Bookstores closing on Charing Cross Road, London, WC2.Today you can browse more than , titles. Show on map. Quinto Bookshop deals in second-hand, antiquarian, and rare books. For the dedicated fangirl or boy, Gosh! Comics carries a range of graphic novels that will make your eyes pop out of your head. From 30, Round trip. One of the best ways to explore a new destination is by car.
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Charing Corpse Road Report by urban75 editor, Feb Money-grabbing landlords are destroying one of London's most famous streets, replacing long-established, small independent bookshops with bland, faceless shops. Charing Cross Road is world famous for its second hand and specialist bookshops - in fact there's even been a film and a book about the street, 84 Charing Cross Road But all that looks to change as greedy landlords look set to put the bookstores out of business with punitive rent increases.
It is so called because it leads from the north in the direction of Charing Cross at the south side of Trafalgar Square , which it connects via St Martin's Place and the motorised east side of the square. The development of Regent Street parallel to the west in the midth century coincided with not only the building up of great fields west of the area but also Westminster Bridge which was built as central London and the wider estuary's second bridge after more than a century of pressure, in These pressures therefore congested the north-south axis of the inner West End almost as much as the relieved London Bridge area. The two streets and others such as the Thames Embankment , Northumberland Avenue and the Kingsway - Aldwych superstructure were built to improve traffic flow through central London. The new road met the disapprobation of Mervyn Macartney who said of it in an article: "Perhaps the worst is Charing Cross Road. It has no beginning and no end. Amorphous, hideous in its tortuous course, it is a monument of the ineptitude, parsimony, and incompetence of its creators.
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The new Foyles flagship at Charing Cross Road houses a range of over , different titles on four miles 6. With 37, square feet of retail space, spread across eight alternating foot-plates over four floors, it is the largest bookshop to have opened in the UK so far this century.
Almost a decade ago, I stumbled out of academia and found myself working at Quinto , an independent bookshop opposite the British Museum in London. It had recently been refurbished but the layout of the shop was as eccentric as the titles getting sun-bleached in the front window a copy of A History of Phallic Worship , anyone? Downstairs, in the rarities room near the sci-fi and fantasy corridor, one of the tall shelves doubled as a door; it would swing open eerily upon the pressing of a plastic buzzer hidden behind some dusty old tome. There was nothing special in the room beyond it — just cobwebs, a few boxes sent over from head office in Hay-on-Wye — but its existence seemed to me to epitomise the character of the shop: in its best moments, it was as much a cabinet of curiosities as a place of business. Its parent branch on Charing Cross Road, also called Quinto, had been selling second-hand and rare books for decades.