Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)  

 
 
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1 Ludgate Circus, City, London EC4M 7LW
 
 
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Waterstone's, one of the largest high street booksellers in the UK, is a relative newcomer on the block. It first opened in Old Brompton Road, London, in 1982 and now its flagship store resides at what used to be Simpson’s of Piccadilly - the iconic menswear department store. It’s winning formula is the 3 for 2 offers, endless supply of current pulp fiction and the sheer mass of books on the miles of shelves. It’s a formula that has the purists - and plenty of authors - shaking their heads and, in extreme cases, inciting boycotts. With more than 300 stores on our high streets it is difficult to avoid this giant. However when you want to pop in for a beach read, to stock up on your university reading list or the latest biography it couldn’t be more comfortable or convenient.

 

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Crowne Plaza London The City
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £107  34% off
19 New Bridge Street, EC4V | 2 minutes from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
Located in the very heart of the Square Mile, Crowne Plaza London The City is a newly renovated hotel set on the site of Henry VIII's ... More
 
 
 
Club Quarters St Pauls Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £88  27% off
24 Ludgate Hill, EC4M | 3 minutes from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
This neat and simple hotel gets all the basics right. The prices are sensible, the rooms are simply and attractively decorated, there's a decent little bistro, ... More
 
 
 
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London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £102  29% off
1-2 Serjeant's Inn, EC4Y | 3 minutes from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
Amazing hotel, located right in the heart of the city. The Apex Temple Court Hotel is a landmark building that has been converted into a four ... More
 
 
 
 
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Foyles Royal Festival Hall
London > Shopping > Books
Riverside, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, South Bank, London SE1 | 15 minutes from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
The family-run Foyles book shop has been in the book selling business since 1906. Around 30,000 books are stocked at this branch on a broad range ... More
 
 
 
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London Review Bookshop
London > Shopping > Books
14 Bury Place, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 17 minutes from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
Opened in May 2003, with Alan Bennett cutting the ribbon, the London Review Bookshop is a welcome addition to the city's dwindling ranks of independent bookshops. ... More
 
 
 
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Stanfords
London > Shopping > Books
7 Mercer Walk, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 18 minutes from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
Map and travel experts since 1853, Stanfords has been trading in the Covent Garden area since the nineteenth century and in 2019 moved from Long Acre, ... More
 
 
 
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The Natural Kitchen
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
15-17 New Street Square, Fetter Lane, City, London EC4A | 4 minutes from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
Organic, wild and artisan food is supplied by the likes of the River Cottage at this food emporium which, is the second Natural Kitchen to open ... More
 
 
 
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Ede & Ravenscroft
London > Shopping > Clothing
93 Chancery Lane, Holborn, London WC2A | 6 minutes from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
Founded in Aldwych in 1689 Ede and Ravenscroft has the rare distinction of being the tailors and robe makers of choice for twelve coronations and holds ... More
 
 
 
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Nicholas James
London > Shopping > Jewellery
16-18 Hatton Garden, Holborn, London EC1N | 7 minutes from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
A trip to Hatton Garden is a rite of passage for any newly engaged couple but it can also be a confusing one. With so many ... More
 
 
 
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Symphony No 5 in A minor (Op.47) by Louis Vierne
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Thursday 3rd September 2020 - 6.30pm-7.45pm
Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus), St Paul's Churchyard, EC4M | 5 minutes from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
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Christopher Houlihan
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Thursday 1st October 2020 - 6.30pm-7.45pm
Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus), St Paul's Churchyard, EC4M | 5 minutes from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
The organist performs Louis Vierne's Symphony No 6 in B Minor, in celebration of the composer's 150th anniversary....More
 
 
 
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HMS President
London > Entertainment >
Kings Reach, Victoria Embankment, Holborn, London EC4Y | 5 minutes from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
One of the last three surviving warships of the Royal Navy built during the First World War and the first type of warship built specifically for ... More
 
 
 
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The Funny Side of Covent Garden (Upstairs at The George)
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
213 Strand, Holborn, London WC2R | 7 minutes from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
The Funny Side comedy group runs comedy clubs in three locations in London, including the flagship Covent Garden venue above The George pub which puts on ... More
 
 
 
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Curzon Mondrian
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 | 8 minutes from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
Situated within Mondrian London, Curzon Mondrian is a 56-seat cinema run by the independent cinema company from Friday evenings through to Sunday. Screenings include new releases, ... More
 
 
 
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New Street Square
London > Attractions >
New Street Square, City, London EC4A | 4 minutes from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
Just off New Fetter Lane, New Street Square is a quiet space in Holborn where you can shop and stop off for a bite to eat. ... More
 
 
 
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Fleet Street
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Holborn, London EC4A | 5 minutes from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
Once the thriving hub of Britain's newspaper publishing industry, Fleet Street now plays host to some very historic pubs, beautiful old churches and large financial buildings, ... More
 
 
 
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Temple Church
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Fleet Street, Temple, Holborn, London EC4Y | 5 minutes from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
Temple Church sits within the Inner Temple of the Inns of Court, and was originally consecrated in 1185 as the spiritual and actual home of the ... More
 
 
 
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SHOT: Simple, Healthy, Organic and Tasty
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
23-23a Bride Lane, EC4Y | 1 minute from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
An abbreviation of Simple, Healthy, Organic and Tasty, SHOT offers healthy food in the heart of The City at its two locations: this one on ... More
 
 
 
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Eat Cafe
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
109 Fleet Street, City, London EC4A | 1 minute from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
Food to go in its simplest form. Freeshly baked bread for hand-made made sandwhiches; home made soups; simple salads. Another high street option for fresh. fast ... More
 
 
 
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Wagamama
London > Restaurants > South East Asian restaurants
109 Fleet Street, City, London EC4A | 1 minute from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
Taking inspiration from Japanese ramman-noodle bars, Wagamama is the ultimate in high quality fast food. Huge bowls of steaming, soupy noodles, chicken dumplings with a chilli-soy ... More
 
 
 
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Near Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
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Career Energy
London > Education > Career Services
4-6 Staple Inn, Holborn, London WC1V | 7 minutes from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
Situated in the heart of London, Career Energy – formed in March 2002 - offers comprehensive advice on careers, career change and job searching. They’ll analyse ... More
 
 
 
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Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
1 Sheffield Street, Holborn, London WC2A | 10 minutes from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
The award-winning Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, designed by Irish architects O'Donnell + Tuomey and awarded the RIBA London Building of the Year Award in 2014, ... More
 
 
 
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Courtauld Institute of Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 11 minutes from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
The Courtauld is one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, affiliated with the Oxbridge system and boasting a huge private location and prime ... More
 
 
 
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Chang's Hapkido Academy
London > Leisure > Martial Arts
Topnotch Health Club, 3 Tudor Street, City, London EC4Y | 3 minutes from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
Grandmaster Gedo Chang's Hapkido martial arts schools emphasises practical self-defence, confidence, balance and fitness. The ancient Korean martial art of Hapkido is made up of three components: ... More
 
 
 
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Urban Golf
London > Leisure > Golf
12 Smithfield Street, City, London EC1A | 6 minutes from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
OK, so you may not be able to soak up the rays on this indoor course but it’s a brilliant idea that has been stylishly executed. ... More
 
 
 
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Postman's Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
King Edward Street, City, London EC4M | 7 minutes from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
Bounded in by surrounding office buildings, Postman's Park's appeal lies in what it symbolises as much as how it looks. Located just north of St Paul's ... More
 
 
 
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The Tipperary
London > Nightlife > Pubs
66 Fleet Street, City, London EC4Y | 2 minutes from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
Visit this pub and you'll soon find out it's really not a long way to Tipperary. In fact it's merely a ten minute walk (stumble) ... More
 
 
 
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Hilliard
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
26A Tudor Street, City, London EC4Y | 2 minutes from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
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Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
London > Nightlife > Pubs
145 Fleet Street, City, London EC4A | 2 minutes from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
Sprawling 17th century tavern with rabbit-warren of bars and a rich history. Steeped in history, this pub’s story stretches back through the reigns of fifteen monarchs. While ... More
 
 
 
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Humble Grape Fleet Street
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
1 St Brides Passage, Fleet Street, EC4Y | 1 minute from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
A wine bar and shop selling wines directly from independent vineyards, Humble Grape opened its first wine bar and shop in Battersea ... More
 
 
 
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Bounce Farringdon
London > Nightlife > Bars
121 Holborn, Holborn, London EC1N | 6 minutes from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
Paddles at the ready! Europe's first social ping-pong club has arrived in London and, quite brilliantly, is built in the exact spot that table tennis was ... More
 
 
 
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Oriole Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
East Poultry Avenue, Smithfield Markets, EC1A | 6 minutes from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
Located underneath London's historic Smithfield Market, Oriole is an underground cabinet of curiosities and a classy cocktail bar with a great atmosphere and live ... More
 
 
 
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The Mermaid
London > Business > Venue Hire
The Mermaid, Puddledock, City, London EC4V | 4 minutes from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
The self-proclaimed best kept events secret in the City, the newly refurbished Mermaid events and conference centre in Blackfriars boasts a 600-seat theatre-style auditorium and numerous ... More
 
 
 
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Middle Temple Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
2 Plowden Buildings Middle Temple Lane, Holborn, London EC4Y | 6 minutes from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
Middle Temple Hall, completed in 1574, is late-Gothic in style. Its attractions are a rare double-hammer beam roof, an intricately carved screen (which, although heavily damaged ... More
 
 
 
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Haberdashers' Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
18 West Smithfield, City, London EC1A | 6 minutes from Waterstone's (Ludgate Circus)
Opened by the Queen in 2002 and designed by Sir Michael Hopkins and Partners Haberdashers' Hall was the first new livery hall in the Square Mile ... More
 
 
 
 

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Zanele Muholi
Zanele Muholi
Exhibitions | Until 18th October 2020 

Tate Modern 9 minutes walk from Waterstone's (ludgate Circus)

This April, Tate Modern presents the UK's first major mid-career survey of South African visual activist Zanele Muholi. With a ...More

 
Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol
Exhibitions | Until 6th September 2020 

Tate Modern 9 minutes walk from Waterstone's (ludgate Circus)

Explore themes of faith, fame, immigration and mortality in the first major Andy Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern for close ...More

 
Dora Maurer
Dora Maurer
Exhibitions | Until 5th July 2020 

Tate Modern 9 minutes walk from Waterstone's (ludgate Circus)

The playful works of Dora Maurer come to Tate Modern this summer in what will be the first UK survey ...More

 
Manor
Manor
Theatre | Until 6th June 2020 

National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre 12 minutes walk from Waterstone's (ludgate Circus)

A new play by Moira Buffini, Manor sees Olivier Award-winning actors Nancy Carroll and Ben Daniels take to the National ...More

 
Langlands & Bell: Degrees of Truth
Langlands & Bell: Degrees of Truth
Exhibitions | Until 31st May 2020 

Sir John Soane's Museum 12 minutes walk from Waterstone's (ludgate Circus)

A major new exhibition at Sir John Soane's Museum, Langlands & Bell: Degrees of Truth puts the spotlight on contemporary ...More

 
Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory
Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory
Exhibitions | Until 26th July 2020 

Barbican - Curve Gallery 12 minutes walk from Waterstone's (ludgate Circus)

The Barbican Centre presents the first-ever UK exhibition by Nigerian-American artist Toyin Ojih Odutola with a new site-specific installation created ...More

 
The Play That Goes Wrong
The Play That Goes Wrong
Theatre | Until 2nd May 2021 

Duchess Theatre 13 minutes walk from Waterstone's (ludgate Circus)

Presented by the award-winning, international comedy company Mischief Theatre, The Play That Goes Wrong follows the inept and accident prone ...More

 
The Lion King
The Lion King
Theatre | Until 30th May 2020 

The Lyceum Theatre 13 minutes walk from Waterstone's (ludgate Circus)

The Lion King tells the story of Simba - the epic adventure of his battles, his friendships, his dreams and ...More

 
The Woman In Black
The Woman In Black
Theatre | Until 27th March 2021 

Fortune Theatre 13 minutes walk from Waterstone's (ludgate Circus)

One of the less well-known West End fixtures, this adaptation of Susan Hill's gothic novel has been packing out houses ...More

 
Hidden London: The Exhibition
Hidden London: The Exhibition
Exhibitions | Until 1st January 2021 

London Transport Museum 14 minutes walk from Waterstone's (ludgate Circus)

Experience an 'abandoned' Tube station and discover stories about Churchill in the Blitz at the London Transport Museum's exhibition, Hidden ...More

 

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