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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.

 

LondonTown.com - The London Library Location Map

 
 
 
Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Piccadilly Circus Tube Station
 
3 minutes walk
 
Green Park Tube Station
 
5 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
11 minutes walk
 
Victoria Railway Station
 
18 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Arlington House Pure Parking
 
4 minutes walk
 
Leicester Square Masterpark
 
5 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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What to do in London throughout 2018

Find out the best London 2018 events with our comprehensive guide to the top entertainment in the city throughout the year. From January through to December, 2018 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 £137  25% 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   from £160  23% off
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   from £270  26% off
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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 Comedy About A Bank Robbery
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 31st March 2016 to 4th November 2018
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Strictly Ballroom The Musical
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 16th March to 21st July 2018
The London Library, 16 Denman Street, W1D | 4 minutes from The London Library
Pop Idol winner Will Young plays the brand new role of band leader, Wally Strand, in the West End transfer of Strictly Ballroom The Musical. Championship ...More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Ferryman
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 20th June 2017 to 19th May 2018
The London Library, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D | 6 minutes from The London Library
Following a sold out run at the Royal Court, (the fastest selling show in the theatre's history) Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman is enjoying an equally popular ...More
 
 
 
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Entertainment near The London Library

Near The London Library
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Comedy Store
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
1a Oxendon Street, Soho, London SW1Y | 5 minutes from The London Library
The Comedy Store is the spiritual home of stand-up in the UK. Despite being the best large comedy venue in the country, the Store still succeeds ... More
 
 
 
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Sights and Attractions near The London Library

The best museums, galleries, attractions near The London Library
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
T.M. Lewin
London > Shopping > Menswear
103-108 Jermyn Street, St James's, London SW1Y | 1 minute from The London Library
T.M.Lewin was established in 1898 in Jermyn Street by Thomas Mayes Lewin and nearly 100 years ago he became one of the first tailors to come ... More
 
 
 
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Restaurants near The London Library

What are the best dining options near The London Library London?
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Electric Carousel
London > Nightlife >
215-217 Piccadilly, St James's, London W1J | 3 minutes from The London Library
The team behind Madame Jojo's (RIP) return (hurrah!) with The Electric Carousel on the site where the legendary Pigalle Supper Club used to be, at 215-217 ... 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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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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Brief Encounter
Brief Encounter
Theatre | Until 2nd September 2018 

Empire Cinema Haymarket 4 minutes walk from The London Library

Ten years after Emma Rice brought Kneehigh Theatre's award-winning production of Noel Coward's Brief Encounter to the West End it ...More

 
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
Theatre | Until 4th November 2018 

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

 
Cirque Berserk!
Cirque Berserk!
Kids Events | Until 7th May 2018 

Harold Pinter Theatre 4 minutes walk from The London Library

Combining contemporary circus skills with thrilling stunt action, Cirque Berserk is a danger-filled spectacle that promises to amaze ...More

 
Strictly Ballroom The Musical
Strictly Ballroom The Musical
Theatre | Until 21st July 2018 

Piccadilly Theatre 4 minutes walk from The London Library

Pop Idol winner Will Young plays the brand new role of band leader, Wally Strand, in the West End transfer ...More

 
Frozen
Frozen
Theatre | Until 5th May 2018 

Haymarket Theatre Royal 5 minutes walk from The London Library

Doctor Foster star Suranne Jones plays Nancy, an 'every woman', in Frozen, in Bryony Lavery's award-winning psychological thriller. The story ...More

 
Thriller Live
Thriller Live
Theatre | Until 30th September 2018 

Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue 5 minutes walk from The London Library

Michael Jackson's untimely death may have propelled this musical into orbit; Thriller - Live became a tribute show overnight with ...More

 
Everybody's Talking About Jamie
Everybody's Talking About Jamie
Theatre | Until 6th October 2018 

Apollo Theatre 6 minutes walk from The London Library

Tom MacRae's musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie transfers to London's Apollo Theatre after an acclaimed run at the Sheffield Theatre. ...More

 
The Ferryman
The Ferryman
Theatre | Until 19th May 2018 

Gielgud Theatre 6 minutes walk from The London Library

Following a sold out run at the Royal Court, (the fastest selling show in the theatre's history) Jez Butterworth's The ...More

 
La Linea
La Linea
Concerts | Until 30th April 2018 

Various Venues London 7 minutes walk from The London Library

There are around 145,000 Latin Americans in the capital and La Linea, the 10 day London Latin Music Festival which ...More

 
Victorian Giants: The Birth Of Art Photography
Victorian Giants: The Birth Of Art Photography
Exhibitions | Until 20th May 2018 

National Portrait Gallery 7 minutes walk from The London Library

Bringing together, for the first time, the works of four of the most celebrated figures in art photography, Lewis Carroll, ...More

 

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Martin Morales's 40 cover Andina Picanteria is an ode to the Peruvian picanterias, the family-run, ...More

 
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Home, I'm Darling
Home, I'm Darling
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National Theatre: Dorfman

Katherine Parkinson (whose role as Jen in the IT Crowd "brought her something close to ...More

 
An Octoroon
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Theatre | From 7th June 

National Theatre: Dorfman

In 1859, white Irish playwright Dion Boucicault writes a hit play about America. Today, a ...More

 
Cora Pearl
Cora Pearl
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With double-height windows opening onto the 'Actors' Church', this Covent Garden restaurant from the team ...More

 
Scarlett Green
Scarlett Green
Dining 

Bondi meets Soho at this Antipodean-inspired restaurant from the Daisy Green Collection, serving bottomless brunch ...More

 
Fayre Share
Fayre Share
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Classic British dishes like roasted beer chicken and Arctic roll with jelly are on the ...More

 
London Celebrates 250 Years of the Circus
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The Queen of Hoxton Summer Rooftop: The Lost Vegas
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Cafe de Paris: Royal Wedding Show
Cafe de Paris: Royal Wedding Show
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Cafe de Paris

Not one the 2,640 members of the public ...More

 
Portobello Live!
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Portobello Live! Various Venues

Now an established fixture in the festival calendar, Portobello Live! returns on Sunday and Monday ...More

 
Building The Wall
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Park Theatre

Jez Bond directs the UK premiere staging of Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan's gripping political ...More

 
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