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From Foyles to Hatchards, slip between the covers of London bookshops
From Foyles to Hatchards, slip between the covers of London bookshops

My geeky teenage years were filled with escapes to this city's bookstores. Most weekends were spent leaning against their bookcases and reading seemingly a little bit of everything, from Russian short stories to picture books about steam trains. I was a nerd, but not in today's hipster-cool way. On a recent visit, I cracked open the cover on some of the city's bookshops, fearful that the age of e-readers had killed my favorite haunts. First up: Foyles (107 Charing Cross Road).The flagship of this six-branch mini-chain opened its shiny multifloored shop in June, relocating from up the street. It has more books than you can shake a Kindle at, plus a cafe, a small art gallery...

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