Waterstones Piccadilly Is Europe’s Largest Bookshop  – And It’s Getting A Major Revamp

By Martha Davies

9 months ago

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There’s no doubt about it: London is a book-lover’s dream. From charming vintage spots to bars filled with books, you’re never too far away from a bookshop in the capital. But which one is the biggest? You might be surprised to find out that Waterstones Piccadilly is the biggest bookshop not just in London, but in Europe. And, in even better news, it’s undergoing a huge transformation.

Waterstones Piccadilly Is Europe’s Largest Bookshop  – And It’s Getting A Major Revamp

Inside of Waterstones bookshop

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There’s nothing better than whiling away the hours studying the shelves at a good bookshop. You might need quite a lot of time on your hands, though, if you want to get through all the shelves at Waterstones Piccadilly. This snazzy spot is officially the biggest bookshop in Europe, offering a rather astonishing eight miles of books. (For any curious bookworms, Foyles on Charing Cross Road holds eight miles of books, while The Strand bookshop in New York currently holds 18 miles).

Waterstones Piccadilly dates back to the 1930s, and the building is currently undergoing a bit of a makeover. Parts of the first floor have recently been refurbished, and acclaimed English author Zadie Smith was one of the first to grace the spruced-up space when she visited to sign copies of her new book, The Fraud, on 7 September.

 

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The remainder of the first floor and the entirety of the second floor are next on the list to be revamped – keep an eye on Waterstones Piccadilly’s social media for updates.