Foyles, the vast and eccentric bookshop on Charing Cross Road, has just moved to spanking new premises next door that make it look like the British answer to Borders. In fact, it all looks just a bit too organised and smart – the charm of the old Foyles was the poor stock control, which meant you could stumble across books that would have been removed from a branch of Waterstones years ago. But does that mean the impressive girth of their food and drink selection has been slimmed down? Not at all. We were impressed to see scores of shelves neatly organised by categories such as Professional Catering, Food History & Writing, Food Magazines, even Rare & Antique. It may not quite give Books for Cooks a run for its money in terms of good curation, but it’s a bookshop you might find yourself lingering in much longer than you anticipated.
Find out more about the new and improved Foyles.
By Guy Dimond