have eaten in the @ Thai Canteen, and had a lovely meal there (although I’ve just looked at their food hygiene rating, and… )
Inside the store at Piccadilly isThe Russian Book Shop, which stocks around 5,000 Russian language titles, and books about Russia. Although not in a separate building, I thought it deserved its own (albeit very short) entry!
This was our last day in London on this trip before heading back to Ealing for our journey home, and we had booked to go down the huge slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit at the Olympic Park. It was awesome! There was a fairly long queue (we had booked) and the slide only takes about 40 seconds, but it was great fun!
We then headed to Piccadilly to visit Waterstones flagship store and, according to their website, Europe’s largest book shop. The Art Deco building, which was built in 1936, was originally a gents’ clothing store called Simpsons and is Grade I Listed. It was thought to be the inspiration for the Grace Brothers store in Are You Being Served? The store is set over six floors.
Before heading back to our hotel in Ealing, we went to Covent Garden. This is one of our favourite parts of London (although there are so many!). The Waterstones here is like a Tardis – bigger inside than out! According to their website there are three entrances. We only found… and therefore I only photographed… two – oh well, we’ll just have to go back…!
Just look at the outside – gorgeous!
The ‘I ♥ Darcy’ Bag is following me – I saw it in Dorking too. Perhaps it’s a sign…
After leaving here we stopped at Standford’s Travel and Map Bookshop – it’s a great shop, and is worth a visit for the floor in the basement alone!
Before heading back to our hotel after walking over 10 miles and visiting parts of London we hadn’t been to before, we made time for a quick trip to Waterstone’s inTottenham Court Road.
Set over three floors, this stores was opened in 2015 and has a pop-up cinema and a bar in the basement! It has an industrial feel about it, with metal structural beams, concrete posts and exposed lighting cables – it works!
After a quick drink at the o2 Arena, we left the Greenwich area and headed towards Fitzrovia/Bloomsbury area where we were to take part in thepub crawllater that evening. We headed to Gower Street to the Waterstones there. Originally it was Dillon’s bookshop and was bought by Una Dillon in 1936. It is a simply stunning building.
These are just a selection of the photos I took here. I definitely want to go back when I have more time – such an amazing store!