British Library

 
 
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96 Euston Road, King's Cross, London NW1 2DB 
 
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OPENING TIMES
Mon to Fri 9.30am-6pm, late night Tue till 8pm, Sat 9.30am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm | Bank Holidays 11am-5pm | Tours: Mon, Wed & Fri 11am & 7pm, Sat 11am & 3pm
 
PRICES
FREE (Adult), FREE (Child) | Donations appreciated. Tours £6-£7 (Adults), £4.50-£5.50 (Concs).
 

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British LibraryWith over 150 million items, a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland, artwork by artists such as Antony Gormley and Eduardo Paolozzi, and a host of historically momentous works - including the Magna Carta, the Gutenberg Bible, Shakespeare's First Folio and the Lindisfarne Gospels - a guided tour around the British Library is the best way to take it all in. This is, after all, the largest public building constructed in the United Kingdom in the 20th century and, as such, warrants a guided tour around its cavernous spaces. The library's guides really know their stuff and will open your eyes to this gargantuan repository. Of particular interest is the Diamond Sutra, the world's earliest dated printed book, and the only surviving copy of Beowulf. The King's Library - a three-storey glass tower - forms the centre-piece of the building both architecturally and in terms of its historic acquisitions. With 65,000 printed volumes, The King's Library refers to King George III, whose personal collection is on display here. Some of the tours include access to the reading rooms which is usually limited to those with passes. The library also has a lot to offer the casual visitor - exhibition galleries (mostly free) special exhibitions, events, films, musical performances and poetry readings. While you can explore for free, paying for a tour is more than worth it if you only have a few hours to take everything in.

 

British Library events

 
Enduring War: Grief, Grit And HumourEnduring War: Grief, Grit And HumourThis exhibition at the British Library showcases letters and diaries from serving soldiers and their relations as part of the World War One centenary commemorations.21st August 2014Sunday 12th October 2014 Where:
British Library, 96  Euston Road      NW1 2DB
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
Enduring War: Grief, Grit And Humour
event > Exhibitions | PRICING  Free  
DATES  19th July to 12th October 2014
This exhibition at the British Library showcases letters and diaries from serving soldiers and their relations as part of the World War One centenary commemorations.... More about this event
The Music of War: 1914-1918: ConferenceThe Music of War: 1914-1918: ConferenceSpeakers from 12 countries will consider the contribution of music to the war, including government propaganda, commemoration, therapy, morale boosting and entertainment.29th August 2014Sunday 31st August 2014 Where:
British Library, 96  Euston Road      NW1 2DB
Category: event
On Soon
The Music of War: 1914-1918: Conference
event > Business Events > Conferences
DATES  29th August 2014 at 9.30am-8pm, 30th August 2014 at 9.30am-7.30pm & 31st August 2014 at 10.30am-5.15pm
Speakers from 12 countries will consider the contribution of music to the war, including government propaganda, commemoration, therapy, morale boosting and entertainment.
War Women And SongWar Women And SongDrama, music and comedy in a production by Anna Farthing and Bea Roberts, bringing to life the experience of those who toured to theatres of war.30th August 2014Saturday 30th August 2014 Where:
British Library, 96  Euston Road      NW1 2DB
Category: event
On Soon
War Women And Song
event > Theatre > Dramas
DATES  Saturday 30th August 2014 - 6.30pm-7.30pm
Drama, music and comedy in a production by Anna Farthing and Bea Roberts, bringing to life the experience of those who toured to theatres of war.
Alan Rusbridger: Reflections On Press Freedom: TalkAlan Rusbridger: Reflections On Press Freedom: TalkAlan Rusbridger, Editor-in-Chief of Guardian News & Media, will share his views on freedom of the press. During his editorship at The Guardian he has fought a number of high-profile battles over press freedom and libel including the 2013 NSA leaks.8th September 2014Monday 8th September 2014 Where:
British Library, 96  Euston Road      NW1 2DB
Category: event
On Soon
Alan Rusbridger: Reflections On Press Freedom: Talk
event > Exhibitions > Lifestyle - Talks & Lectures
DATES  Monday 8th September 2014 - 6.30pm-8.15pm
Alan Rusbridger, Editor-in-Chief of Guardian News & Media, will share his views on freedom of the press. During his editorship at The Guardian he has fought a number of high-profile battles over press freedom and libel including the 2013 NSA leaks.
Dylan Thomas: Return JourneyDylan Thomas: Return JourneyBob Kingdom plays Thomas in this acclaimed celebration of the Welsh poet's last great lecture tour. Originally directed by actor Antony Hopkins.12th September 2014Saturday 13th September 2014 Where:
British Library, 96  Euston Road      NW1 2DB
Category: event
On Soon
Dylan Thomas: Return Journey
event > Theatre > Solo
DATES  Friday 12th September 2014 at 6.30pm-8pm & Saturday 13th September 2014 at 2.30pm-4pm
Bob Kingdom plays Thomas in this acclaimed celebration of the Welsh poet's last great lecture tour. Originally directed by actor Antony Hopkins.
International Translation Day 2014: DiscussionInternational Translation Day 2014: DiscussionThe annual event for the translation community.26th September 2014Friday 26th September 2014 Where:
British Library, 96  Euston Road      NW1 2DB
Category: event
 
International Translation Day 2014: Discussion
event > Exhibitions > Lifestyle - Literary Events & Book Signings
DATES  Friday 26th September 2014 - 9am-5pm
The annual event for the translation community.
Terror and Wonder: The Gothic ImaginationTerror and Wonder: The Gothic ImaginationTerror and Wonder: The Gothic ImaginationExploring the enduring influence that the gothic genre has had on literature, film, fashion, music and art, Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination at the British Library provides a comprehensive look at gothic literature. Ranging from Horace Walpole to Angela Carter, there will be over 200 rare exhibits including manuscripts, paintings, film cli3rd October 2014Tuesday 20th January 2015 Where:
British Library, 96  Euston Road      NW1 2DB
Category: event
 
Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination
event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions
DATES  3rd October 2014 to 20th January 2015
Exploring the enduring influence that the gothic genre has had on literature, film, fashion, music and art, Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination at the British Library provides a comprehensive look at gothic literature. Ranging from Horace Walpole to Angela Carter, there will be over 200 rare exhibits including manuscripts, paintings, film cli... More about this event
 
The Pen Pinter Prize 2014: TalkThe Pen Pinter Prize 2014: TalkSalman Rushdie receives 2014's PEN/Pinter Prize.9th October 2014Thursday 9th October 2014 Where:
British Library, 96  Euston Road      NW1 2DB
Category: event
 
The Pen Pinter Prize 2014: Talk
event > Exhibitions > Lifestyle - Talks & Lectures
DATES  Thursday 9th October 2014 - 6.30pm-8pm
Salman Rushdie receives 2014's PEN/Pinter Prize.
 

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Opening and closing times for British Library

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LondonTown.com - British Library Location Map

 
 
 
Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
King's Cross Tube Station
 
3 minutes walk
 
Euston Tube Station
 
6 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Camden Road Overground Station
 
19 minutes walk
 
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Arcade Car Parks
 
6 minutes walk
 
Judd Street NCP
 
6 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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October 2010

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April 2009

Henry VIII: Man and Monarch British Library, NW1 2DB 26th April 2009 - 6th September 2009 2009 marks the 500th anniversary of King Henry VIII's accession to the throne of...

 
 
October 2009

The Big Draw Wellcome Collection & various venues, NW1 2BE 1st - 31st October 2009 Celebrating its tenth anniversary, this splendid month-long nationwide event has simply one objective...

 
 
What's on in London 2014

With an exciting calendar of events, London 2014 is shaping up to be another special year. Find out the best of what's happening throughout the capital this year with our thorough guide to 2014's finest entertainment.

 
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St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £138  31% off
Euston Road, NW1 | 1 minute from British Library
A triumph of neo-Gothic splendour, the red brick Grade I listed hotel has been painstakingly restored by architect Geoff Mann who worked with English Heritage to ... More
 
 
 
Pullman London St Pancras
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £83  38% off
100-110 Euston Road, NW1 | 2 minutes from British Library
A smart modern hotel that offers fine dining, large, airy rooms and an ideal location at a very reasonable price. Just a few minutes from Euston ... More
 
 
 
Great Northern Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £106  38% off
King's Cross St Pancras Station, N1C | 3 minutes from British Library
Originally designed by Lewis Cubitt and opened on 17th May 1854, The Great Northern Hotel in King's Cross, one of the first examples of the great ... More
 
 
 
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Alternative Museums nearest British Library

Nearest to British Library
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Foundling Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
40 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 8 minutes from British Library
The Foundling Museum is one of London's real hidden treasures. Originally established in 1739 as a hospital which looked after abandoned children, the museum now tells ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
London Canal Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
12-13 New Wharf Road, King's Cross, London N1 | 8 minutes from British Library
A trip to the Canal Museum reveals there's more to London's man-made waterways than just enjoying a day out in a narrow boat. You'll learn about ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Wiener Library
London > Attractions > Museums
29 Russell Square, WC1B | 11 minutes from British Library
The Wiener Library is the world's oldest library dedicated to the study of the Holocaust, its causes and legacies. The library also hosts a regular programme ... More
 
 
 
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Sights and Attractions near British Library

The best museums, galleries, attractions near British Library
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
John Ritblat Gallery - Treasures of British Library
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
The British Library, 96 Euston Road, King's Cross, London NW1 | Same location as British Library
The John Ritblat Gallery contains a permanent display of over 200 of the British Library's greatest treasures. It includes documents which made and recorded history, ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
St Pancras Church
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Euston Road, Bloomsbury, London NW1 | 5 minutes from British Library
Completed in 1822, St Pancras Church was the most expensive church to be constructed since St Paul's was rebuilt after the Great Fire. This Greek Revival ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Granary Square
London > Attractions >
Good's Way, N1C | 5 minutes from British Library
The same size as Trafalgar Square, Granary Square is at the heart of King's Cross where the Eurostar departs and emerged as part of the ... More
 
 
 
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Events near British Library

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Today Only
La Dispute
London > Events > Music  Dates: Thursday 21st August 2014 - 7.30pm-11pm
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross, King's Cross, London N1 | 6 minutes from British Library
...More
 
 
 
Today Only
A Pug's Progress
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: Thursday 21st August 2014 - 6.30pm-9pm
The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, WC1N | 8 minutes from British Library
Antiques Roadshow ceramics expert, and former Director of the Foundling Museum, Lars Tharp follows the trail of Hogarth's pugs....More
 
 
 
Ends Today
Dreams That Money Can Buy
London > Events > Film Events  Dates: Wednesday 20th August 2014 - 7pm
The Horse Hospital, 30 Colonnade, WC1N | 10 minutes from British Library
...More
 
 
 
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Entertainment near British Library

Near British Library
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Scala
London > Entertainment > Live Music
275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross, London N1 | 6 minutes from British Library
Housed inside the old King's Cross Cinema, the Scala might be a bit tattered around the edges but this only adds to its battered charm. The ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Kings Place
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
90 York Way, King's Cross, London N1 | 7 minutes from British Library
Just 150 metres from King's Cross and St Pancras stations and with a waterside setting, the Dixon-Jones designed Kings Place combines the offices of The Guardian ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Bloomsbury Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
15 Gordon Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1H | 8 minutes from British Library
Owned and part-funded by University College London, the Bloomsbury was completed in 1968 on the site of a bomb-damaged church. The years have not been kind ... More
 
 
 
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Shopping near British Library

The best shops and markets near British Library
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Foyles St Pancras International
London > Shopping > Books
St Pancras International, Pancras Road, King's Cross, London NW1 | 1 minute from British Library
The family-run Foyles book shop has been in the book selling business since 1906. Books on a broad range of subjects from fiction and poetry to ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Sourced Market
London > Shopping > Markets
St Pancras International, King's Cross, London NW1 | 1 minute from British Library
Since opening in August 2009, the UK's first produce market to be located in a train station aims to bring the best from local and artisan ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Peyton & Byrne at St Pancras
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
Unit 11, The Undercroft, St Pancras International, King's Cross, London NW1 | 1 minute from British Library
Take a little piece of baked Britain with you when you travel from St Pancras by stocking up on cakes, tarts, biscuits and buns at Peyton ... More
 
 
 
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Restaurants near British Library

What are the best dining options near British Library London?
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Pizza Express
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
95 Euston Road, King's Cross, London NW1 | Same location as British Library
Pizza Express has become something of a London institution. Serving consistently excellent Italian pizzas quickly in pleasant unfussy surroundings, this is always a convenient and acceptable ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
St Pancras Renaissance Afternoon Tea: Hansom Lounge
London > Restaurants > Afternoon Tea
Euston Road, NW1 | 1 minute from British Library
The Hansom Lounge at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel occupies the former cobbled driveway where Hansom cabs used to drop off and pick up their passengers. ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Booking Office Bar & Restaurant
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Road, NW1 | 1 minute from British Library
With an expansive 29-metre bar, the magnificent Booking Office is the pride of the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. A classic British menu presents an all-day dining ... More
 
 
 
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Near British Library
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Place
London > Education > Evening Classes
17 Duke's Road, Bloomsbury, London WC1H | 4 minutes from British Library
London's specialist venue for contemporary dance, The Place plays a role in every aspect of this fast-growing art form. The London Contemporary Dance School offers degrees ... More
 
 
 
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The Bartlett School of Architecture
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Wates House, 22 Gordon Street, WC1H | 7 minutes from British Library
The Bartlett School of Architecture, on the corner of Huntley Street and Capper Street, is part of The Bartlett: UCL's global faculty of the built environment. ... More
 
 
 
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Slade School of Fine Art
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
UCL University, Gower Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E | 9 minutes from British Library
Among the best regarded art schools in the world. The Slade is a fairly traditional school with an insistence on certain techniques within each undergraduate course, ... More
 
 
 
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British Library gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Road, King's Cross, London NW1 | 1 minute from British Library
The lavishly restored St Pancras Renaissance Hotel has attracted a lot of attention since opening in 2011 as part of the grand Eurostar relocation. The Hotel's ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Dolphin Swimming Club
London > Leisure > Activities
U of L Pool, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E | 10 minutes from British Library
Swimming lessons for children and aquaphobic adults. This is one of the more popular swimming schools in London, and one of the most long-running, with over ... More
 
 
 
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Pancras Square Leisure
London > Leisure >
5 Pancras Square, N1C | 12 minutes from British Library
Located in the heart of Kings Cross, Pancras Square Leisure centre offers a 25 metre swimming pool, smaller teaching pool, two exercise studios with over 25 ... More
 
 
 
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Pubs near British Library

The best pubs near London British Library.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Betjeman Arms
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
Unit 53, St. Pancras International, NW1 | 1 minute from British Library
Gastropub... More
 
 
 
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The Harrison
London > Nightlife > Pubs
28 Harrison Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1H | 6 minutes from British Library
Originally built in the 1880s by Samuel Harrison to refresh the workers in his shoe factory, The Harrison pub's current building dates back to 1934. Owned ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Lamb
London > Nightlife > Pubs
94 Lamb's Conduit Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 12 minutes from British Library
On the peaceful, pedestrianised Lamb's Conduit Street, hidden behind an 18th century facade, is The Lamb, a beautifully preserved Grade II listed Victorian pub. The pub ... More
 
 
 
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Nightlife near British Library

British Library clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Cosy Kettle
London > Nightlife > Bars
60 Chalton Street, NW1 | 2 minutes from British Library
Hidden below the bustling Somers Town Coffee House, Cosy Kettle offers an intimate sanctuary away from the pub crowd. Opened in late 2013, the bar is ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
GNH Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
Great Northern Hotel, N1C | 3 minutes from British Library
The GNH Bar takes up almost the entire ground floor of the Great Northern Hotel and opens directly onto the western concourse of King's Cross Station. ... More
 
 
 
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VOC
London > Nightlife > Bars
2 Varnishers Yard, Regents Quarter, N1 | 5 minutes from British Library
VOC is a 17th Century-inspired Punch House from Fluid Movement, the people behind speakeasy bars The Whistling Shop and Purl. Taking its name from Vereenigde Oost-Indische ... More
 
 
 
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Meeting venue hire near British Library

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near British Library.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
British Library Conference Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
96 Euston Road, King's Cross, London NW1 | Same location as British Library
As the national library of the United Kingdom the British Library is renowned for its world class collection of books but its Conference Centre is something ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Friends House
London > Business > Venue Hire
173-177 Euston Road, Bloomsbury, London NW1 | 7 minutes from British Library
The historic headquarters of Quakers in Britain, Friends House in Euston has 23 function rooms including a large Meeting Hall which seats up to 1,100 guests. ... More
 
 
 
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Kings Place
London > Business > Venue Hire
90 York Way, King's Cross, London N1 | 7 minutes from British Library
Just 150 metres from King's Cross and St Pancras stations, the Dixon-Jones designed Kings Place offers conference organisers two auditoriums, two art galleries and a wide ... More
 
 
 
 

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Enduring War: Grief, Grit And Humour
Exhibitions | Until 12th October 2014 

British Library

This exhibition at the British Library showcases letters and diaries from serving soldiers and their relations as part of the ...More

Boat Trips at Granary Square
Kids Events | Until 30th November 2014 

Granary Square 5 minutes walk from British Library

Boat Trips on the Regents Canal from Kings Cross to Camden and Islington Tunnel....More

La Dispute
Music | On 21st August 2014 

Scala 6 minutes walk from British Library

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Chamber Classics Unwrapped
Chamber Classics Unwrapped
Concerts | Until 13th December 2014 

Kings Place 7 minutes walk from British Library

Celebrating the association that Kings Place has with chamber music, this year-long festival sees them depart from ...More

 
Books About Town: Bloomsbury Trail
Books About Town: Bloomsbury Trail
Kids Events | Until 15th September 2014 

Various Venues, Bloomsbury 8 minutes walk from British Library

The Bloomsbury area has long been associated with literary types making it an ideal area for a Books About Town ...More

 
A Pug's Progress
Exhibitions | On 21st August 2014 

The Foundling Museum 8 minutes walk from British Library

Antiques Roadshow ceramics expert, and former Director of the Foundling Museum, Lars Tharp follows the trail of Hogarth's pugs....More

Progress
Progress
Exhibitions | Until 7th September 2014 

The Foundling Museum 8 minutes walk from British Library

To mark the 250th anniversary of William Hogarth's death, the Foundling Museum presents Progress, bringing together for the first time ...More

 
Big Art: Workshop
Exhibitions | Until 25th September 2014 

Coram's Fields 10 minutes walk from British Library

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Empire, Faith & Kinship: The Sikhs & The Great War
Exhibitions | Until 28th September 2014 

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) 10 minutes walk from British Library

Examining the contribution of Sikh soldiers in the First World War, Empire, Faith & Kinship: The Sikhs & The Great ...More

Uprawr
Clubbing and Nightlife | Until 25th September 2014 

The Purple Turtle 11 minutes walk from British Library

Resident DJs play alternative, rock, pop and punk....More

 
 
 
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