Idea Store Bow  

 
 
ADDRESS
1 Gladstone Place, Tower Hamlets, London E3 5ES
 
 
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OPENING TIMES
Mon to Thu 9am-9pm, Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm
 

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The Idea Store in Bow was the first of four such libraries to be opened by Tower Hamlets council. Opened in May 2002, and located at the heart of the historic Roman Road it provides a major leisure and learning facility for the area. Adult education classes, library services, events and a cafe are presented under one roof, forming the basis for the Idea Store brand. There are three further Idea Stores in the borough: at Canary Wharf, Chrisp Street and the flagship centre at Whitechapel.

 

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Hotels near Idea Store Bow

Near Idea Store Bow
Holiday Inn Express London-Stratford
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel   from £42  30% off
196 High Street, E15 | 20 minutes from Idea Store Bow
The traditional East End and the vibrant new business culture of twenty-first century London meet in Stratford. Great connections to the Docklands business parks and the ... More
 
 
 
Town Hall Hotel & Apartments
London > Apartment > Apartment
Patriot Square, E2 | 21 minutes from Idea Store Bow
The Town Hall building in Bethnal Green has been beautifully restored creating a unique designer hotel which fuses old and new. With a mix of bedrooms, ... More
 
 
 
Holiday Inn London - Stratford City
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £71  25% off
10A Chestnut Plaza, E20 | 25 minutes from Idea Store Bow
Feel at home as soon as you enter the contemporary lobby of the Holiday Inn London Stratford City. This new generation Holiday Inn is located in ... More
 
 
 
 
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Alternative Libraries nearest Idea Store Bow

Nearest to Idea Store Bow
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The Women's Library
London > Useful Numbers > Libraries
25 Old Castle Street, Spitalfields, London E1 | 2.2 miles from Idea Store Bow
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
 
 
 
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St Bride Library
London > Useful Numbers > Libraries
Bride Lane, Fleet Street, City, London EC4Y | 3.5 miles from Idea Store Bow
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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Pancras Square Library
London > Useful Numbers > Libraries
5 Pancras Square, Bloomsbury, London N1C | 4.1 miles from Idea Store Bow
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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Entertainment near Idea Store Bow

Near Idea Store Bow
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Winterville, Victoria Park
London > Entertainment >
Victoria Park Road, Tower Hamlets, London E3 | 9 minutes from Idea Store Bow
After taking over Victoria Park for the first time in 2014, Winterville is returning for another festive season this year. East ... More
 
 
 
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The Yard
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
Queens Yard White Post Lane, E9 | 15 minutes from Idea Store Bow
The Yard theatre occupies a unique warehouse space - where the concrete floor and corrugated roof are clearly visible - located two minutes from Hackney Wick ... More
 
 
 
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Sugarhouse Studios
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
107 High Street, Stratford, E15 | 17 minutes from Idea Store Bow
Making use of 107 High Street, Stratford, a building scheduled for demolition in 2013, Sugarhouse Studios is a cinema, cafe and bar with a programme of ... More
 
 
 
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Sights and Attractions near Idea Store Bow

The best museums, galleries, attractions near Idea Store Bow
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Swan Wharf
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
60 Dace Road, E3 | 9 minutes from Idea Store Bow
Combining artist studios, woodworking and metalworking workshops, tech offices, gallery and exhibition spaces, Swan Wharf features an indoor event space, collaborative ... More
 
 
 
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Victoria Park
London > Attractions > Parks and Gardens
Approach Road, Hackney, London | 10 minutes from Idea Store Bow
One of London’s best kept secrets, Victoria Park is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon. Inside the park's boundaries countless varieties of trees stripe the ... More
 
 
 
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Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park
London > Attractions >
The Soanes Centre, Southern Grove, Tower Hamlets, London E3 | 12 minutes from Idea Store Bow
What was once one of the seven large Victorian burial sites in London is now a wonderfully if slightly spooky green space. Opened in 1841 Tower Hamlets ... More
 
 
 
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Shopping near Idea Store Bow

The best shops and markets near Idea Store Bow
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Roman Road Market
London > Shopping > Markets
Roman Road, Tower Hamlets, London E3 | 3 minutes from Idea Store Bow
Roman Road Market is situated on the oldest known trade route in Britain, the road to Colchester famously taken by Boudicea on her way to burn ... More
 
 
 
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London Centre for Book Arts
London > Shopping > Art and Design
Unit 18, SPACE Studios, Britannia Works, Dace Road, Tower Hamlets, London E3 | 9 minutes from Idea Store Bow
Everyone, from beginners to professionals, can learn the disappearing artform of book art at the London Centre for Book Arts, a unique place where people can ... More
 
 
 
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Ginger Pig
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
99 Lauriston Road, Hackney, London E9 | 13 minutes from Idea Store Bow
Though the name suggests specialists in spicy pork products, the Ginger Pig offers so much more. Beginning with their original shop at Borough Market in the ... More
 
 
 
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Restaurants near Idea Store Bow

What are the best dining options near Idea Store Bow London?
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Morgan Arms
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
43 Morgan Street, Tower Hamlets, London E3 | 8 minutes from Idea Store Bow
Yet another conversion of a grimy and atmospheric East end boozer into a gastropub, but in this case it's been done so well that it's hard ... More
 
 
 
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Palm Tree
London > Restaurants >
127 Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, London E3 | 9 minutes from Idea Store Bow
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The Crown
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
223 Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, London E3 | 10 minutes from Idea Store Bow
This used to be an excellent gastro pub overlooking Victoria Park - one where all the food and drink was certified organic. That was before it ... More
 
 
 
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Education near Idea Store Bow

Near Idea Store Bow
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The Making Space
London > Education > Evening Classes
10 Sunbury Workshops, Swanfield Street, Shoreditch, London E2 | 2 miles from Idea Store Bow
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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English National Ballet
London > Education > Adult Education
41 Hopewell Square City Island, South Kensington, London E14 | 2.1 miles from Idea Store Bow
The English National Ballet, founded by Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin in 1950, moved into its current purpose-built East London home on ... More
 
 
 
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Four Corners
London > Education > Adult Education
121 Roman Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 17 minutes from Idea Store Bow
For 30 years Four Corners has been training, producing and supporting the full range of film and photographic requirements. Services on offer include filmmaking facilities and ... More
 
 
 
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Leisure near Idea Store Bow

Idea Store Bow gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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Victoria Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, Tower Hamlets, London E3 | 10 minutes from Idea Store Bow
One of London's best kept secrets, Victoria Park is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon. The city's first public park, it was opened in the ... More
 
 
 
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London Olympics BMX Track
London > Leisure > London Olympics Venues
Olympic Park, E20 | 13 minutes from Idea Store Bow
The adapted Olympic BMX Track, the home of the BMX Cycling competition in the 2012 London Olympics, reopens to the public on 4th March 2014, a ... More
 
 
 
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The Jubilee Greenway
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Marshgate Lane, Stratford, E15 | 13 minutes from Idea Store Bow
The Jubilee Greenway is a flat, almost continuous and straight traffic-free walking and cycling route that carves through London and all the major London 2012 Olympic ... More
 
 
 
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Pubs near Idea Store Bow

The best pubs near London Idea Store Bow.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Morgan Arms
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
43 Morgan Street, Tower Hamlets, London E3 | 8 minutes from Idea Store Bow
Yet another conversion of a grimy and atmospheric East end boozer into a gastropub, but in this case it's been done so well that it's hard ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Victoria
London > Nightlife > Pubs
110 Grove Road, Bow, Tower Hamlets, London E3 | 8 minutes from Idea Store Bow
The award-winning Yummy Pub Co has expanded recently with their latest London venture of transforming The Victoria in Mile End into a trendy gastropub. Formerly a ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Crown
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
223 Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, London E3 | 10 minutes from Idea Store Bow
This used to be an excellent gastro pub overlooking Victoria Park - one where all the food and drink was certified organic. That was before it ... More
 
 
 
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Nightlife near Idea Store Bow

Idea Store Bow clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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The Fringe
London > Nightlife > Bars
Swan Wharf, Old Ford Lock, E3 | 11 minutes from Idea Store Bow
A pop up private members' club in a former Victorian stable in Swan Wharf, a 100-metre walk from the Olympic Park, The Fringe is the place ... More
 
 
 
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Crate Brewery
London > Nightlife > Bars
Queen's Yard, E9 | 15 minutes from Idea Store Bow
A craft brewery and pizzeria overlooking the canal, Crate Brewery offers a unique location to enjoy a pizza and a pint in a former print factory ... More
 
 
 
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Mick's Garage
London > Nightlife > Bars
Unit 8 Queens Yard, E9 | 15 minutes from Idea Store Bow
Coming from Crate Brewery - their tap room is across the yard - it's no surprise that Mick's Garage gets the craft beer flowing. But more ... More
 
 
 
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Meeting venue hire near Idea Store Bow

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near Idea Store Bow.
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Christ Church Spitalfields
London > Business > Venue Hire
2 Fournier Street, Broadgate, Spitalfields, London E1 | 2.1 miles from Idea Store Bow
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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Bistrotheque
London > Business > Venue Hire
23-27 Wadeson Street, Hackney, London E2 | 21 minutes from Idea Store Bow
... More
 
 
 
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Museum of London Docklands
London > Business > Venue Hire
No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay, Hertsmere Road, Tower Hamlets, London E14 | 34 minutes from Idea Store Bow
In keeping with its waterside location, the Museum of London Docklands focuses on the history of the East End with particular emphasis on the River Thames ... More
 
 
 
 

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