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The London LibraryAround one million volumes occupy 15 miles of open-access shelves at The London Library which includes two reading rooms for quiet reading and research. Membership is open to all and more than 97 per cent of the books are available for loan. With books dating from the 16th century to the latest publications in print and electronic form, there's plenty to browse through - from reference works to back issues of all the major daily newspapers.

 

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What to do in London throughout 2020

Find out the best London 2020 events with our comprehensive guide to the top entertainment in the city throughout the year. From January through to December, 2020 is packed with unmissable events - so read on to get the best out of London town.

 
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Hotels near The London Library

Near The London Library
Cavendish London Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £169  27% off
81 Jermyn Street, SW1Y | 1 minute from The London Library
Situated on prestigious Jermyn Street, in the heart of Piccadilly, the 4 star deluxe Cavendish Hotel is perfectly located for London's theatres, shops and arts. It ... More
 
 
 
Le Meridien Piccadilly
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
21 Piccadilly, W1J | 2 minutes from The London Library
A hotel that is distinctly in the old English style, with magnificent antique décor, staff who are attentive, discreet, and ever so polite and, most importantly, ... More
 
 
 
Cafe Royal Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
68 Regent Street, W1B | 3 minutes from The London Library
Café Royal is a 160-bedroom 5-star luxury hotel on Regent Street, in London's city centre overlooking Piccadilly Circus. The hotel has conference facilities, a cafe, bar ... More
 
 
 
 
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Alternative Libraries nearest The London Library

Nearest to The London Library
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Pancras Square Library
London > Useful Numbers > Libraries
5 Pancras Square, Bloomsbury, London N1C | 2.2 miles from The London Library
In July 2014 St Pancras Library closed in its former location, Argyle Street, and relocated to shiny new premises at 5 Pancras Square, a new-build 14-storey ... More
 
 
 
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Kensington Central Library
London > Useful Numbers > Libraries
12 Philimore Walk, Kensington, London W8 | 2.5 miles from The London Library
Library full of books for lending and reference, CDs and DVDs, computers and community events. There's an adults reading group on the third Monday of ... More
 
 
 
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St Bride Library
London > Useful Numbers > Libraries
Bride Lane, Fleet Street, City, London EC4Y | 27 minutes from The London Library
This specialist library off Fleet Street houses 50,000 books and 3,500 periodicals, catalogues and directories on printing. From techniques to type faces, graphic design to typography, ... More
 
 
 
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Events near The London Library

Near The London Library
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Watsons
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 8th May to 26th September 2020
The London Library, 6 Panton Street, SW1Y | 4 minutes from The London Library
Adapted from Jane Austen's unfinished novel and "joyously directed" (Evening Standard) by Samuel West, The Watsons comes to the West End's Harold Pinter Theatre from Chichester ...More
 
 
 
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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 31st March 2016 to 1st November 2020
The London Library, 218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, W1V | 4 minutes from The London Library
Mischief Theatre, creators of The Play That Goes Wrong - winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy - and Peter Pan Goes Wrong, have ...More
 
 
 
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Pretty Woman: The Musical
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 13th February 2020 to 2nd January 2021
The London Library, 16 Denman Street, W1D | 4 minutes from The London Library
Everyone's favourite Hollywood love story comes alive on the London stage this February when Pretty Woman: The Musical transfers from Broadway to the West End with ...More
 
 
 
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Entertainment near The London Library

Near The London Library
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Empire Cinema Haymarket
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
63-65 Haymarket, St James's, London SW1Y | 4 minutes from The London Library
The independently-owned Empire owns cinemas at 14 locations across the UK including this one, the three screen Empire Cinema on Haymarket in London's ... More
 
 
 
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Criterion Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Soho, London W1V | 4 minutes from The London Library
The tiny entrance of the Criterion Theatre is almost invisible among the massive advertisements, traffic and crowds of Piccadilly Circus. To ignore it, however, is to ... More
 
 
 
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The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience West End
London > Entertainment >
22-32 Shaftesbury Avenue, Trocadero, W1D | 5 minutes from The London Library
From spring 2019 the Crystal Maze LIVE Experience comes to the West End. After three successful years in Angel, Islington (open until 28th ... More
 
 
 
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Sights and Attractions near The London Library

The best museums, galleries, attractions near The London Library
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White Cube Mason's Yard
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
25-26 Mason's Yard, Off Duke Street, St James's, London SW1Y | 1 minute from The London Library
In 2000, Jay Jopling's pioneering White Cube gallery - the spiritual home of the Young British Artists - upped sticks from its original home in St ... More
 
 
 
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Bowman Sculpture
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
6 Duke Street, St James's, London SW1Y | 1 minute from The London Library
Bowman Sculpture in St James's is a presitgious gallery where art collectors with deep pockets can get their hands on an original Rodin. Specialising in 19th ... More
 
 
 
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Hauser & Wirth (Piccadilly)
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
196A Piccadilly, St James's, London W1J | 1 minute from The London Library
Art-dealer, gallery-owner and collector Iwan Wirth was recently voted one of the ten most powerful people in the art world. Hauser & Wirth London opened at ... More
 
 
 
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Shopping near The London Library

The best shops and markets near The London Library
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Paxton & Whitfield
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
93 Jermyn Street, St James's, London SW1Y | 1 minute from The London Library
Specialising in French and English artisan cheeses, this historic venue served as cheesemonger to HM Queen Victoria. Pick up a selection of finest quality cheeses and ... More
 
 
 
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Prestat
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
14 Princes Arcade, St James's, London SW1Y | 1 minute from The London Library
With Roald Dahl and Her Majesty counted as just a couple of their biggest fans, this brightly-coloured, richly scented, teeny tiny chocolate shop tucked away in ... More
 
 
 
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Aquascutum, Jermyn Street
London > Shopping > Clothing
106 Jermyn Street, SW1Y | 1 minute from The London Library
Aquascutum invented the first waterproof cloth in 1853 (hence the name) and today the brand is still going strong. Having closed its historic Regent Street home, where ... More
 
 
 
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Restaurants near The London Library

What are the best dining options near The London Library London?
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Al Duca
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
4 - 5 Duke of York Street, St James, St James's, London SW1Y | 1 minute from The London Library
Italian cuisine. Dress smart casual. ... More
 
 
 
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Eat Cafe
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
3 Duke Of York Street, St James's, London SW1Y | 1 minute from The London Library
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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Petrichor at The Cavendish London
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
81 Jermyn Street, St James's, London SW1Y | 1 minute from The London Library
British Cuisine... More
 
 
 
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Education near The London Library

Near The London Library
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The London Film School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 12 minutes from The London Library
The London Film School is the oldest-established international school of film technique in the world. The school has contributed significantly to ... More
 
 
 
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Cookery School
London > Education > Cookery Courses
15B Little Portland Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W | 13 minutes from The London Library
Awarded The Best City Cookery School 2013, the Cookery School at Little Portland Street has been teaching people to make simple, honest food for more than ... More
 
 
 
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L'Atelier des Chefs
London > Education > Adult Education
19 Wigmore Street, Marylebone, London W1U | 15 minutes from The London Library
Whether you're a Nigella or not in the kitchen, the L'atelier des Chefs cookery school can teach you something. Classes are given in the basement kitchens ... More
 
 
 
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Leisure near The London Library

The London Library gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Catalyst Health and Fitness Ltd
London > Leisure > Fitness
30 Bury Street, St James's, London SW1Y | 2 minutes from The London Library
Catalyst personal trainers are among the best in London. Get fit without doing yourself an injury, lose weight with a specially devised programme or build your ... More
 
 
 
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So SPA Sofitel St James
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
6 Waterloo Place, St James's, London SW1Y | 4 minutes from The London Library
Opened in July 2009, So SPA by Sofitel is a stunning relaxation space - all marble and modern design - housed within the Sofitel St James ... More
 
 
 
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Urban Golf Soho
London > Leisure > Golf
33 Great Pulteney Street, Soho, London W1F | 6 minutes from The London Library
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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Pubs near The London Library

The best pubs near London The London Library.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Reform Club
London > Nightlife > Pubs
104 Pall Mall, St James's, London SW1Y | 3 minutes from The London Library
Located in the heart of London's traditional Clubland in Pall Mall, The Reform Club was founded in 1836 and was membership was initially restricted to those who ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Waxy O'Connor's
London > Nightlife > Pubs
14-16 Rupert Street, Soho, London W1D | 5 minutes from The London Library
Located where it is, Waxy's is fairly predictable. It's busy, it's Irish and it's got a fair smattering of tourists, but it also has that certain ... More
 
 
 
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The Blue Posts
London > Nightlife > Pubs
28 Rupert Street, Soho, London W1D | 6 minutes from The London Library
Across the road from Chinatown, a pub had stood on the site of The Blue Posts at 28 Rupert Street since 1739. ... More
 
 
 
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Nightlife near The London Library

The London Library clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Wellington Club
London > Nightlife > Bars
91 Jermyn Street, St James's, Hyde Park, London SW1Y | 1 minute from The London Library
Established in 1832, the Wellington Club is one of the oldest private member clubs in the UK but there is a way ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Fortnum & Mason: 1707 Wine Bar
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
181 Piccadilly, St James's, London W1A | 2 minutes from The London Library
The Fortnum's wine bar has had a makeover as part of the store's refurbishment in 2007, three hundred years after this grand old department store first ... More
 
 
 
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Longitude 0°8
London > Nightlife > Bars
Le Meridien Piccadilly, 21 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J | 2 minutes from The London Library
The Le Meridien hotel's in-house bar, Longitude 0°8, is a stylish destination that uses music and lighting to offer a unique experience dependant on whether you ... More
 
 
 
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Meeting venue hire near The London Library

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near The London Library.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
195 Piccadilly (BAFTA)
London > Business > Venue Hire
195 Piccadilly, St James's, London W1J | 1 minute from The London Library
The home of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is also available to hire for your own event. The iconic building at 195 ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Royal Academy of Arts
London > Business > Venue Hire
Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J | 3 minutes from The London Library
Lord Burlington's spectacular London palace is home to the Royal Academy of Arts, a set of galleries that houses the country's premier art school and a ... More
 
 
 
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The Ritz Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
150 Piccadilly, St James's, London W1J | 4 minutes from The London Library
World famous luxury hotel, right on Piccadilly, with a roof terrace looking across Green Park. The fine food (particularly the Afternoon Tea) at the Ritz attract ... More
 
 
 
 
 

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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
Theatre | Until 1st November 2020 

Criterion Theatre 4 minutes walk from The London Library

Mischief Theatre, creators of The Play That Goes Wrong - winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy - ...More

 
Pretty Woman: The Musical
Pretty Woman: The Musical
Theatre | Until 2nd January 2021 

Piccadilly Theatre 4 minutes walk from The London Library

Everyone's favourite Hollywood love story comes alive on the London stage this February when Pretty Woman: The Musical transfers from ...More

 
The Watsons
The Watsons
Theatre | Until 26th September 2020 

Harold Pinter Theatre 4 minutes walk from The London Library

Adapted from Jane Austen's unfinished novel and "joyously directed" (Evening Standard) by Samuel West, The Watsons comes to the West ...More

 
Les Miserables
Les Miserables
Theatre | Until 17th October 2020 

Sondheim Theatre 6 minutes walk from The London Library

Jean Valjean, released on parole after 19 years on the chain gang, finds that the yellow ticket-of-leave he must, by ...More

 
Fourth Plinth: Heather Phillipson THE END
Fourth Plinth: Heather Phillipson THE END
Exhibitions | Until 26th March 2022 

Trafalgar Square 7 minutes walk from The London Library

London born artist Heather Philipson puts an ice cream with a cherry on top on The Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar ...More

 
Life of Pi
Life of Pi
Theatre | Until 4th October 2020 

Wyndham's Theatre 8 minutes walk from The London Library

Based on one of the best-loved works of fiction, Yann Martel's Man Booker Prize winning novel, Life of Pi is ...More

 
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Theatre | Until 24th January 2021 

Palace Theatre 9 minutes walk from The London Library

From the 36,000 retweets Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling got when she announced the ...More

 
Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace
Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace
Tours | Until 4th October 2020 

Buckingham Palace 10 minutes walk from The London Library

Every summer inquisitive visitors get the chance to look around Buckingham Palace and admire the grand State Rooms used by ...More

 
Hello, Dolly!
Hello, Dolly!
Theatre | Until 6th March 2021 

Adelphi Theatre 12 minutes walk from The London Library

Multi Olivier and BAFTA Award winning Imelda Staunton plays meddlesome socialite turned matchmaker Dolly Levi, taking the title role in ...More

 
The Prince of Egypt
The Prince of Egypt
Theatre | Until 31st October 2020 

Dominion Theatre 14 minutes walk from The London Library

With new musical numbers and lavish sets, The Prince of Egypt brings a glittering production based on the Dreamworks film ...More

 
 
 
 
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