Best libraries in London

Check out the top libraries in London, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Peckham Library
1. Peckham Library
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5 local reviews
122 Peckham Hill St, London
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
+44 20 7525 2000
LibraryPoint of interestEstablishment
Liz
Library - easy walking distance
Emily
For when you need a mental workout, Peckham Library is open throughout the week, including Sundays!
John
Iconic library architecture
1. Peckham Library
1. Peckham Library
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5 local reviews
122 Peckham Hill St, London
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
+44 20 7525 2000
Liz
Liz
Library - easy walking distance
Emily
Emily
For when you need a mental workout, Peckham Library is open throughout the week, including Sundays!
John
John
Iconic library architecture
2. Broadway Market
2. Broadway Market
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356 local reviews
Broadway Market, London
Route
Benjamin
Shops, Coffee Shops, Restaurants and Bars. And a canal with canal boats that sometimes host libraries and weir…
Audrey & Jess
Nice street next to the London Fields with a cool food market every Saturdays, a lot of good restaurantsand pu…
Alix
Fabulously trendy street in the heart of Funkdom. Art & craft galleries, cafes, restaurants, bars and a pumpin…
2. Broadway Market
2. Broadway Market
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356 local reviews
Broadway Market, London
Benjamin
Benjamin
Shops, Coffee Shops, Restaurants and Bars. And a canal with canal boats that sometimes host libraries and weird stuff (private or public, no…
Audrey & Jess
Audrey & Jess
Nice street next to the London Fields with a cool food market every Saturdays, a lot of good restaurantsand pubs, nice shops, libraries, org…
Alix
Alix
Fabulously trendy street in the heart of Funkdom. Art & craft galleries, cafes, restaurants, bars and a pumping Saturday street market with …
3. Barbican Centre
3. Barbican Centre
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105 local reviews
Silk St, London
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
+44 20 7638 4141
Art galleryLibraryMovie theater
Jo
One for the architecturally curious. The Barbican is an arts and entertainment centre, and an architect's muse…
Leora
Theatre, symphony, gallery, movie theatre, library
Ben
Renowned art centre
3. Barbican Centre
3. Barbican Centre
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105 local reviews
Silk St, London
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
+44 20 7638 4141
Jo
Jo
One for the architecturally curious. The Barbican is an arts and entertainment centre, and an architect's muse. Includes a lake, bars, resta…
Leora
Leora
Theatre, symphony, gallery, movie theatre, library
Ben
Ben
Renowned art centre
4. Purcell Room
4. Purcell Room
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101 local reviews
Belvedere Rd, London
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+44 20 7960 4200
Point of interestEstablishment
Dennis
The Southbank Centre is a riverside titan of arts and entertainment and is one of the most attractive cultural…
Nimota
This riverside titan of arts and entertainment has morphed and expanded in the past few years securing its pos…
Stephen
Southbank Centre is a complex of artistic venues in London, England, on the South Bank of the River Thames (be…
4. Purcell Room
4. Purcell Room
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101 local reviews
Belvedere Rd, London
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+44 20 7960 4200
Dennis
Dennis
The Southbank Centre is a riverside titan of arts and entertainment and is one of the most attractive cultural hotspots in London. Caters fo…
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 attra…
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 Wa…
5. Wellcome Trust
5. Wellcome Trust
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6 local reviews
215 Euston Road, London
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
020 7611 8888
Establishment
Ash
Again, really interesting exhibitions to do with the body. Great cafe and library.
Theresa
The Wellcome Collection has interesting exhibitions on medical and scientifically related topics - it is for f…
James
A Great collection for those with artistic/scientific interests.
5. Wellcome Trust
5. Wellcome Trust
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6 local reviews
215 Euston Road, London
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
020 7611 8888
Ash
Ash
Again, really interesting exhibitions to do with the body. Great cafe and library.
Theresa
Theresa
The Wellcome Collection has interesting exhibitions on medical and scientifically related topics - it is for free but by popularity, it is r…
James
James
A Great collection for those with artistic/scientific interests.
6. The Phene
6. The Phene
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9 local reviews
9 Phene Street, London
Closed · Opens 12:00 PM (noon)
020 7352 9898
BarEstablishment
Carola
Converted pub with purple-velvet lounge bar, library-themed dining room and beach bar-style terrace.
Alex
Converted pub with purple-velvet lounge bar, library-themed dining room and beach bar-style terrace.
Alison
Converted pub with purple-velvet lounge bar, library-themed dining room and beach bar-style terrace.
6. The Phene
6. The Phene
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9 local reviews
9 Phene Street, London
Closed · Opens 12:00 PM (noon)
020 7352 9898
Carola
Carola
Converted pub with purple-velvet lounge bar, library-themed dining room and beach bar-style terrace.
Alex
Alex
Converted pub with purple-velvet lounge bar, library-themed dining room and beach bar-style terrace.
Alison
Alison
Converted pub with purple-velvet lounge bar, library-themed dining room and beach bar-style terrace.
7. Bush Theatre
7. Bush Theatre
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23 local reviews
7 Uxbridge Road, London
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
020 8743 3584
Establishment
Daniel & Marsio
Newly renovated local theatre showing 'off-West-End' plays and other types of performance. Easy to reach by bu…
Tamara
Set in an iconic former library building, dating back to 1900s, its not just a theatre, but a cool library bar…
Victoria
Good plays and a nice library atmosphere in the cafe to work in.
7. Bush Theatre
7. Bush Theatre
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23 local reviews
7 Uxbridge Road, London
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
020 8743 3584
Daniel & Marsio
Daniel & Marsio
Newly renovated local theatre showing 'off-West-End' plays and other types of performance. Easy to reach by bus, tube or bike. Lots of place…
Tamara
Tamara
Set in an iconic former library building, dating back to 1900s, its not just a theatre, but a cool library bar and an outdoor cafe buzzing f…
Victoria
Victoria
Good plays and a nice library atmosphere in the cafe to work in.
8. Hackney Museum
8. Hackney Museum
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6 local reviews
Hackney Museum, London
Closed · Opens 9:30 AM
MuseumEstablishment
Megan
A little history of Hackney below the library
Keli
A fascinating little museum tracing Hackney and East London local history through well set-up temporary and pe…
Lisa
A nice little museum about Hackney. Free, with many interactive displays for children. Clean and quiet.
8. Hackney Museum
8. Hackney Museum
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6 local reviews
Hackney Museum, London
Closed · Opens 9:30 AM
Megan
Megan
A little history of Hackney below the library
Keli
Keli
A fascinating little museum tracing Hackney and East London local history through well set-up temporary and permanent exhibits, with partici…
Lisa
Lisa
A nice little museum about Hackney. Free, with many interactive displays for children. Clean and quiet.
9. The British Library
9. The British Library
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63 local reviews
96 Euston Rd, London
Closed · Opens 9:30 AM
+44 330 333 1144
LibraryPoint of interestEstablishment
Happy London Couple
National library of the United Kingdom. A major research library, holding over 150 million items from many co…
William
A copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland is sent to The British Library – an institute that …
Julian
The world’s largest library, also boasts temporary exhibitions and a great permanent collection. 28 Apr-29 Aug…
9. The British Library
9. The British Library
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63 local reviews
96 Euston Rd, London
Closed · Opens 9:30 AM
+44 330 333 1144
Happy London Couple
Happy London Couple
National library of the United Kingdom. A major research library, holding over 150 million items from many countries. Contains the Magna Ca…
William
William
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 mo…
Julian
Julian
The world’s largest library, also boasts temporary exhibitions and a great permanent collection. 28 Apr-29 Aug: Russian Revolution: Hope, Tr…
10. Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre
10. Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre
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7 local reviews
Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
020 7974 2012
Establishment
Chere
A great gym with daily fees - it has a climbing wall! Also has a lovely Moroccan restaurant, cafe and a librar…
Ritsema
Great for kids, has a rock climbing wall, swimming, a library...
Martin
Huge sports center with 2 large swimming pools, gym, tennis courts, etc.
10. Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre
10. Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre
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7 local reviews
Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
020 7974 2012
Chere
Chere
A great gym with daily fees - it has a climbing wall! Also has a lovely Moroccan restaurant, cafe and a library in the complex.
Ritsema
Ritsema
Great for kids, has a rock climbing wall, swimming, a library...
Martin
Martin
Huge sports center with 2 large swimming pools, gym, tennis courts, etc.
11. Canada Water Library
11. Canada Water Library
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7 local reviews
Canada Water Library
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
020 7525 2000
Establishment
Alexander
You can print and surf the web at Canada Water library on top of having a coffee or reading a book
Wenfei
Free community library. You can find lots of travel books about London, UK and Europe in this library. Good pl…
Mary
Excellent library with events regularly, second busiest to British Library at Kings Cross
11. Canada Water Library
11. Canada Water Library
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7 local reviews
Canada Water Library
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
020 7525 2000
Alexander
Alexander
You can print and surf the web at Canada Water library on top of having a coffee or reading a book
Wenfei
Wenfei
Free community library. You can find lots of travel books about London, UK and Europe in this library. Good place to arrange your travel.
Mary
Mary
Excellent library with events regularly, second busiest to British Library at Kings Cross
12. Idea Store Whitechapel
12. Idea Store Whitechapel
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3 local reviews
321 Whitechapel Road, London
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
020 7364 4332
LibraryEstablishment
Alejandro
RIBA Award Winner 2006 - the IDEA STORE concept embodies a radical rethink of the old Public Library and is ho…
Alejandra
A re-thought library in a very cool building by Architect David Adjaye. There is a café on the top floor with …
Blair
The £4.5 million public library was jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Tower Hamlets Council offering …
12. Idea Store Whitechapel
12. Idea Store Whitechapel
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3 local reviews
321 Whitechapel Road, London
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
020 7364 4332
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 bu…
Alejandra
Alejandra
A re-thought library in a very cool building by Architect David Adjaye. There is a café on the top floor with great views over the London sk…
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 li…