The Women's Library

 
 

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ADDRESS
25 Old Castle Street, Spitalfields, London E1 7NT 
 
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OPENING TIMES
Tue to Fri 9.30am-5pm/5.30pm, Thu till 8pm | Sat 10am-4pm (Closed Saturdays in Aug)
 
PRICES
Free
 

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The Women's LibraryThe 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 by Millicent Fawcett. Today its purpose is to document women's lives in Britain, serving as a record of women's history in the UK. There's a Reading Room where you can use reference books, archives and browse museum collections. There's also an exhibition hall as well as education and events facilities.

 

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The Women's Library  The Women's Library, Suff-hat, part of 'Fe:MAIL: Suffragettes and the Post' exhibition, 2010. Photo by: Norman Watson  

The Women's Library - The Women's Library, Suff-hat, part of 'Fe:MAIL: Suffragettes and the Post' exhibition, 2010. Photo by: Norman Watson

The Women's Library The Women's Library, Suff-hat, part of 'Fe:MAIL: Suffragettes and the Post' exhibition, 2010. Photo by: Norman Watson 

The Women's Library - The Women's Library, Suff-hat, part of 'Fe:MAIL: Suffragettes and the Post' exhibition, 2010. Photo by: Norman Watson More Images
 

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
 
Aldgate East Tube Station
 
3 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
 
Whitechapel Overground Station
 
10 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Spitalfields Car Park
 
5 minutes walk
 
Arch Car Parking
 
9 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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What to do in London Throughout 2014

Find out what's happening in London throughout 2014 with our comprehensive guide to the best entertainment in the city for the year ahead. From January through to December, 2014 is shaping up to be something special - so read on to get the best out of London town.

 
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ibis London City
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel   from £55  37% off
5 Commercial Street, E1 | 2 minutes from The Women's Library
Commercial Road may not be London's most picturesque location but if you want the nightlife of Old Street or the gleaming towers of the City of ... More
 
 
 
Rez Apartments London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £100  30% off
26 Widegate Street, E1 | 4 minutes from The Women's Library
Rez Apartments London are a family run, boutique property in the financial district of London. Located in the heart of The City and nearby to Hoxton ... More
 
 
 
196 Bishopsgate Serviced Apartments
London > Apartment > Apartment   from £87  26% off
196 Bishopsgate, EC2M | 5 minutes from The Women's Library
From studio apartments to one and two beds, 196 Bishopsgate offers a full range of self-catering flats that give you more independence than a hotel. Apartments ... More
 
 
 
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Alternative Libraries nearest The Women's Library

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City Business Library
London > Useful Numbers > Libraries
Aldermanbury, City, London EC2V | 16 minutes from The Women's Library
Free public reference library – no membership requirements (but ID required to see some items). One of the UK's leading business information libraries. Major collection of ... More
 
 
 
Barbican Library
London > Useful Numbers > Libraries
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, City, London EC2Y | 17 minutes from The Women's Library
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St Bride Library
London > Useful Numbers > Libraries
Bride Lane, Fleet Street, City, London EC4Y | 26 minutes from The Women's 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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Bridesmaids
London > Events > Film Events  Dates: 25th to 31st Jul 2014
The Queen Of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London EC2A | 9 minutes from The Women's Library
Annie used to own and run her own cake store but she has fallen on hard times. Best friend Lillian reveals she is getting married and ...More
 
 
 
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Boyhood
London > Events > Film Events  Dates: 25th to 31st Jul 2014
Rich Mix Centre, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London E1 | 10 minutes from The Women's Library
Drama about a boy's coming of age, shot over 12 years with the same crew and cast. When we first meet Mason Jr, he's preparing to ...More
 
 
 
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Tower Of London - Skip The Line Tickets
London > Events > Attraction  Dates: 1st January 2012
Tower Of London, Tower Hill, EC3N | 11 minutes from The Women's Library
With close to 1,000 years of royal history lurking within its highly fortified walls, a trip to the Tower of London is like traveling back to ...More
 
 
 
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Bishopsgate Institute
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
230 Bishopsgate, Spitalfields, London EC2M | 5 minutes from The Women's Library
Built in 1891-94 by Charles Harrison Townsend, the Bishopsgate Institute's facade has a theme of arts and crafts. Inside you will find 19th century tiling, a ... More
 
 
 
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The Old Truman Brewery
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London E1 | 6 minutes from The Women's Library
Popular with the Shoreditch crowd on the weekends, The Old Truman Brewery houses more than 200 small, creative businesses, a bar and several areas for hire. ... More
 
 
 
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ClueQuest
London > Entertainment >
11 Plough Yard, EC2A | 9 minutes from The Women's Library
Following Pinky and the Brain's failed attempt at taking over the world, it's now time for another mouse to have a crack at it. Having escaped ... More
 
 
 
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Sights and Attractions near The Women's Library

The best museums, galleries, attractions near The Women's Library
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Brick Lane
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London E1 | 3 minutes from The Women's Library
London's own "Curry Mile", Brick Lane is home to so much more than first-rate spiced food, it also plays host to Jewish bagel shops, Indian sari ... More
 
 
 
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Whitechapel Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
77-82 Whitechapel High Street, Tower Hamlets, London E1 | 3 minutes from The Women's Library
Designed in a distinctive Arts and Crafts architecture style by Charles Harrison Townsend, the Whitechapel, Britain's first purpose-built arts gallery, is renowned both for the beauty ... More
 
 
 
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Christ Church Spitalfields
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London E1 | 3 minutes from The Women's Library
Built in 1729, Nicholas Hawksmoor's Christ Church creation was declared dangerous and closed in 1956. Vigorous campaigning, from the poet Sir John Betjeman among others, eventually ... More
 
 
 
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The best shops and markets near The Women's Library
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Petticoat Lane Market
London > Shopping > Markets
Between Middlesex and Goulston Streets, Spitalfields, London E1 | 2 minutes from The Women's Library
Petticoat Lane is London's world famous Sunday market and sells mainly clothes for men, women and children, from street-cred clubwear to over-orders of designer goods and ... More
 
 
 
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Lola's Cupcakes, Spitalfields
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
Bishops Square, E1 | 3 minutes from The Women's Library
Sweet to taste, cute to look at and made with natural ingredients, Lola's Cupcakes can hold their own when it comes to the coveted title of ... More
 
 
 
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Hummingbird Bakery
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
11 Frying Pan Alley , Spitalfields, London E1 | 3 minutes from The Women's Library
All-American cupcakes are the speciality here but you can also tuck into many other finger-licking sticky treats. Chocolate Devil's Food Cake, New York style cheesecake and ... More
 
 
 
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Zengi
London > Restaurants > Mediterranean restaurants
44 Commercial Street, E1 | 1 minute from The Women's Library
Mediterranean Cuisine... More
 
 
 
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La Pietra
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
54 Commercial Street, E1 | 2 minutes from The Women's Library
In an intimate setting that proudly displays the artisan deli items used in the dishes, La Pietra is an accomplished Italian eatery. With recipes cooked in ... More
 
 
 
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Herbs & Spice
London > Restaurants > Indian/South Asian restaurants
11a Whites Row, E1 | 2 minutes from The Women's Library
Indian/South Asian Cuisine... More
 
 
 
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Education near The Women's Library

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Workers' Educational Association
London > Education > Evening Classes
4 Luke Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A | 12 minutes from The Women's Library
National charity for adult learning which also runs an excellent selection of theatre, literature, history and politics evening classes.... More
 
 
 
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The Making Space
London > Education > Evening Classes
10 Sunbury Workshops, Swanfield Street, Shoreditch, London E2 | 13 minutes from The Women's Library
Learn some crafty manouveurs at Making Space where classes on mask making, glass engraving, pyrography (burning patterns into wood or leather), chainmail knitting, and book hollowing ... More
 
 
 
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City Journalism
London > Education > Professional Training
106 Bunhill Row, City, London EC1Y | 18 minutes from The Women's Library
City’s Print Journalism course is recognised as the best in London. Although places like Goldsmith’s are trendier, City is respected in the industry thanks to a ... More
 
 
 
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All Star Lanes, Brick Lane
London > Leisure > Activities
95 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London E1 | 6 minutes from The Women's Library
The third of these increasingly popular 1950s retro-America style bowling alleys opened in late 2008 to much critical acclaim. Located in the Old Truman Brewery on ... More
 
 
 
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L!FE Shoreditch
London > Leisure >
The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, E1 | 7 minutes from The Women's Library
Spread over three floors L!FE is a unique space within The Old Truman Brewery where yoga, food and music sit side-by-side. ... More
 
 
 
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Potters Fields Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
City Hall, 110 The Queens Walk, Bankside, London SE1 | 16 minutes from The Women's Library
Potters Fields Park occupies a prime spot between City Hall (from where the Mayor runs London) and Tower Bridge. The pedestrianised, grassy area on the south ... More
 
 
 
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The White Horse
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
2 Exchange Square, Appold Street, EC2M | 8 minutes from The Women's Library
Gastropub... More
 
 
 
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The Crown and Shuttle
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
226 Shoreditch High Street, E1 | 8 minutes from The Women's Library
After serving two queens and a king, surviving The Blitz and enjoying a period as a notorious strip club, The Crown and Shuttle sadly closed its ... More
 
 
 
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The Fox
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
28-30 Paul Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A | 12 minutes from The Women's Library
Ideally located away from the chaos of the City and in the trendy and thriving Shoreditch area, The Fox is a stylish gastropub offering food and ... More
 
 
 
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Smiths Spitalfields
London > Nightlife > Bars
109 Commercial Street, E1 | 4 minutes from The Women's Library
Inspired by its sister bar, the long-standing Smiths of Smithfield, Smiths Spitalfields follows in its famous sibling's footsteps as an all-day dining venue celebrating the best ... More
 
 
 
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Shoreditch House
London > Nightlife > Bars
Ebor Street, Shoreditch, London E1 | 5 minutes from The Women's Library
In a former tea warehouse in the part of town where the City meets the East End you'll find another off-shoot from Soho House founder Nick ... More
 
 
 
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The Rhythm Factory
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
16-18 Whitechapel Road, Tower Hamlets, London E1 | 5 minutes from The Women's Library
Scuzzy venue on the outskirts of Shoreditch which looks like a crummycafe from the outside. Walk past the crowded plastic tables and chairsand through a discreet ... More
 
 
 
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Christ Church Spitalfields
London > Business > Venue Hire
2 Fournier Street, Broadgate, Spitalfields, London E1 | 3 minutes from The Women's Library
Built in 1729, Nicholas Hawksmoor's Christ Church creation was declared dangerous and closed in 1956. Vigorous campaigning, from the poet Sir John Betjeman among others, eventually ... More
 
 
 
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Andaz Liverpool Street
London > Business > Venue Hire
40 Liverpool Street, City, London EC2M | 6 minutes from The Women's Library
Housed in one of the great Victorian station hotels, this showstopper is a mixture of meticulous nineteenth century restoration and the glittering wit of Terrence Conran's ... More
 
 
 
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30 St Mary Axe - Top Floor Restaurant at The Gherkin
London > Business > Venue Hire
30 St Mary Axe, Aldgate, City, London EC3A | 6 minutes from The Women's Library
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The Women's Library, The Womens Library
 
 

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Stephen Willats: Concerning Our Present Way Of Living
Exhibitions | Until 14th September 2014 

Whitechapel Gallery 3 minutes walk from The Women's Library

Recordings and photographs exploring the relationship between communities and domestic life....More

Children's Commission: Francis Upritchard
Exhibitions | Until 31st August 2014 

Whitechapel Gallery 3 minutes walk from The Women's Library

An installation inspired by craft traditions from Brazil and New Zealand, featuring a two metre long papier-mache dinosaur and other ...More

Giulio Paolini: To be or not to be
Giulio Paolini: To be or not to be
Exhibitions | Until 14th September 2014 

Whitechapel Gallery 3 minutes walk from The Women's Library

Italian artist Giulio Paolini (b.1940) believes that a work of art is not just itself in the here and now ...More

 
Kader Attia
Exhibitions | Until 1st October 2014 

Whitechapel Gallery 3 minutes walk from The Women's Library

The Whitechapel Gallery has commissioned a site-specific installation from French-Algerian artist Kader Attia, which marks his first solo project ...More

Contemporary Art Society: Twixt Two Worlds
Exhibitions | Until 31st August 2014 

Whitechapel Gallery 3 minutes walk from The Women's Library

An exhibition bringing together collections from Contemporary Art Society member museums across the south of England....More

Daniel F Herrmann On Giulio Paolini: Tour
Tours | On 31st July 2014 

Whitechapel Gallery 3 minutes walk from The Women's Library

The curator leads an exhibition tour....More

Yvonne Rainer: Dance Works
Exhibitions | Until 10th August 2014 

Raven Row 4 minutes walk from The Women's Library

Live dance performances, theoretical texts and lyrics, photographs, films and sketches providing an insight into the productive career of the ...More

Super Swing Pit
Sporting Events | Until 17th August 2014 

Bishopsgate Institute 5 minutes walk from The Women's Library

Take the beginner taster class at the start of the night and then enjoy the sounds of the vintage DJs ...More

T J Johnson
Concerts | Until 31st July 2014 

Boisdale Of Bishopsgate 5 minutes walk from The Women's Library

The singer-pianist plays New Orleans Jazz and rhythm'n'blues....More

Reuben Richards & The Soul Train
Concerts | Until 25th September 2014 

Boisdale Of Bishopsgate 5 minutes walk from The Women's Library

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