Events at Westminster libraries

Westminster libraries host many events and workshops which differ in each library. View all special events by date in the upcoming events section or browse through the guide to find events at your local library, including regulars such as book groups and rhyme time sessions. Westminster City Archives also holds regular events.

Follow us on social media for updates and news, or follow our blog, Books and the City, to read the stories behind our events and activities.

View opening times and contact details for all Westminster libraries. Find out about holiday and other closure dates.

1. Upcoming events

Ongoing events, news and exhibitions

Special events and news

2. Charing Cross Library

View Charing Cross library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Charing Cross Library will be holding special events for children of all ages during the school holidays, pop in to collect a special Summer Reading Challenge events programme and find out how to join in.

Cantonese summer party for children

Sunday 15 July, 1.45pm to 3.30pm.

There will be lots of activities including group games, crafts, songs, videos, a lucky dip and an introductory online Cantonese lesson for children and parents.

Free event but places are limited. Book a place by Thursday 12 July by completing an online form 

Or email: rainbow.seeds.hk@gmail.com  or call 07491595127

Boo Hiccup magic and puppet show

Wednesday 1 August, 10.30am.

Boo Hiccup will excite and entertain with magic and puppets in a delightfully mischievous show for young children and their parents.

Free event that's suitable for children under the age of 5. No need to book, just turn up.

Tiny Tunes

Monday 6 August, 10.30am to 11am.

Come and enjoy singing, using shakers and dancing in this fun musical session with Tiny Tunes.

Free event that is suitable for children under the age of 5. No need to book, just turn up.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular children's events run during term-time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time and date Information
Songs and rhymes for under 5s Tuesday, 10.30am to 11.30am Read more about sessions for under 5s
Play Cantonese Second and fourth Wednesday of every month, 10.30am to 11.30am An under 5s baby and toddler group with stories and songs in Cantonese
Chinese parent and child group Monthly on Sunday For more information contact Dr Lingjie Wang by email
lingjiewang@hotmail.com

Regular events for adults

Event Time and date  Information
Healthy lifestyle checks Monday, 12pm to 2.30pm Free health checks by the Westminster Health Improvement Team. No need to book a place, just turn up
 
Learn Mandarin Monday, 6pm to 7.30pm Contact Charing Cross Library for more information and to confirm dates
Free computer training Every other Monday, 2pm to 4pm One-to-one basic computer and internet skills tuition. Email, searching online, completing forms, laptop, tablet and smartphone assistance - hourly places need to be booked at the library
Traditional Chinese painting classes 

Tuesday, 11am to 4pm (with a break for lunch)

Saturday, 11am to 1pm

Five classes of traditional Chinese landscape painting starting Tuesday 6 March 2018.

Ten classes of traditional Chinese painting of flowers and birds starting Saturday 3 March 2018.

For more information about fees, email info@orientalgallery.co.uk or phone 07956 227 997

Painting workshops by London Mandarin Arts Saturday and Sunday afternoons Art classes for people with no previous experience; you will be to complete a picture in an afternoon. For more information, contact London Mandarin Arts
Chinese London Reading Club Monthly This is a lively and friendly Chinese language group which meets once a month for reading discussions. For more information contact the organiser, Ms Bai by email aihaoshu@gmail.com
Beautiful Life Chinese reading group Monthly on Friday For more information contact the group's organiser by email yoyochen082010@gmail.com

 

3. Church Street Library

View Church Street library contact details and opening hours

Special events and news

Church Street Library will be holding special events for children of all ages during the school holidays, pop in to collect a special Summer Reading Challenge events programme and find out how to join in.

Summer health advice

Thursday 19 July, midday to 2pm.

Like some summer health advice? The Westminster Health Improvement Team can help answer your questions about vitamin D, healthy eating and keeping cool. Free blood pressure checks too.

Free and no need to book, just turn up.

Make your own slime

Monday 23 July, 2pm to 4pm.

Join Learning Unlimited for slime, splodge and splatter. Try our recipe for slime and show us yours.

Free event that is suitable for children over the age of 5. Children must be accompanied by an adult; maximum of 2 children per adult. To book a place, contact Church Street Library

Learn and play

Monday 30 July, 2pm to 3.30pm.

Create lasting memories with this photo frame collage activity, with the help our conservator from our Archives Centre.

Free event that is suitable for children over the age of 5. No need to book, just turn up.

Tiny Tunes

Thursday 9 August, 10.30am to 11am.

Come and enjoy singing, using shakers and dancing in this fun musical session with Tiny Tunes.

Free event that is suitable for children under the age of 5. No need to book, just turn up.

Mischief Makers theatre workshop

Monday 13 August, 11am to midday.

Join Freshwater Theatre for a new workshop which will bring this year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme to life, through drama, storytelling, plenty of interactivity and lots of laughter.

Free event that is suitable for children over the age of 5. No need to book, just turn up.

Art workshop with the Wallace Collection

Thursday 16 August, 2pm to 3.30pm.

Join the Wallace Collection to create your very own mischief maker, inspired by the museum’s paintings and objects.

Free event that is suitable for children over the age of 5. No need to book, just turn up.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular children's events run during term time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time and date Information
Story time Tuesday, 4.10pm to 4.45pm Storytelling and a craft activity; suitable for children aged 2 to 6
French club  Every other Tuesday and Wednesday, 4.30pm to 5.15pm Free for 6 to 8 year olds. Games, songs and activities within a small group with a qualified and experienced native French teacher. Booking essential
Read to me  Every Wednesday, 3.45pm to 5.15pm Volunteers are available to listen to your child read during 15 minute sessions. Suitable for children aged 6 to 9 to years old. Contact Church Street Library to sign up. 
Homework club Thursday, 3.45pm to 5.30pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs
Scratch computer coding club Saturday, 12.30pm to 1.30pm A fun club for kids aged 8 to 11. Learn to use code to make games, visuals and programmes. Booking is essential, contact Church Street Library

Regular events for adults

For any of these sessions other than the CV and employment drop-in and IT drop-in sessions (all on Mondays), speak to staff beforehand.

Event Time and date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Look on the health events page for details
English speaking club for men and women Monday, 11.30am to 1.30pm, and Wednesday, 12pm to 1.30pm Improve your spoken English, as well as reading and writing with this free club. For more information ask in the library or contact Mahbuba Khan on 020 7641 5474
IT drop in sessions Monday, 1.30pm to 5pm and Friday, 2pm to 5pm Help with using Word, Excel, email, the internet and completing online forms. We can also help with how to write a CV and search for jobs
Shared reading group Tuesday, 12pm to 1pm

Find out more on the book groups website

Advice plus session Wednesday, 10.30am to 12.30pm (not held in August)

Drop in sessions for help and advice on housing, benefits, council tax, etc. Doors open at 10am and available slots are allocated on a first come, first serve basis 

Free health MOTs for residents Friday, 1pm to 4.30pm Book an appointment or drop in. Call Fabio on 020 7563 6217 or fabio.feca@clch.nhs.uk
Bengali women's reading and writing group Friday, 9.30am to 11.30am Contact Mahbuba Khan on 020 7641 5474 or visit the reading groups page
Reading group Meets monthly on Friday Find out more on the book groups website
Knitting group Saturday, 10.30am to 12pm All experience levels are welcome
IT, ESOL and other courses Regular courses throughout the year For a wide range of courses, contact Westminster Adult Education Service on 020 7297 7297 or see waes.ac.uk

4. Maida Vale Library

View Maida Vale library contact details and opening hours

There will be no public lift at Maida Vale Library until late July 2018. While the lift is being replaced, the library can only be accessed by the Sutherland Road entrance which has 9 steps.
 
During this time, customers who prefer a library with level access are welcome to use any of the following libraries which are nearby: Church Street, Paddington, Queen’s Park and St John’s Wood

Special events and news

Maida Vale Library will be holding special events for children of all ages during the school holidays, pop in to collect a special Summer Reading Challenge events programme and find out how to join in.

Make your own slime

Wednesday 25 July, 2pm to 4pm.

Join Learning Unlimited for slime, splodge and splatter. Try our recipe for slime and show us yours. Or you can make a splodge tray or homemade playdough.

Free event that is suitable for children over the age of 5. Children must be accompanied by an adult; maximum of 2 children per adult. To book a place, contact Maida Vale Library

Dennis and the chamber of mischief

Friday 3 August, 11.30am to 12.30pm.

Join storyteller, Dan McGarry for a family story session.

Free event that is suitable for children over the age of 6. To book a place, contact Maida Vale Library

Tiny Tunes

Friday 10 August, 10.30am to 11am.

Come and enjoy singing, using shakers and dancing in this fun musical session with Tiny Tunes.

Free event that is suitable for children under the age of 5. No need to book, just turn up.

Art workshop with the Wallace Collection

Thursday 16 August, 11am to 12.30pm

Join the Wallace Collection to create your very own mischief maker, inspired by the museum’s paintings and objects.

Free event that is suitable for children over the age of 5. No need to book, just turn up.

Learn and play

Wednesday 22 August, 2pm to 3.30pm.

Create lasting memories with this photo frame collage activity, with the help our conservator from our Archives Centre.

Free event that is suitable for children over the age of 5. No need to book, just turn up.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular children's events run during term-time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time and date Information
Homework club Tuesday and Friday, 3.45pm to 5.30pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs
Sessions for under 5s Tuesday and Friday, 10.30am; third Saturday of the month, 11am to 11.30am. Runs during the year, with a break for Christmas/New Year. These sessions will start again from Friday 5 January 2018. Read more about sessions for under 5s

Regular events for adults

Event Time and date Information
Careers advice sessions Every Monday, 10am to 4pm

Get free advice on: producing a winning cv; skills diagnosis; voluntary work; the job market; job search techniques; training; confidence and motivation; and interview preparation.
These sessions are run by the National Careers Service. To arrange an appointment call 020 3714 8350 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm) or 0800 100 900 (every day 8am to 10pm).

Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events

Meet your local police officers

One Monday per month, 4pm to 5pm

2 Saturdays per month, 1pm to 2pm

Upcoming sessions:

Saturday 7 July, 1pm to 2pm.

Saturday 21 July, 1pm to 2pm.

Monday 6 August, 4pm to 5pm.

Saturday 11 August, 1pm to 2pm.

Saturday 25 August, 1pm to 2pm.

No need to book, just turn up

Share a Book group Wednesday, 10.30am to 12pm Read more about reading groups
Reading group Thursday evenings, once a month Read more about reading groups

5. Marylebone Library

View Marylebone library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Marylebone Library will be holding special events for children of all ages during the school holidays, pop in to collect a special Summer Reading Challenge events programme and find out how to join in.

The secrets of ageing well

Tuesday 17 July, 6pm to 7.30pm.
Marylebone Library

Do you have questions about how to prevent premature ageing of the skin and how to look your best in the most natural way? Would you like to know more about Botox and fillers? And what are chemical peels and microneedling?

Join Dr Quian Xu, the founder of Skin Aesthetics, where she provides holistic skincare and anti-ageing treatments in her Harley Street clinic. She will be able to answer these questions and more.

Free event and no need to book, just turn up.

How healthy are you?

Thursday 19 July, 10am to midday.

Kick It Stop Smoking Service and Healthy Hearts are offering free health assessments for our residents. These include:

  • lung age
  • blood pressure check
  • body mass index assessment
  • stop smoking support
  • healthy lifestyle advice

No need to book a place, just turn up.

Beano mischief

Tuesday 24 July, 2pm to 4pm.

Get up to Dennis style mischief with Learning Unlimited by making a catapult or a hovercraft or stay out of trouble with a room tidying excuse generator.

Free event that is suitable for children over the age of 5. No need to book, just turn up.

Learn and play

Wednesday 1 August, 2pm to 3.30pm.

Create lasting memories with this photo frame collage activity, with the help our conservator from our Archives Centre.

Free event that is suitable for children over the age of 5. No need to book, just turn up.

Tiny Tunes

Tuesday 7 August, 10.30am to 11am.

Come and enjoy singing, using shakers and dancing in this fun musical session with Tiny Tunes.

Free event that is suitable for children under the age of 5. No need to book, just turn up.

Regular events for children

Regular events for children are run during term-time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time and date Information
Tiny tots Tuesday,10.30am Read more about sessions for under 5s
Board games club Last Wednesday of the month, 4pm A fun club for children age 5 to 10
Storytime for under 5s Friday, 3.45pm Read more about sessions for under 5s
Saturday morning crafts Saturday, 10.30am to midday Make something new every week!

Regular events for adults

Event Time and date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Writers' group Monday, 6.45pm to 7.45pm Read more about the Marylebone Writers' Group
Reading group Monthly on a Tuesday Read more about reading groups

6. Mayfair Library

View Mayfair library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Mayfair Library will be holding special events for children of all ages during the school holidays, pop in to collect a special Summer Reading Challenge events programme and find out how to join in.

How healthy are you?

Friday 20 July, 10am to midday.

Kick It Stop Smoking Service and Healthy Hearts are offering free health assessments for our residents. These include:

  • lung age
  • blood pressure check
  • body mass index assessment
  • stop smoking support
  • healthy lifestyle advice

No need to book a place, just turn up.

Boo Hiccup magic and puppet show

Tuesday 31 July, 11am.

Boo Hiccup will excite and entertain with magic and puppets in a delightfully mischievous show for young children and their parents.

Free event that's suitable for children under the age of 5. No need to book, just turn up.

Tiny Tunes

Tuesday 7 August, midday.

Come and enjoy singing, using shakers and dancing in this fun musical session with Tiny Tunes.

Free event that is suitable for children under the age of 5. No need to book, just turn up.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular events for children take place during term-time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time and date Information
Under 5s sessions Tuesday, 10.30am Read more about sessions for under 5s
Homework club Tuesday, 3.45pm to 5pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs

Regular events for adults

Event Time and date Information
Reading group Monthly on a Tuesday

Read more about reading groups

Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events

7. Paddington Library

View Paddington library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Paddington Library will be holding special events for children of all ages during the school holidays, pop in to collect a special Summer Reading Challenge events programme and find out how to join in.

How healthy are you?

Wednesday 25 July, midday to 2pm.

Kick It Stop Smoking Service and Healthy Hearts are offering free health assessments for our residents. These include:

  • lung age
  • blood pressure check
  • body mass index assessment
  • stop smoking support
  • healthy lifestyle advice

No need to book a place, just turn up.

Dr Bike cycle checks

Saturday 28 July, 11am to 3pm.
Saturday 11 August, 11am to 3pm.

At Dr Bike sessions, experienced cyclists and mechanics check everything on your bike from wheels, brakes, gears and tyre pressure to lights, racks pedals, saddles and more - all for free. Bring your bike along - it will feel loved and cared for.

No need to book, just come along.

Dennis and the chamber of mischief

Friday 3 August, 2.30pm to 4pm.

Join storyteller, Dan McGarry for a family story session.

Free event that is suitable for children over the age of 6. To book a place, contact Paddington Library

Mischievous rap and rhyme

Monday 6 August, 2pm to 3.30pm.

Join the award-winning poet, Neal Zetter in celebrating 80 years of the Beano. Create your own character or poem whilst enjoying his hilarious rhymes.

Free event that's suitable for children over the age of 5. No need to book, just turn up.

Tiny Tunes

Wednesday 8 August, 10.30am to 11am.

Come and enjoy singing, using shakers and dancing in this fun musical session with Tiny Tunes.

Free event that is suitable for children under the age of 5. No need to book, just turn up.

Learn and play

Thursday 9 August, 2pm to 3.30pm.

Create lasting memories with this photo frame collage activity, with the help our conservator from our Archives Centre.

Free event that is suitable for children over the age of 5. No need to book, just turn up.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular events for children are run during term-time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time/date Information
Homework club Monday and Friday, 3.30pm to 5.15pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs
Baby rhyme time Wednesday, 10.30am to 11.30am Songs and rhymes followed by baby play time. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Toddler toy time Friday, 10.30am to 11.30am A chance for parents and carers of toddlers aged one and above to meet, mingle and make new friends. With toys and colouring to keep your toddlers entertained.
Lego club First Saturday of the month, 2.30pm to 3.30pm Club for 5 to 12 year olds. Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult.

Regular events for adults

Event Time/date Information
"Share a book" group Monday, 2pm to 4pm and Thursday, 6pm to 8pm Read more about reading groups. Pass on your contact details to a member of staff or email kgielgud@westminster.gov.uk to register your interest in joining.
CV help session Tuesday, 10am to 5pm These sessions are run by the   National Careers Service. To arrange an appointment, call 020 3714 8350 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm) or 0800 100 900 (every day 8am to 10pm)
Seniors online IT class Tuesday, 1pm to 3pm Open Age run both a beginners and intermediate course. To book a place on either course, contact Paddington Library.
Improve your English, improve your health course Tuesday, 2pm to 4.30pm until Tuesday 13 March This is run by Open Age. For more information, speak to a member of library staff. To book a place, call Maude on 020 8962 5590, or Russell on 020 8962 5583, or email: mail@openage.org.uk
Stop smoking Wednesday, 2.30pm to 5.30pm Kick It Stop Smoking specialists offer carbon monoxide testing and free one-to-one sessions for advice and support in giving up smoking.
Readers' group Third Wednesday of the month, 6.30pm to 8pm Read more about reading groups. Please contact Paddington Library to confirm the date of the meeting as it may vary.
Community health event Last Thursday of the month, 12.30pm to 3.30pm Please see publicity in the library for further details.
Go online - beginners' IT training Friday, 2pm to 4pm Contact Paddington Library for more information.
Knitting and crochet group Second and fourth Fridays of the month, 5pm to 7pm This group is for absolute beginners and those that would like to improve their knitting or crochet skills.
Free health checks Saturday 10am to 3pm Do you live in or are you registered with a GP in Westminster? Get a free 30 minute healthy lifestyle check and set your new health improvement goals. Weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and health promotion advice. Just turn up, or book an appointment on 020 7563 6217 / hpgroup@clch.nhs.uk
English conversation group Saturday, 10.30am to 12.30pm This weekly group will start on Saturday 10 February. For more information, speak to library staff or call Mahbuba on 020 7641 5474.

8. Pimlico Library

View Pimlico library contact details and opening hours

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Special events

Pimlico Library will be holding special events for children of all ages during the school holidays, pop in to collect a special Summer Reading Challenge events programme and find out how to join in.

Summer health advice

Thursday 26 July, midday to 2pm.

Like some summer health advice? The Westminster Health Improvement Team can help answer your questions about vitamin D, healthy eating and keeping cool. Free blood pressure checks too.

Free and no need to book, just turn up.

Make your own slime

Friday 27 July, 2pm to 4pm.

Join Learning Unlimited for slime, splodge and splatter. Try our recipe for slime and show us yours. Or you can make a splodge tray or homemade playdough. Practise weighing and measuring to perfect each recipe and get creative with colours and glitter.

Free event that is suitable for children over the age of 5. Children must be accompanied by an adult; maximum of 2 children per adult. To book a place, contact Pimlico Library

How healthy are you?

Wednesday 1 August, 10am to midday.

Kick It Stop Smoking Service and Healthy Hearts are offering free health assessments for our residents. These include:

  • lung age
  • blood pressure check
  • body mass index assessment
  • stop smoking support
  • healthy lifestyle advice

No need to book a place, just turn up.

Mischievous rap and rhyme

Friday 3 August, 2pm to 3.30pm.

Join the award-winning poet, Neal Zetter in celebrating 80 years of the Beano. Create your own character or poem whilst enjoying his hilarious rhymes.

Free event that's suitable for children over the age of 5. No need to book, just turn up.

Tiny Tunes

Monday 6 August, midday.

Come and enjoy singing, using shakers and dancing in this fun musical session with Tiny Tunes.

Free event that is suitable for children under the age of 5. No need to book, just turn up.

Mischief Makers theatre workshop

Tuesday 14 August, 2pm.

Join Freshwater Theatre for a new workshop which will bring this year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme to life, through drama, storytelling, plenty of interactivity and lots of laughter.

Free event that is suitable for children over the age of 5. No need to book, just turn up.

How to survive, compete and thrive in a digital age

This event has now been postponed; a new date will be arranged very soon.

Speaker: David Taylor of DNAsix How to navigate today’s digital marketplace using a combination of social media, innovation and old-fashioned business skills. Presented by author and specialist social media trainer David Taylor. What will be covered?

David will be talking about how you can take advantage of the new digital landscape, reach out to today’s tech-savvy customers and ultimately future-proof your business. You’ll learn about maximising your profits, reaching new and younger audiences, building your brand and reducing your costs.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular events for children take place in term-time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time and date Information
Wiggle and jiggle Monday, 10am to 11am Music and movement for toddlers between 12 to 30 months. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Stories, rhymes and crafts Tuesday, 10.30am to 11.30am Stories and rhymes for under 5s. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Baby bounce and rhyme Wednesday, 10am to 11am Knee-bouncing songs for babies between 3 to 12 months. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Lego Club Monthly on Saturdays, 10.30am to 11.30am Club for 5 to 11 year olds. Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult.

Regular events for adults

Event Time and date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
CV Advice Tuesday from 10am to 4pm

One to one sessions with a National Careers Service advisor.

Contact the NCS directly to book your place (places cannot be booked through the library): ncsbookings@prospects.co.uk. Call 0800 100900 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week.

Reading group Last Tuesday of the month Read more about reading groups
English conversation club with Rotary London Saturday, 10am to 12pm during term time Are you interested in improving your practical English conversation? Join for free, no booking required. Some sessions may be cancelled occasionally, please confirm with the library beforehand.

9. Queen's Park Library

View Queen's Park library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Queen's Park Library will be holding special events for children of all ages during the school holidays, pop in to collect a special Summer Reading Challenge events programme and find out how to join in.

Make your own slime

Thursday 26 July, 2pm to 4pm.

Join Learning Unlimited for slime, splodge and splatter. Try our recipe for slime and show us yours. Or you can make a splodge tray or homemade playdough. Practise weighing and measuring to perfect each recipe and get creative with colours and glitter.

Free event that is suitable for children over the age of 5. Children must be accompanied by an adult; maximum of 2 children per adult. To book a place, contact Queen's Park Library

Learn and play

Wednesday 8 August, 2pm to 3.30pm.

Create lasting memories with this photo frame collage activity, with the help our conservator from our Archives Centre.

Free event that is suitable for children over the age of 5. No need to book, just turn up.

Summer health advice

Thursday 9 August, midday to 2pm.

Like some summer health advice? The Westminster Health Improvement Team can help answer your questions about vitamin D, healthy eating and keeping cool. Free blood pressure checks too.

Free and no need to book, just turn up.

Tiny Tunes

Friday 10 August, midday to 12.30pm.

Come and enjoy singing, using shakers and dancing in this fun musical session with Tiny Tunes.

Free event that is suitable for children under the age of 5. No need to book, just turn up.

Art workshop with the Wallace Collection

Friday 17 August, 2pm to 3.30pm.

Join the Wallace Collection to create your very own mischief maker, inspired by the museum’s paintings and objects.

Free event that is suitable for children over the age of 5. No need to book, just turn up.

How healthy are you?

Thursday 23 August, 1pm to 3pm.

Kick It Stop Smoking Service and Healthy Hearts are offering free health assessments for our residents. These include:

  • lung age
  • blood pressure check
  • body mass index assessment
  • stop smoking support
  • healthy lifestyle advice

No need to book a place, just turn up.

Assisting people who haven’t been working for a while

Tuesdays, 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

Are you over 19, unemployed or on JSA? Interested in exploring your options for training or employment? Find out more with our Employment Advisor, who can help with creating a CV, training opportunities and more.

Please drop in or make an appointment by calling Shah Alam on 020 7266 8254.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular events for children take place during term-time only, unless otherwise stated. Children can join these after-school clubs with a registration form signed by a parent/guardian - please fill in one form and attend any after-school clubs.

Event Time and date Information
Rhyme time for under 5s Monday and Friday, 10.30am to 11.30am (except school holidays) Read more about sessions for under 5s
Code Club Wednesdays during term time, 4pm to 5pm A fun club for kids age 9 to 11. Learn to use code to make animations, games and more. Free, but booking is essential - please contact Queen's Park library for more information.
Lego club Friday during term time, 4pm to 5 pm A fun club for kids age 5 to 11. Bring your imagination, make Lego creations and new friends. No need to book, just turn up.
 

Regular events for adults

Event Time and date Information
Healthy Westminster  Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Creative writing group Second Monday of the month, 6pm to 7.30pm

Read more about the Queen's Park creative writing group

The next meetings will be on Monday 16 July and Monday 13 August.

Reading group Third Monday of the month Read more about reading groups
Meet your local police officers Every Thursday, 1pm to 2pm The  Queen's Park Safer Neighbourhood Team are available for customers to drop in and raise concerns on local crime and discuss home or personal safety issues.
Jewellery making class Every Thursday, 3.30pm to 5.30pm Free class where you can learn how to make bracelets, necklaces and more from wire and beads. Bring your own beads or you can buy some from the class teacher for £2. No need to book, just turn up. Beginners welcome.

10. St John's Wood Library

View St John's Wood library contact details and opening hours

Special events

St John's Wood Library will be holding special events for children of all ages during the school holidays, pop in to collect a special Summer Reading Challenge events programme and find out how to join in.

Make your own slime

Monday 23 July, 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Join Learning Unlimited for slime, splodge and splatter. Try our recipe for slime and show us yours. Or you can make a splodge tray or homemade playdough. Practise weighing and measuring to perfect each recipe and get creative with colours and glitter.

Free event that is suitable for children over the age of 5. Children must be accompanied by an adult; maximum of 2 children per adult. To book a place, contact St John's Wood Library

Mischievous rap and rhyme

Monday 6 August, 11am.

Join the award-winning poet, Neal Zetter in celebrating 80 years of the Beano. Create your own character or poem whilst enjoying his hilarious rhymes.

Free event that's suitable for children over the age of 5. No need to book, just turn up.

How healthy are you?

Wednesday 8 August, 11am to 1pm.

Kick It Stop Smoking Service and Healthy Hearts are offering free health assessments for our residents. These include:

  • lung age
  • blood pressure check
  • body mass index assessment
  • stop smoking support
  • healthy lifestyle advice

No need to book a place, just turn up.

Tiny Tunes

Thursday 9 August, midday to 12.30pm.

Come and enjoy singing, using shakers and dancing in this fun musical session with Tiny Tunes.

Free event that is suitable for children under the age of 5. No need to book, just turn up.

Summer health advice

Thursday 16 August, midday to 2pm.

Like some summer health advice? The Westminster Health Improvement Team can help answer your questions about vitamin D, healthy eating and keeping cool. Free blood pressure checks too.

Free and no need to book, just turn up.

Learn and play

Tuesday 21 August, 2pm to 3.30pm.

Create lasting memories with this photo frame collage activity, with the help our conservator from our Archives Centre.

Free event that is suitable for children over the age of 5. No need to book, just turn up.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular events for children are held in term-time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time and date Information
Storytime Monday, 4pm to 4.30pm Magical journeys into a world of fantasy, adventure and fun!
Code club Tuesday, 4pm to 5pm. Booking required. Teaching children programming by making computer games, animations and websites, following the program at Code Studio. Offering great support and fun for all ages.
Songs and rhymes for under 5s Tuesday, 10.15am Read more about sessions for under 5s
Homework club Wednesday, 3.30pm to 4.30pm (just come along) Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs
Japanese rhyme time for the under 5s Third Thursday of the month, 11.30am to 12pm Read more about sessions for under 5s
Chess club Thursday, 4pm to 5pm Booking required
Maths club Friday, 4pm to 5pm Booking required
Saturday morning crafts Saturday, 10.30am to 12pm Make something new every week!

Regular events for adults

Event Time and date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Family history group Third Monday of the month, 11am to midday Free monthly meeting with refreshments. No need to book, just turn up. If you would like to look at something in particular, contact St John's Wood Library
Crime readers group Third Tuesday of the month Read more about reading groups
CityWest Homes drop-in surgery Wednesday, 10am to midday Advice for tenants and lessees
IT drop-in session Wednesday 2pm to 4pm Delivered by WAES, jointly funded by the councillors for Abbey Road and Regent's Park wards. You must be a resident of these wards to attend and you will be asked to record what you have learned each week. Sessions are free; no booking is required, but places are given on a first come, first served basis.
Book club First Wednesday of the month Read more about our book clubs
Chair yoga Fridays, 10.30am to 11.30am  
Laptop, tablet and iPad surgery First Saturday of the month, 10am to midday Drop-in session. Get some help with your portable IT problems and woes. This session is free and there is no need to book.

11. Victoria Library

View Victoria library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Victoria Library will be holding special events for children of all ages during the school holidays, pop in to collect a special Summer Reading Challenge events programme and find out how to join in.

Mischievous rap and rhyme

Friday 3 August, 11am to midday.

Join the award-winning poet, Neal Zetter in celebrating 80 years of the Beano. Create your own character or poem whilst enjoying his hilarious rhymes.

Free event that's suitable for children over the age of 5. No need to book, just turn up.

Tiny Tunes

Wednesday 8 August, midday to 12.30pm.

Come and enjoy singing, using shakers and dancing in this fun musical session with Tiny Tunes.

Free event that is suitable for children under the age of 5. No need to book, just turn up.

Art workshop with the Wallace Collection

Wednesday 15 August, 2pm to 3.30pm.

Join the Wallace Collection to create your very own mischief maker, inspired by the museum’s paintings and objects.

Free event that is suitable for children over the age of 5. No need to book, just turn up.

How healthy are you?

Thursday 16 August, 1pm to 3pm.

Kick It Stop Smoking Service and Healthy Hearts are offering free health assessments for our residents. These include:

  • lung age
  • blood pressure check
  • body mass index assessment
  • stop smoking support
  • healthy lifestyle advice

No need to book a place, just turn up.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular events for children take place during term-time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time and date Information
Under 5s Thursday, 10.30am to 11.30am Read more about sessions for under 5s
Italian story, play and rhyme time Friday, 11am to midday Weekly playgroup for children under the age of 4 - with stories and rhymes in Italian. £3 donation per session. No need to book, just come along.

Regular events for adults

Event Time and date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Salsa Monday, 11am to 12.30pm

Upcoming sessions:

Monday 9 July 2018

Monday 16 July 2018

Monday 23 July 2018

Monday 30 July 2018

For more information and to book a free place, call or text Roxy on 07483 172 128

Women's only exercise session Monday, 10.30am to 12.30pm

A mixture of tai chi and yoga. For more information and to book a free place, call or text Roxy on 07483 172 128

This group will next meet on Monday 10 September 2018

Writers' group First Monday of the month, 6pm to 7.15pm Read more about the Victoria writers' group
Book gluttons reading group Third Monday of the month, 6pm to 7pm Read more about reading groups
Housing advice Tuesday, 2pm to 5pm Free sessions from Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity. Get advice for any housing-related query you may have. Slots are allocated on a first come first served basis, speak to a member of library when you arrive.
Book group Thursdays, 10.30am to 12.30pm Read more about reading groups
Reading group Last Thursday of the month, 6pm to 7pm Read more about reading groups

12. Westminster Music Library

View Westminster Music Library contact details and opening hours

Due to events taking place, Westminster Music Library will:
Close at 5pm on Thursday 19 July 2018
Close at 3pm on Tuesday 24 July 2018

Special events and news

Arrivederci Roma

Thursday 19 July, 6pm to 7pm.

Wind and words whirl through Europe - clarinet and poetry with Chris Hooker and Valerie Fry.

A recital of clarinet and poetry including melodies and elegies from Copenhagen to Cordoba, Venice to Volga, Paris to Pisa.

Free event and refreshments are included. To book a place, contact Westminster Music Library

This event will take place on the first floor and access is only available by stairs.

Rhythm for life drumming workshops

  • Tuesday 24 July, 4pm to 5.30pm.
  • Tuesday 21 August, 4pm to 5.30pm.
  • Tuesday 25 September, 4pm to 5.30pm.

We are pleased to announce the return of our drumming workshops. Due to their popularity, participants are limited to attending only one session.

Rhythmical activities such as drumming can have a positive impact on health. It can help regulate emotions, reduce anxiety and stress levels, whilst increasing a sense of connection and well-being. Workshop leader, Ruairi Glasheen will explore how the drum allows everyone regardless of age or ability to explore rhythms and to have fun.

Join us to make some noise and release some stress.

No experience is necessary and drums will be provided. Workshops are free, to book your place contact Westminster Music Library

This event will take place on the first floor and access is only available by stairs.

Read about previous events on Books and the City

13. Westminster Reference Library

View Westminster Reference Library contact details and opening hours

There is no wheelchair, lift or ramp access to this building.

Special events

Summer health advice

Thursday 30 August, midday to 2pm.

Like some summer health advice? The Westminster Health Improvement Team can help answer your questions about vitamin D, healthy eating and keeping cool. Free blood pressure checks too.

Free and no need to book, just turn up.

Regular events

Event Time and date Information
ESOL classes in grammar and conversation Monday, 4pm to 5pm, 5pm to 6pm Free but class size is limited so please book your place by contacting the library.
Housing, welfare benefits and debt drop-in sessions Every fortnight on Tuesday

Free 30-minute sessions from Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity. Get advice and, if necessary, further appointments for follow-up work. 

Bookings can only be made in person on the day at 1.15pm, for a maximum of 6 people so slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Computer training - one-to-one introductions to basic computer and internet skills Wednesday, 10.30am to 12.30pm Speak to staff to book your free 30-minute session on using email, booking tickets or shopping online, completing forms and applications online, using the online library and Westminster libraries' online resources, using Microsoft Office, and using smartphones, kindles and tablets.
Social group for adults who live in Westminster with Asperger syndrome First Thursday of the month, 5pm to 7pm For further information email assistlondon@nas.org.uk  or call 020 8962 3015.
Salon for the City: London at the library Last Thursday of the month, 6.30pm to 8.30pm Event series taking a look at London through a different lens each month. For more information, please view the Salon for the City website.

14. Exhibitions

All of the following exhibitions are held at the Westminster Reference Library. 

View library contact details and opening hours

Colourful Composition by Nicola Wills

Monday 2 to Friday 13 July 2018.

Nicola Wills is a London-based artist who produces a wide variety of abstract art ranging mostly in oils and other media such as pastels, acrylics and watercolour. This exhibition is a visual representation of the colour, melodic and harmonic structure which is encoded in all kinds of musical pieces of work essential for evoking emotion and expression in the human soul.

Etchings by Philip Dare

Saturday 14 to Saturday 28 July 2018.

Philip's work has been produced over the last four years and reflects the preoccupations, trains of thought, themes and responses to the time in which it was made; manifesting itself in a rich and wide variety of imagery.

Asian Reflections by Helen Renna

Monday 30 July to Saturday 11 August 2018.

Helen was influenced by Asian culture and history from a very young age, which later became an inspiration for her photography career. In this exhibition, she portrays the three main cultures of Japan, China and Korea using her modern interpretation of traditional garments which she made herself from scratch alongside all the props and decorations

Space hire

To hire the exhibition space on the first floor of Westminster Reference Library, contact Nick Alexander.

There is no wheelchair, lift or ramp access to this building.

Previous exhibitions


Last updated: 17 July 2018
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