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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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London Calendar 2018

Discover what's on in London 2018 with our comprehensive guide to the best events. From theatre to art and music to sport, London 2018 has something for everyone - so read on to find out what London town has to offer.

 
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Hotels near The London Library

Near The London Library
Cavendish London Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £137  21% 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 £139  31% 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  39% 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
The Women's Library
London > Useful Numbers > Libraries
25 Old Castle Street, Spitalfields, London E1 | 2.8 miles from The London Library
The Women's Library was established in 1926, as the Library of the London Society for Women's Service, the successor of the London women's suffrage organisation led ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
THE BEST

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 1st April 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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
Waxy's Little Sister
London > Nightlife > Pubs
20 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1D | 6 minutes from The London Library
If you're not up for the hectic atmosphere of Waxy O'Connors it might be worth slipping across the street to her infinitely more tranquil Little Sister. ... More
 
 
 
THE BEST

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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Haim Steinbach: Jaws
Exhibitions | Until 20th January 2018 

White Cube Mason's Yard SW1Y 6BU SW1Y 4LB - 0 minute walk from The London Library

This exhibition includes a new series of shelf works as well as the major installation Display #15 - Design For ...More

Emily Young
Exhibitions | Until 18th January 2018 

Bowman Sculpture 1 minute walk from The London Library

Exhibitions & Art, Sculpture....More

Woman Before A Glass
Theatre | Until 3rd February 2018 

Jermyn Street Theatre 3 minutes walk from The London Library

Lanie Robertson brings Peggy Guggenheim's story to life, revealing how her passionate loyalties changed the face of 20th Century art. ...More

From Life
From Life
Exhibitions | Until 11th March 2018 

Royal Academy of Arts 3 minutes walk from The London Library

Looking to the past, present and future of one of the cornerstones of artistic process, the Royal Academy asks what ...More

 
Pamela Golden: Thunderstruck
Exhibitions | Until 3rd February 2018 

Marlborough Fine Art 4 minutes walk from The London Library

A new series of paintings inspired by both real and imagined images of Iraq from the past and present....More

The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera
Theatre | Until 3rd March 2018 

Her Majesty's Theatre 4 minutes walk from The London Library

Andrew Lloyd Webber's most enduring hit has been running since 1984 and is still as popular with audiences and critics ...More

 
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
Theatre | Until 1st April 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

 
The Birthday Party
The Birthday Party
Theatre | Until 14th April 2018 

Harold Pinter Theatre 4 minutes walk from The London Library

A trio of Olivier Award winners, Toby Jones, Zoe Wanamaker and Stephen Mangan, star in Harold Pinter's darkly comic thriller ...More

 
Annie
Annie
Theatre | Until 18th February 2018 

Piccadilly Theatre 4 minutes walk from The London Library

It's a hard-knock life in 1930s New York during the Great Depression in the feel good, Tony Award-winning musical. Based ...More

 
Polly Apfelbaum: Dubuffet's Feet My Hands
Exhibitions | Until 2nd February 2018 

Frith Street Gallery 5 minutes walk from The London Library

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Russian Ballet Icons Gala 2018
Russian Ballet Icons Gala 2018
Dance | On 25th February 

London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO)

The Russian Ballet Icons Gala is an annual, ...More

 
Chivaree Circus & Upstage Creative: Becoming Shades
Dance | From 24th January 

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The contemporary circus troupe Chivaree Circus brings together live music, aerial acrobatics, fire, dance and mime, in a re-imagining of the classic myth of Persephone. After a sell-out ...More

Bismillah: An ISIS Tragicomedy
Theatre | From 28th February 

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Wound Up and Matthew Greenhough's critically acclaimed drama exploring social alienation, radicalisation, disenfranchisement and the rock band Queen....More

Fall in London with A Stranger: A Social Experiment
Seasonal | On 14th February 

Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

This Valentine's Day, the Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen presents Fall in London with A Stranger: A Social Experiment. Based on Mandy Len Catron's Modern Love essay, Too ...More

Great Again: The Musical
Theatre | From 24th January 

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Isla Van Tricht's musical which explores the forgotten America that voted for Donald Trump via a tale of two young conservatives becoming politically active in Beavercreek, Ohio during the summer of 2016. Presented by Old ...More

Caravan Theatre
Theatre | From 15th February 

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The Caravan Theatre at VAULT Festival brings various evocative, humorous and intriguing newly written 20 minute plays to a small intimate audience of nine people max at a time....More

For A Black Girl
Theatre | From 24th January 

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This Is It Theatre presents Nicel Acquah's two-handed drama based on personal experience and verbatim research, which explores staggering consequences of everyday racism....More

Revelations
Theatre | From 31st January 

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Theatre-maker James Rowland tells the story of how he donated his sperm to his best friends and the consequences. Co-created with Daniel Goldman....More

Think Of England
Theatre | From 7th February 

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Anonymous Is A Woman tell the story of war office employees Bette and Vera who have been employed to send the young men off to war, having experienced all of life's pleasures. Written by Madeline ...More

Annie McGrath
Comedy | On 14th February 

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A stand-up comedy show which will leave you feeling slightly less lonely this Valentine's Day....More

The Coach Makers Arms
The Coach Makers Arms
Dining 

The Coach Makers Arms from Cubitt House combines a bar, first floor dining room, and ...More

 
The Gunmakers
The Gunmakers
Drinking 

An historic 19th Century public house in Clerkenwell taken over by the people who brought ...More

 
Harringay Arms
Harringay Arms
Drinking 

Embracing its traditional charms the pub's owners, brothers Ben and Anthony, have breathed new life ...More

 
Wildflower
Wildflower
Dining 

Set within south London creative hub Peckham Levels, Wildflower is an informal vegetarian and vegan ...More

 
The Spread Eagle
The Spread Eagle
Dining 

One of London's oldest pubs, The Spread Eagle in Homerton focuses on premium liquor, fine ...More

 
The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience
The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience
Entertainment 

Bringing the fantasies of many '90s children and ...More

 
Real Ale, Maida Vale
Real Ale, Maida Vale
Shopping 

Real Ale is a craft beer and natural wine specialist on Formosa Street, Little Venice....More

 
London Events 2018
London Events 2018
Feature 

The Old Vic celebrates its bicentenary in 2018, the Royal Academy of Arts is ...More

 
Kettner's Townhouse
Kettner's Townhouse
Hotels 

Lovingly restored by Soho House, Kettner's reopened after a two year refurbishment in January 2018....More

 
Jidori
Jidori
Dining 

The team behind Jidori, the much-loved yakitori restaurant in Dalston comes to Covent Garden and ...More

 
L'Ami Malo
L'Ami Malo
Dining 

Near Spitalfields Market, on Artillery Passage, L'Ami Malo combines a chic creperie with a French ...More

 
August in London 2018
Article 

Summer favourites like the Notting Hill Carnival and Kids Week return and two Open Air Theatre productions are staged in London during August 2018. ...More

July in London 2018
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A Monster Calls at the Old Vic in July 2018 when Lovebox and Citadel move to Brockwell Park and Wimbledon serves up an ace. Sam Mendes directs The Lehman Trilogy at the National where Rhys ...More

 
 
 
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