The shop was started in 1797 by John Hatchard, and was grated a royal warrant by George III. Since then, it has attracted a range of customers including Queen Charlotte, Benjamin Disraeli, the Duke of Wellington, William Gladstone, Cecil Rhodes, Rudyard Kipling, Oscar Wilde and Lord Byron. More recently, it has become a centre for book signings, attracting the likes of J.K Rowling, Margaret Thatcher, Stephen Fry, Jeremy Paxman, Joanne Harris and Sir David Attenborough. Signings and events are a special treat, and many authors have been known to do their only London signings here. A particular high point comes every year around Christmas when the Hatchards Christmas Customer Evening sees a number of authors attending for a mass signing.
The shop is open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am until 7pm and on Sundays from noon until 6pm. For more information, visit http://www.hatchards.co.uk.