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Foyles Pins Hopes On Old-fashioned Books With New Literary Temple

Posted at 6:26AM Friday 06 Jun 2014

Light streams down from rooftop windows on to a spacious white-walled atrium catching the edge of a 1930s dancefloor like a spotlight. It's a huge change of scene for Foyles, London's temple of books, which was once famed for dark forbidding bookshelves and a payment system so arcane that many visitors chose to steal rather than buy their favoured paperback.

The bookstore may be moving less than 100 metres down the street to the former St Martins School of Arts building, but after 85 years in its labyrinthine premises on Charing Cross Road it marks a significant step in the revival of a cultural institution.


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