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Excellent. If you went to the Nocturne as well I'm going to be very jealous.

In other book news I was saddened to spot that Wolfson and Tay have closed (again) in Southwark.

Good luck to Foyles though.

Nice shot with the 24 bus. Even if they're rubbish/ not as good at shifting crowds/ have longer dwell times/ too hot etc. they look OK.
Lorenzo beat me to it, as I was also going to say nice picture except for that new bus being in front of the store. Maybe you should have chosen a different photo from your Flick album.I hate the curved back of the bus with no upper rear window. Lets hope if we get a new Mayor he will get rid of them.
I hope to visit the new Foyles Charing Cross store today.
When passing through Waterloo station yesterday I noticed a Foyles store there now.
I thought the inclusion of the 24 was a deliberate reference to something old being 'refreshed' just like Foyles.
It'll be interesting to see what they've done with the inside of the building. I work for the college so knew it quite well. I'm really pleased it's not 100% luxury flats though there are four at the top that went for £millions each. I wonder whether that's the fate that will befall next door. Will have to see. If you want to see the building in its heyday, visit: (includes pics of the late, great Louise Wilson).

If anyone reading the article is relieved to see that another bookshop closing, next time you're thinking of ordering a book go to Foyles or order from - which supports local bookshops. I'm not affiliated, I just don't want to see the whole world owned by Amazon.
Ray's Jazz is always on the list to visit when ever I'm in London.
Thanks for that link Colin. A nice epitaph.

I see one of my photos there (without acknowledgement or link-don't you just love tumblr)
And St. Pancras store closing I hear
That's actually fabulous. I thought I'd never see the day when a book store actually turned into a shopping destination, instead of just curling up to die.

Here in Seattle our local bookstores have been eliminated by B&N. But then B&N curled up and died - so we have no bookstore in my neighborhood at all anymore (even though it's called 'University Village').

In fact the B&N was the most popular store in the village, and regularly was jammed with shoppers. It seemed to me they sold mostly peripheral items like games, cards & gifts. I never recall people just loading up with only books. SO I was astonished when it was closed. Now we just have one more designer furniture store to join the other 3 useless designer furniture stores.

p.s. Photos are a distinct notch up from the old camera. :0)
All the photos were taken with the old camera ;)
I read e-books as well as hardcopy books; I very much hope both have a future together. Foyles are doing a great job and it is so good to see the shop re-born in such a brilliant way, with the feel of the old shop regenerated. It all gives hope for real books. Thanks for the review DG. I also enjoy using the new Routemaster. I find it smoother and generally less uncomfortable than other London buses. I also like its distinctive look. Great picture.
Glad to hear the new Foyles is open. Been a browser there since the days when it was organized by publisher and you had to queue up a few times to actually buy a book. As for the poster from Seattle complaining about B&N in the U Village closing, it was closed due to revenue falling somewhat and a big increase in rent. It was a fine store in its heyday in the mid 90's. Still lots of good bookshops up the hill in the U District. Magus and the UW Bookstore around the Ave and Half Price on Roosevelt. Seattle still has lots of good bookstores. Unlike San Francisco which is now pretty much a desert. Twenty five years ago there were at least a dozen very good large new bookstores in the Bay Area and between 30 and 40 good second bookstores. Now not one single good large bookstore left and maybe five or six good secondhand bookstores remain. As many killed by rent increases as killed by Amazon.
>>"....the largest bookshop to be opened in the UK this century."

Should I infer, then, that it is still not as large as the Waterstones in Piccadilly?

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