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Last weekend, me and one of my book-loving friends took a trip to London for a few days!

The best thing that we did was visit the View from the Shard! It’s a little bit pricey but boy is it worth the money!

The view from the Shard viewing platform!

The view from the Shard viewing platform!

We decided to go up for the 7.30pm viewing slot, and we’re so glad we did because the light was amazing and it was fairly quiet up there! There was only a small breeze so it wasn’t too windy on the outside platform, and you could still see for miles! It was a boiling hot weekend, so it was nice to be able to have a little breeze up there! I could have happily stayed up there for ages, just staring at the view!

We also went to find a street called Cecil Court, because it was apparently the place where Diagon Alley was filmed for the Harry Potter films, although i’m not sure if it actually was because it didn’t look very familiar. Maybe it was just based on it? Anyway, we discovered that it was full of little independent bookshops!

Cecil Court, London

Cecil Court, London

I’ve never seen so many in one place before!

We also went to the Tower of London, which was insanely packed – it was a glorious sunny Saturday in June though – and we found this huge book which is a ledger full of receipts and things:

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One of our main reasons for visiting was to go to the new Foyles flagship store!

Inside Foyles

Inside Foyles

Inside Foyles

Inside Foyles

We walked into the building and we could smell fresh paint and freshly cut wood! (Kind of reminded me of the Ikea warehouse!) There were so many floors of books! It really is a beautiful and bright new shop!

We didn’t have much time there though: we went in early evening but we realised that we needed to eat before we could focus on books (that’s how hungry we were, that books meant nothing when we were starving!) so we left and went to get dinner up the road, and then came back with only about 20 minutes before closing time at 9pm, when we got kicked out! We ended up walking back to Piccadilly to catch our bus back to the hotel, and realised Waterstones Piccadilly was still open past 9pm so we spent the next hour in there as well! I didn’t buy any books, although my friend bought many!

We also visited a little bookshop/cafe which my friend had discovered and wanted to try. It’s called “Tea and Tattle” and is near to the British Museum. It’s quirky but cute and they do excellent sandwiches, which was great after a long day!

Inside Tea and Tattle

Inside Tea and Tattle

We had a nice little evening snack there before popping into the British Museum and then going on to the Shard. Some of the other customers seemed to be having afternoon tea with cake, and it looked delicious! We’ll definitely go back to try that next time!

It was a good weekend in London, especially as it was really hot and gloriously sunny weather! It was just what I needed!

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While i was in London at the London Book Fair this month, i also did a load of sightseeing in the city as we went for a few extra days.

We did all the usual hotspots, such as Big Ben, the Shard, and Trafalgar Square, but we also had a list of bookshops to visit as well!

Our main choices were Foyles and Waterstones Piccadilly! I think we spent about 5 hours in these shops in total, all in one night! I really love that these shops are open so late, especially with Waterstones Piccadilly being open until about 9pm and having 5 floors of books! We were in book Heaven!

I came out of Foyles with:

The Horologicon - Mark Forsyth

The Horologicon – Mark Forsyth

And i came out of Waterstones Piccadilly with:

2013-04-17 00.07.50“Moranthology” by Caitlin Moran, “Is It Just Me?” by Miranda Hart, “Warm Bodies” by Isaac Marion, and “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky.

Got most of them on special offer so only spent about £30 on all 5, which is good considering 3 of them are hardbacks!

So, i have got lots to reading through in May!

The venerable Foyles bookshop on the west side...

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I thought today i would share some interesting news articles with you today, both based on the literary and publishing world.

The first is on the subject of “talking books”, which on Sunday 7th November turned the grand old age of 75 years old. For those of you who don’t know, this scheme of recording books and newspapers has been in place since the First World War, helping blinded soldiers to be able to read when they couldn’t see. It has been welcomed over the years by many people, and not just those who are blind or have poor eyesight, but also by those who simply prefer to listen than to read. I have to say that it is a great service, and my grandad has been helping keep the “talking newspaper” scheme going in his local area, and has been doing this for a long time. I’m sure many people who depend on these talking books look forward to being able to access what everyone else can see.

For more information, and the article i read, see Sales soar as talking books turn 75.

The second is on a recent article in which the chief executive of the book store Foyles in London says he has never read a book cover to cover.

I find this shocking for someone who is clearly passionate enough about books to work for a bookstore,  and i wonder how many other workers are employed in bookshops who don’t really care enough to read the books they sell.

I myself have tried several times to get a job in a bookshop and many of the applications i have filled in have required me to be passionate about book-selling, and as i have always loved books and even did my first-ever work experience in my local now-deceased Ottakars, i have always wondered why i never managed to get the job. Often i have come across people who don’t care about the product they are selling and it does show. You can always tell someone who just does the job for money.

So therefore i think it isnt really acceptable for a bookseller to not care about what they sell, i mean, in some cases it is ok to not to care so much for the product, like if its your first part-time job, but to be an executive of a bookstore and NOT care enough to read books just seems ridiculous to me!

For the article, see The bookseller who doesnt read novels.

I hope you enjoyed this and i hope you have been enlightened!