The London Library

Up to 200
Moderate

About The London Library

Founded in 1841, The London Library is an iconic literary institution that boasts over a million books and periodicals dating back to the 18th century. With a number of spaces available for private hire, it’s the perfect venue for lovers of the written word to come together under its rich architecture and impressive bookshelves. The London Library can be hired for a range of corporate and business events, such as meetings, presentations, launches and celebrations, or even as a space to film. 

The venue spans a wide range of spaces, from traditional to contemporary, large to small. The Reading Room is the Library’s largest room available for private hire, with a capacity of up to 200 people standing or 100 for dinner, and offering stunning views across St James’s Square. It’s also one of the most impressive spaces, with soaring book-lined walls and iron balustrades, and offers flexible hire options. Choose to host presentations or drinks receptions in the main space, as well as speeches and small performances from the railed balconies.  

The Issue Hall is a slightly smaller formal space for up to 100 guests and is often used as a welcome or pre-dinner drinks reception area in conjunction with The Reading Room. For smaller events such as meetings or intimate dining, The Study is a traditional space designed in faux recency style which affords a grand feel to the room, with one long wooden table in the centre able to seat 12 people for a meal.  

Finally, The Art Room is the best place to revel in the library’s impressive art and architecture collection, and works well as a reception space or private VIP drinks area.  

The London Library works with a range of trusted suppliers, including caterers, production companies and florists, who are well versed at working with heritage venues to create truly outstanding events.  

 

Venue Facilities
Caterer not restricted
Disability access
Exclusive Hire
Wifi available

Good to know

Delegates/Guests
Up to 200
Venue Hire Cost
Moderate
Venue Type
Institutions, Meeting room, Party venue
Venue Style
Grand, Historic, Light and Bright, Traditional
Event Atmosphere
Exclusive, Intimate, Relaxed

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The London Library Rooms

Art Room

Art Room

50
Standing
12
Banquet

This recently refurbished space featuring the venue's extensive art and architecture collection is a modern and inspiring space for drinks receptions. It can also serve as a private area for VIP drinks during larger events.

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Issue Hall

Issue Hall

100
Standing

Reached through the main entrance of the Library directly from St James’ Square, the Issue Hall offers a grand arrival point and is the an ideal spot for a drinks reception. It is a working space during the day, but can be converted into a registration and welcome area for larger standing events in the Reading Room, for instance. Clients are welcome to use the existing book-issue counters for this, maintaining the look and feel of the historic space and reducing the amount of set-up needed.

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Lightwell Reading Room

Lightwell Reading Room

30
Standing
10
Banquet

Created from a former central lightwell and reaching four storeys high, this exclusive space is excellent for smaller drinks receptions or as a VIP area away from the main space during larger events. Allowing glimpses into every wing of the library and featuring patinated bronze panelling, this is one of the most contemporary spaces in the Library.

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Reading Room

Reading Room

100
Meeting
200
Standing
100
Banquet

Offering impressive views across St James’s Square, the double-height, book-lined walls and elegant ironwork balustrades of this room make it the main space for events. Located at the heart of the venue, it is particularly suitable for theatre-style presentation or award ceremonies.

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The Study

The Study

40
Standing
14
Banquet

Opposite the Reading Room, the Study is the Library's former committee room, and is the place for intimate dining or a small drinks reception. Guests can enjoy the faux regency design of the space, complete with original Robert Adam fireplace.

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Location

14 St James's Square, St. James's, London, SW1Y 4LG

020 7766 4795

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Testimonials For The London Library

Hugely impressedJANUARY, 2020

We were hugely impressed by the whole team at The London Library, who were impeccably organised, thoughtful and attentive both in the run-up and during the event. The evening was a huge success and a particularly memorable one in the Library's exquisite interior. We could not have asked for a better venue and colleagues.

Josh from Faber & Faber


FAQs

Does The London Library offer disabled access?

Yes, the majority of spaces are accessible by wheelchair

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When can I hire a space at The London Library?

Hire of The London Library is is available Wednesday - Saturday evenings from 5:30pm

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