Foyles Charing Cross Road Moving... Next Door

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 86 months ago
Foyles Charing Cross Road Moving... Next Door

Foyles are moving out of their iconic main shop on Charing Cross Road and into the Central St Martin’s School of Art building next door. Central St Martin's is heading for new space in King's Cross this summer, after which the builders will move in to create what's being described as a "purpose-built bookselling space", ready by 2013.

The new Foyles will be spread over three floors and keep the cafe and gallery space. The 'quirky' layout, with its cul-de-sacs and annexes which we always assumed were the product of various expansions over the years, will be sacrificed in the name of "a substantial increase in space at ground floor levels".

We're not concerned about Foyles losing its soul - it has, after all, managed to transfer its character to boxy stores all over town - and look forward to the grand opening with itchy browsing fingers.

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Last Updated 01 March 2011

Mike Hewson

Great to hear that they're keeping the gallery and cafe, but what about Ray's Jazz shop?

Mark Walley

I love Foyles, especially the café, so I'm glad they're keeping all that and it's just moving next door. I hope something good takes over their space. That said, I do think it's gone slightly down hill since the Starbucks in the Borders over the road shut down. Nothing gave you a sense of smug superiority like drinking your nicer, better, cheaper coffee while looking at those people waiting to be served in Starbucks.

Dean Nicholas

"The new Foyles will be spread over three floors and keep the cafe and gallery space."

Does this mean that they're keeping the existing cafe and gallery space? Or that there will be a provision in the new building for a cafe and gallery?

"Nothing gave you a sense of smug superiority like drinking your nicer, better, cheaper coffee while looking at those people waiting to be served in Starbucks."

At least you could get a seat in the Starbucks. It's virtually impossible to find a place in the Foyles cafe.