As one of the oldest lending libraries in the world, this new venue has not only been the sanctuary of some of the most renowned novelists of our time, but also boasts impressive architectural details. Extravagant reds, greens and dark teak wood match original features such as pillars, fireplaces and ironwork balustrades. Modern areas can be found too, although with accents of bronze and glass. The stand-out space is the Reading Room, with its huge capacity and book-lined walls. We also recommend having your guests arrive through The Issue Hall, using the original book-issue counter to place your drinks. Find more details on each of the rooms below.
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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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.
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.
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.
Opposite the Reading Room, the Sackler 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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