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
LibraryEstablishment
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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6 local reviews
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. Barbican Hall
2. Barbican Hall
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105 local reviews
Silk St, London
+44 20 7638 8891
Performing Arts Venue
Leora
Theatre, symphony, gallery, movie theatre, library
Jo
One for the architecturally curious. The Barbican is an arts and entertainment centre, and an architect's muse…
Ben
Renowned art centre
2. Barbican Hall
2. Barbican Hall
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105 local reviews
Silk St, London
+44 20 7638 8891
Leora
Leora
Theatre, symphony, gallery, movie theatre, library
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…
Ben
Ben
Renowned art centre
3. Southbank Centre
3. Southbank Centre
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90 local reviews
Belvedere Road, Lon
Open now
0844 875 0073
Establishment
Dennis
The Southbank Centre is a riverside titan of arts and entertainment and is one of the most attractive cultural…
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…
3. Southbank Centre
3. Southbank Centre
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90 local reviews
Belvedere Road, Lon
Open now
0844 875 0073
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…
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…
4. Wellcome Trust
4. Wellcome Trust
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6 local reviews
215 Euston Road, London
Open now
020 7611 8888
Establishment
Theresa
The Wellcome Collection has interesting exhibitions on medical and scientifically related topics - it is for f…
Ash
Again, really interesting exhibitions to do with the body. Great cafe and library.
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
Open now
020 7611 8888
Theresa
Theresa
The Wellcome Collection has interesting exhibitions on medical and scientifically related topics - it is for free but by popularity, it is r…
Ash
Ash
Again, really interesting exhibitions to do with the body. Great cafe and library.
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
Alex
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.
Carola
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
Alex
Alex
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.
Carola
Carola
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
Open now
020 8743 3584
Establishment
Tamara
Set in an iconic former library building, dating back to 1900s, its not just a theatre, but a cool library bar…
Laura
Great local theatre in a converted library
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
Open now
020 8743 3584
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…
Laura
Laura
Great local theatre in a converted library
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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64 local reviews
96 Euston Rd, London
Open now
+44 33 0333 1144
Library
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…
7. The British Library
7. The British Library
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64 local reviews
96 Euston Rd, London
Open now
+44 33 0333 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…
8. Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre
8. Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre
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7 local reviews
Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre
Open 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
Open 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
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…
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
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.
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
Open now
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 …
10. Idea Store Whitechapel
10. Idea Store Whitechapel
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3 local reviews
321 Whitechapel Road, London
Open now
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…
11. Shepherds Bush Library
11. Shepherds Bush Library
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2 local reviews
LibraryEstablishment
Jay
Dedicated spaces for study, quiet reading and children’s activities Meeting and exhibition spaces Quick…
Serena
State of the art library
Serena
State of the art library
11. Shepherds Bush Library
11. Shepherds Bush Library
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2 local reviews
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
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
Open 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
Open 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. …