Best libraries in London

Check out the top libraries in London, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. The British Library
1. The British Library
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259 local reviews
96 Euston Rd
Closed · Opens 11:00 AM
+44 330 333 1144
LibraryPoint of interestEstablishment
Stephen
The British Library is the UK’s national library. Sir John Ritblat: Treasures of the British Library Gallery…
The London Residents Club
A copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland is sent to The British Library – an institute that…
Michael
The British Library is an amazing place for studying, and you can easily pick up a membership card in just 5…
1. The British Library
1. The British Library
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259 local reviews
96 Euston Rd
Closed · Opens 11:00 AM
+44 330 333 1144
Stephen
Stephen
The British Library is the UK’s national library. Sir John Ritblat: Treasures of the British Library Gallery is 'The holy grail for history…
The London Residents Club
The London Residents Club
A copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland is sent to The British Library – an institute that has amassed a collection of…
Michael
Michael
The British Library is an amazing place for studying, and you can easily pick up a membership card in just 5 minutes from the reception. …
2. The Cinnamon Club
2. The Cinnamon Club
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33 local reviews
Great Smith St
Closed · Opens 12:00 PM (noon)
+44 20 7222 2555
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Christina
The Cinnamon Club is surely for a particular set of suited Parliamentary visitors, where sitting down to a £95…
Julia
Housed in the most romantic of settings, Cinnamon Club is set in the heart of Westminster’s former majestic…
Clare Frances
Some of the best Indian food you will ever taste, some sister restaurants in Soho and the City. The setting…
2. The Cinnamon Club
2. The Cinnamon Club
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33 local reviews
Great Smith St
Closed · Opens 12:00 PM (noon)
+44 20 7222 2555
Christina
Christina
The Cinnamon Club is surely for a particular set of suited Parliamentary visitors, where sitting down to a £95 set menu of contemporary,…
Julia
Julia
Housed in the most romantic of settings, Cinnamon Club is set in the heart of Westminster’s former majestic library. Heading up London’s…
Clare Frances
Clare Frances
Some of the best Indian food you will ever taste, some sister restaurants in Soho and the City. The setting here in Westminster is a joy. …
3. Canada Water Library
3. Canada Water Library
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24 local reviews
21 Surrey Quays Rd
Closed · Opens 12:00 PM (noon)
+44 20 7525 2000
LibraryPoint of interestEstablishment
Kris
You can explore the old transportation canals of Canada Water by starting from the iconic library building…
Mimi
20-25 minutes walk away, this is a very modern library with a fantastic cafe providing delicious cakes, coffee…
Laura
This is a library, but it's also a cultural space with events running all the time, there's a cafe on the…
3. Canada Water Library
3. Canada Water Library
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24 local reviews
21 Surrey Quays Rd
Closed · Opens 12:00 PM (noon)
+44 20 7525 2000
Kris
Kris
You can explore the old transportation canals of Canada Water by starting from the iconic library building. Nice walk through this area…
Mimi
Mimi
20-25 minutes walk away, this is a very modern library with a fantastic cafe providing delicious cakes, coffee and sandwiches. Fantastic…
Laura
Laura
This is a library, but it's also a cultural space with events running all the time, there's a cafe on the ground floor and spaces to read or…
4. Draughts - Hackney
4. Draughts - Hackney
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37 local reviews
337 Acton Mews
Open · Closes 11:00 PM
+44 7930 936237
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Filipe
Board games are for life, not just for Christmas. If you’re already skilled at Carcassonne, Pandemic, Seven…
Julia + Stina
Bar/Restaurant to play board games (huge library of all sorts of board games), perfect for a fun evening with…
Mauro
Brick-lined hangout in a railway arch offering beer, a huge library of board games & cafe bites.
4. Draughts - Hackney
4. Draughts - Hackney
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37 local reviews
337 Acton Mews
Open · Closes 11:00 PM
+44 7930 936237
Filipe
Filipe
Board games are for life, not just for Christmas. If you’re already skilled at Carcassonne, Pandemic, Seven Wonders and other modern…
Julia + Stina
Julia + Stina
Bar/Restaurant to play board games (huge library of all sorts of board games), perfect for a fun evening with friends, best to book table!
Mauro
Mauro
Brick-lined hangout in a railway arch offering beer, a huge library of board games & cafe bites.
5. Southbank Centre
5. Southbank Centre
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63 local reviews
Southbank Centre, London
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Nimota
This riverside titan of arts and entertainment has morphed and expanded in the past few years securing its…
Stephen
Southbank Centre is a complex of artistic venues in London, England, on the South Bank of the River Thames…
Theresa
Southbank Centre is a complex of artistic venues in London, England, on the South Bank of the River Thames…
5. Southbank Centre
5. Southbank Centre
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63 local reviews
Southbank Centre, London
Nimota
Nimota
This riverside titan of arts and entertainment has morphed and expanded in the past few years securing its position as one of the most…
Stephen
Stephen
Southbank Centre is a complex of artistic venues in London, England, on the South Bank of the River Thames (between Hungerford Bridge and…
Theresa
Theresa
Southbank Centre is a complex of artistic venues in London, England, on the South Bank of the River Thames (between Hungerford Bridge and…
6. Idea Store
6. Idea Store
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10 local reviews
321 Whitechapel Rd
Closed · Opens 11:00 AM
+44 20 7364 4332
LibraryPoint of interestEstablishment
Blair
The £4.5 million public library was jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Tower Hamlets Council offering…
Isabel And Paul
Library with café. On 23rd August at 2pm-3pm there will be a talk on Joseph Merrick (the Elephant Man) who was…
Alejandro
RIBA Award Winner 2006 - the IDEA STORE concept embodies a radical rethink of the old Public Library and is…
6. Idea Store
6. Idea Store
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10 local reviews
321 Whitechapel Rd
Closed · Opens 11:00 AM
+44 20 7364 4332
Blair
Blair
The £4.5 million public library was jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Tower Hamlets Council offering adult, youth and children's…
Isabel And Paul
Isabel And Paul
Library with café. On 23rd August at 2pm-3pm there will be a talk on Joseph Merrick (the Elephant Man) who was sadly disfigured by Proteus…
Alejandro
Alejandro
RIBA Award Winner 2006 - the IDEA STORE concept embodies a radical rethink of the old Public Library and is housed in a vibrant new glass…
7. Peckham Library
7. Peckham Library
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19 local reviews
122 Peckham Hill St
Closed · Opens 12:00 PM (noon)
+44 20 7525 2000
LibraryPoint of interestEstablishment
Lisa
Free internet access here. And on a Sunday just outside the library is a farmers market between 9am-1pm for…
Emily
For when you need a mental workout, Peckham Library is open throughout the week, including Sundays!
Emma
Amazing view of London from the Children's library section. 15min walk or 78 bus.
7. Peckham Library
7. Peckham Library
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19 local reviews
122 Peckham Hill St
Closed · Opens 12:00 PM (noon)
+44 20 7525 2000
Lisa
Lisa
Free internet access here. And on a Sunday just outside the library is a farmers market between 9am-1pm for some yummy produce!
Emily
Emily
For when you need a mental workout, Peckham Library is open throughout the week, including Sundays!
Emma
Emma
Amazing view of London from the Children's library section. 15min walk or 78 bus.
8. Barbican Centre
8. Barbican Centre
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271 local reviews
Silk St
Closed · Opens 11:00 AM
+44 20 7638 4141
Art galleryLibraryMovie theater
Shaina
The Barbican is hard to fathom until you're really there - the scope is genuinely behemoth. It's such an…
Jennifer
The Barbican Centre is a performing arts centre in the Barbican Estate of the City of London and the largest…
Jo
One for the architecturally curious. The Barbican is an arts and entertainment centre, and an architect's…
8. Barbican Centre
8. Barbican Centre
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271 local reviews
Silk St
Closed · Opens 11:00 AM
+44 20 7638 4141
Shaina
Shaina
The Barbican is hard to fathom until you're really there - the scope is genuinely behemoth. It's such an important work of design and…
Jennifer
Jennifer
The Barbican Centre is a performing arts centre in the Barbican Estate of the City of London and the largest of its kind in Europe. The…
Jo
Jo
One for the architecturally curious. The Barbican is an arts and entertainment centre, and an architect's muse. Includes a lake, bars,…
9. Wellcome Collection
9. Wellcome Collection
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73 local reviews
183 Euston Rd
Closed · Opens 11:00 AM
+44 20 7611 2222
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Adele
"The free destination for the incurably curious" Located at 183 Euston Road, London, it explores the…
Lorry
Museum, library, cafe, restaurant, gallery. All things health and medical. Has a wonderful reading room which…
Celia
Free destination for the incurably curious! Contemporary & historic exhibitions, collections, lively public…
9. Wellcome Collection
9. Wellcome Collection
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73 local reviews
183 Euston Rd
Closed · Opens 11:00 AM
+44 20 7611 2222
Adele
Adele
"The free destination for the incurably curious" Located at 183 Euston Road, London, it explores the connections between medicine, life and…
Lorry
Lorry
Museum, library, cafe, restaurant, gallery. All things health and medical. Has a wonderful reading room which is a great place to hang out…
Celia
Celia
Free destination for the incurably curious! Contemporary & historic exhibitions, collections, lively public events, world-renowned Wellcome…
10. Shepherds Bush Library
10. Shepherds Bush Library
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12 local reviews
6 Wood Ln
Closed · Opens 11:00 AM
+44 20 8753 3842
LibraryPoint of interestEstablishment
Jay
Located at Westfield London, the £2 million library is one of the most exciting and innovative libraries in…
Kristina
One of the most exciting and innovative libraries in the country fitted out with the latest high tech gadgets…
Arabella
Local library, 2 mins walk way. Public so you can walk in and read newspapers, print documents etc. Great kids…
10. Shepherds Bush Library
10. Shepherds Bush Library
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12 local reviews
6 Wood Ln
Closed · Opens 11:00 AM
+44 20 8753 3842
Jay
Jay
Located at Westfield London, the £2 million library is one of the most exciting and innovative libraries in the country and has something…
Kristina
Kristina
One of the most exciting and innovative libraries in the country fitted out with the latest high tech gadgets with self-service terminals,…
Arabella
Arabella
Local library, 2 mins walk way. Public so you can walk in and read newspapers, print documents etc. Great kids corner if you go in and turn…
11. 40-42 Brendon St
11. 40-42 Brendon St
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6 local reviews
40-42 Brendon St, London
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Mantas
Home smoked ribs, in house Whisky Library (with over 200 varieties), interesting selction of cask & craft…
11. 40-42 Brendon St
11. 40-42 Brendon St
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6 local reviews
40-42 Brendon St, London
Mantas
Mantas
Home smoked ribs, in house Whisky Library (with over 200 varieties), interesting selction of cask & craft beers.
12. Croydon Central Library
12. Croydon Central Library
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6 local reviews
Katharine St, Croydon
Closed · Opens Monday 9:00 AM
020 8760 5400
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Temi
A multi-storey library at the centre of Croydon where you can find any type of book you may be looking for!…
Isabella
The Croydon library hosts a private art house cinema and museum. If you have children they have activities in…
Darie
The Croydon Library and Clock Tower. Built in 1896 and still serving locals today, one of the most used…
12. Croydon Central Library
12. Croydon Central Library
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6 local reviews
Katharine St, Croydon
Closed · Opens Monday 9:00 AM
020 8760 5400
Temi
Temi
A multi-storey library at the centre of Croydon where you can find any type of book you may be looking for! Lovely building with cafe and…
Isabella
Isabella
The Croydon library hosts a private art house cinema and museum. If you have children they have activities in the morning.
Darie
Darie
The Croydon Library and Clock Tower. Built in 1896 and still serving locals today, one of the most used library's in UK.