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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6 local reviews
122 Peckham Hill Street, London
Closed now
020 7525 2000
LibraryEstablishment
Emily
For when you need a mental workout, Peckham Library is open throughout the week, including Sundays!
Liz
Library - easy walking distance
John
Iconic library architecture
1. Peckham Library
1. Peckham Library
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6 local reviews
122 Peckham Hill Street, London
Closed now
020 7525 2000
Emily
Emily
For when you need a mental workout, Peckham Library is open throughout the week, including Sundays!
Liz
Liz
Library - easy walking distance
John
John
Iconic library architecture
2. Barbican Hall
2. Barbican Hall
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105 local reviews
Silk St, London
+44 20 7638 8891
Performing Arts Venue
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
Sebastian
Great modern brutalist building full of cultural things to do
2. Barbican Hall
2. Barbican Hall
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105 local reviews
Silk St, London
+44 20 7638 8891
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
Sebastian
Sebastian
Great modern brutalist building full of cultural things to do
3. Southbank Centre
3. Southbank Centre
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89 local reviews
Belvedere Road, Lon
Closed now
0844 875 0073
Establishment
Jon
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…
Dennis
The Southbank Centre is a riverside titan of arts and entertainment and is one of the most attractive cultural…
3. Southbank Centre
3. Southbank Centre
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89 local reviews
Belvedere Road, Lon
Closed now
0844 875 0073
Jon
Jon
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…
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…
4. Wellcome Trust
4. Wellcome Trust
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6 local reviews
215 Euston Road, London
Closed now
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.
4. Wellcome Trust
4. Wellcome Trust
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6 local reviews
215 Euston Road, London
Closed now
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.
5. The Phene
5. The Phene
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9 local reviews
9 Phene Street, London
Closed now
020 7352 9898
BarEstablishment
Carola
Converted pub with purple-velvet lounge bar, library-themed dining room and beach bar-style terrace.
Guy
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.
5. The Phene
5. The Phene
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9 local reviews
9 Phene Street, London
Closed now
020 7352 9898
Carola
Carola
Converted pub with purple-velvet lounge bar, library-themed dining room and beach bar-style terrace.
Guy
Guy
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.
6. Bush Theatre
6. Bush Theatre
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20 local reviews
7 Uxbridge Road, London
Closed now
020 8743 3584
Establishment
Laura
Great local theatre in a converted library
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.
6. Bush Theatre
6. Bush Theatre
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20 local reviews
7 Uxbridge Road, London
Closed now
020 8743 3584
Laura
Laura
Great local theatre in a converted library
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.
7. The British Library
7. The British Library
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65 local reviews
96 Euston Rd, London
Closed now
+44 33 0333 1144
Library
Julian
The world’s largest library, also boasts temporary exhibitions and a great permanent collection. 28 Apr-29 Aug…
William
A copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland is sent to The British Library – an institute that …
Happy London Couple
National library of the United Kingdom. A major research library, holding over 150 million items from many co…
7. The British Library
7. The British Library
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65 local reviews
96 Euston Rd, London
Closed now
+44 33 0333 1144
Julian
Julian
The world’s largest library, also boasts temporary exhibitions and a great permanent collection. 28 Apr-29 Aug: Russian Revolution: Hope, Tr…
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…
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…
8. Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre
8. Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre
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7 local reviews
Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre
Closed now
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.
8. Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre
8. Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre
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7 local reviews
Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre
Closed now
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.
9. Canada Water Library
9. Canada Water Library
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7 local reviews
Canada Water Library
Closed now
020 7525 2000
Establishment
Wenfei
Free community library. You can find lots of travel books about London, UK and Europe in this library. Good pl…
Alexander
You can print and surf the web at Canada Water library on top of having a coffee or reading a book
Laura
This is a library, but it's also a cultural space with events running all the time, there's a cafe on the grou…
9. Canada Water Library
9. Canada Water Library
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7 local reviews
Canada Water Library
Closed now
020 7525 2000
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.
Alexander
Alexander
You can print and surf the web at Canada Water library on top of having a coffee or reading a book
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…
10. Idea Store Whitechapel
10. Idea Store Whitechapel
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3 local reviews
321 Whitechapel Road, London
Closed now
020 7364 4332
LibraryEstablishment
Blair
The £4.5 million public library was jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Tower Hamlets Council offering …
Alejandra
A re-thought library in a very cool building by Architect David Adjaye. There is a café on the top floor with …
Alejandro
RIBA Award Winner 2006 - the IDEA STORE concept embodies a radical rethink of the old Public Library and is ho…
10. Idea Store Whitechapel
10. Idea Store Whitechapel
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3 local reviews
321 Whitechapel Road, London
Closed now
020 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 li…
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…
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…
11. Shepherds Bush Library
11. Shepherds Bush Library
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2 local reviews
LibraryEstablishment
Serena
State of the art library
Jay
Dedicated spaces for study, quiet reading and children’s activities Meeting and exhibition spaces Quick…
Serena
State of the art library
11. Shepherds Bush Library
11. Shepherds Bush Library
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2 local reviews
Serena
Serena
State of the art library
Jay
Jay
Dedicated spaces for study, quiet reading and children’s activities Meeting and exhibition spaces Quick reference and local informati…
Serena
Serena
State of the art library
12. Cinnamon Club
12. Cinnamon Club
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11 local reviews
30-32 Great Smith Street, London
Closed now
020 7222 2555
BarRestaurantFood
Emily
Innovative Indian dishes served in book-lined former Victorian library with downstairs cocktail bar.
Julia
Housed in the most romantic of settings, Cinnamon Club is set in the heart of Westminster’s former majestic li…
Clare Frances
Some of the best Indian food you will ever taste, some sister restaurants in Soho and the City. The setting h…
12. Cinnamon Club
12. Cinnamon Club
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11 local reviews
30-32 Great Smith Street, London
Closed now
020 7222 2555
Emily
Emily
Innovative Indian dishes served in book-lined former Victorian library with downstairs cocktail bar.
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 ill…
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. …