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01 November 2010 | By: Rachel Holdsworth

Biblio-Text: Foyles @ One New Change

Continuing our amble round London's independent bookshops

Foyles may be known for its massive Charing Cross Road branch, but they've sneaked the brand into One New Change with a little baby store. (They're calling it a 'Booktique'. Um.) Tucked away on the first floor, next to North Face, it went from bare walls to fully stocked and gleaming in 10 days.

It holds about 8,000 titles and, rather than cram it full of crime bestsellers and copies of Stephen Fry's latest, they've held true to the Foyles ethos and come up with an eclectic blend. So, there's four stacks of business books but two of popular science, cookery and poetry and a wall of fiction. Obviously there's never going to be as much depth or browsing choice as the Daunt five minutes away on Cheapside, but you know each book has been chosen with care and has the weight of Foyles wisdom behind it.

They're open 7 days a week and, if there's enough customer encouragement, they may start pulling up the shutters much earlier than 10am. Just let them know if that's what you want.

Foyles at One New Change, EC2. Images author's own. Know a good bookshop? Email us at londonist (@) gmail.com.


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Adrian

This is ace. I'm thoroughly impressed by such maps. I sometimes can't believe how lazy some people are (myself included, sadly) taking tube or bus for what is essentially a short walk.

Martin

This reminds me of a quote from the American Comedian Steven Wright:
"Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time."

Daniel Florêncio

Hi M@,
Good interview, and a great idea from these guys... Im actually looking for their contact for a story for Current TV (www.current.tv),
I wonder if you could give me their contacts (email, phone number, whatever you have)... It'd be much appreciated! :)
Thanks a lot dude,
Best,
Daniel

Daniel Florêncio

Btw, my email is: daniel@danielflorencio.com
Thanks!

Shortwak Team

Hi, everyone,
Just to thanks to all of your commons and concern about our idea.
We are running on new ideas and will keep everyone inform for updates.
Shortwalk Team

DeanN

On my brief visit they didn't appear to sell magazines or periodicals, which would be the main reason I'd go there (then again I work within walking distance of the Foyles in the Southbank Centre, so I'm well-suppiled when it comes to McSweeneys, et al).

DeanN

On my brief visit they didn't appear to sell magazines or periodicals, which would be the main reason I'd go there (then again I work within walking distance of the Foyles in the Southbank Centre, so I'm well-suppiled when it comes to McSweeneys, et al).