I love bookshops. I love the smell of books, I love holding a book in my hands, I like the knowledge they provide. I am aware of most bookshops in the London area, so it takes something special to really blow my mind. That was until I went into the Waterstones on Gower Street.
Being that it is a chain store, I have on occasion walked past the shop, but never entered - mainly because I didn't think it would offer anything different to the Waterstones I already knew and frequented .... how wrong I was!
Again, mainly to escape the rain, I found myself entering the doors to Waterstones in Gower Street, and feeling my breath get taken away by the sight of what was inside. To say this place is huge is an understatement. It is actually Europe's largest new and second-hand bookshop, and all are housed within a building that looks like it came straight from the set of Harry Potter.
Over 5 cavernous floors, you can find a gallery, Gower Records (a vinyl-only record shop), a cafe and of course, 5 floors of books covering everything from mainstream to academic, new to second-hand and even antique.
To describe everything that you can find in this Waterstones would be defeating the object and more importantly, impossible to do. It is quite simply a bookshop made for adventure - so go have a look for yourself - it may change the way you feel about books forever.