The London Library is available for exclusive evening hire for a range of private and corporate events, including networking, dinners, receptions, awards, presentations, launches and celebrations. With an enviable location directly off St James’s Square and a minute’s walk from Piccadilly and Pall Mall, the Library’s stunning, yet modest façade hides a wealth of amazing features making it one of the most unique spaces in London. Hire is available on Wednesday – Saturday evenings, after 5.30pm and day hire is available on Sundays.
The London Library was created in 1841 and since 1845 has sat at the present site on St James’ Square. It is the largest independent lending library in the world and hold over 1,000,000 books stored across over 17 miles of open access bookshelves. Past members have included the likes of Charles Dickens, Bram Stoker, Virginia Woolf and Laurence Olivier.
The Reading Room is our main event space and offers stunning views across St James’s Square, plus double-height, book-lined walls and elegant ironwork balustrades, and sits at the historic heart of the Library. The Reading Room provides a flexible and atmospheric space whether you are looking to host a sophisticated dinner, a presentation or a reception. As well as the main space, the balustrades can be used for speeches or small performances and offer guests a great view of the events.
Hire of the Library is available on an exclusive basis and can include private tours and curated displays of the Library’s treasures for an unforgettable experience.
There are also smaller event spaces to use, including the Issue Hall which can be used for pre-dinner drinks, the Art Room which can be used as a green room for bigger events, and our former committee room which when not used as a field kitchen for events in the Reading Room, makes a beautiful space for intimate dinners.