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Archives Centre visitor information

Opening hours and venue information.


You will need to be a member of Westminster libraries to use the archives centre. Please bring your library card with you when you visit.

If you’re not already a member you can join free online.

Opening hours

Day Times
Monday Closed
Tuesday 10am to 7pm
Wednesday 10am to 7pm
Thursday 10am to 7pm
Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday 10am to 5pm
Sunday Closed

Please note, due to issues with heating the Archives Search Room opening times may be restricted. If you are planning to visit without an appointment, please aim to arrive in the afternoon and/or call ahead to confirm availability at 020 7641 5180.

Bookings for archive appointments

We offer an open door service for access to our collections, but encourage advance bookings for microfilm and archive collections which allows us to prepare the material in advance of your visit and ensure it has been put aside for your use. Bookings should be made more than a week in advance via our online form. If you wish to access the Grosvenor collection, this is by appointment only.  

Bookings to access the GRO  

The GRO material is a high demand resource and so we encourage advance bookings by phone on 0207 641 5180. Find out more about the GRO records we hold from our General Register Office indexes page.


For any enquiries regarding access and our collections please email [email protected] 

To find out about research services, please visit our research service page.


Address: City of Westminster Archives Centre, 10 St Ann's Street, London SW1P 2DE 

How to get here 

By train 

Nearest railway station: Victoria

By Underground 

Nearby tube stations: St James's Park (District and Circle lines), Victoria (Victoria line), Westminster (Jubilee line)

By bus 

Buses: 11, 24, 211 along Victoria Street; 88 along Great Smith Street; 507 along Horseferry Road

By cycle 

There are cycle racks located in the street outside the archives centre.


From the street, wheelchair users should be aware there is a downward gradient that leads to a level entrance.  

The searchroom on the fifth floor can be accessed via a lift, which is suitable for use by wheelchair users and others with limited mobility.  

There is level access to an accessible toilet, as well as to the meeting room.


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Contact name
City of Westminster Archives Centre
Contact phone
020 7641 6200
Enquiries email
[email protected]
Enquiries address

United Kingdom

Published: 25 January 2021

Last updated: 26 January 2024