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

There is restricted access to the Chinese and adult non- fiction stock at Charing Cross Library due to a recent flood.

Special events

Cantonese language lessons for young children

Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays during September to December 2017

Help for children to build a vocabulary in order to carry out practical every day conversations. Conversational Cantonese and standard Chinese characters are combined for reading and storytelling.

There are three levels of teaching depending on the age of the children. For more information on dates, times, prices, ages or to book a trial session, email:
rainbow.seeds.hk@gmail.com

Chinese language courses

Are you interested in learning Cantonese or Mandarin?  Then register your interest for one of our new courses.

Proposed days and times:

  • Learn Cantonese Mondays, 2pm to 5pm
  • Learn Mandarin Mondays, 6pm to 8pm

To add your name to the list, contact Charing Cross Library

Discover your Chinese Library

Sunday 29 October, 1pm to 5pm

Come along to our special afternoon to find out about our Chinese Library. Programme for the afternoon:

  • 1pm, a beginners language taster session suitable for adults and children; you will learn your first Cantonese expressions with Ceci
  • 2.30pm, Chinese crafts session for both adults and children courtesy of the Confucius Centre in Soho and our resident Chinese teacher, Mr Cheung
  • 4pm,taste different varieties of Chinese teas and the best cakes to go with them.

This is a free event, contact Charing Cross Library to book your place.

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
PlayCantonese Second and last 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.
 
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.
Chinese painting class  Saturday, 11am to 1pm £10 per session. To join, please contact Charing Cross Library, 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 infomation, 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

None currently scheduled.

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.
Songs, rhymes and stories for the under 5s Wednesday, 10.30am to 11am Read more about sessions for under 5s
Homework club Thursday, 3.45pm to 5.30pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs
Scratch computer coding club Saturday, 2.30pm to 3.30pm A fun club for kids age 8 to 11. Learn to use code to make games, visuals and programmes. Booking is essential, email the 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.
Free health MOTs for residents Friday, 1pm to 4.30pm A 30 minute healthy lifestyle check for adult residents in Westminster. 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 Provided by the Westminster Libraries Bengali Outreach Project. For more information and to join, 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. Ask in the library for more information.
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

Special events and news

The Big Hallowe’en Hunt

Monday 23 October to Saturday 28 October

They’re everywhere - search for the hidden creatures, witches and monsters. Free event suitable for children of all ages, just pop along to the library at anytime during half term.

Children's books sale

Monday 23 October to Saturday 28 October

Come along and grab a bargain.

Rockets!

Monday 23 October, 10.30am to midday and 2.30pm to 4pm
Come and make your own rocket and blast off into space.
Free event for children of all ages. No need to book, just turn up.

Autumn colours

  • Tuesday 24 October, 10.15am
  • Friday 27 October, 10.15am

Songs, rhymes and craft session for the under 5s. Free and no need to book, just turn up.

Elmer the Elephant day

Tuesday 24 October, 2.30pm to 4pm

Listen to a story, play games and make Elmer the Elephant themed crafts. Free and no need to book, just turn up.

Spooky Hallowe’en crafts

Thursday 26 October, 10.30am to midday and 2.30 to 4pm

Make a monster  to scare your friends. Free and no need to book, just turn up.

Talk by Dr Beverley Duguid for Black History Month

Tuesday 24 October, 5.30pm to 6.30pm

This talk examines women travel writers' views on the institution of slavery as expressed within their travel writing. These women, who predominantly went to Cuba and the British West Indian islands, before and after emancipation was enacted in 1834, not only expressed pro- and anti- opinions on slavery, but gave important insights into countries in a state of flux during a time of upheaval and change. Their relationship to colonialism is discussed.
These sometimes shocking and revealing debates will be discussed using a variety of travel writing of the period.

Contact Maida Vale Library to book your free place.

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. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Code club for kids Wednesday in term time, 4pm to 5pm Free club aimed at children age 7 to 11 years. Contact Maida Vale Library for more information.

Regular events for adults

Event Time and date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events

Meet your local police officers

First Monday of the month, 4pm to 5pm The Westbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team will be available for customers to drop in and raise concerns on local crime and discuss home or personal safety. 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

Marylebone Library is now at its new location at 9-11 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 9UQ

Special events

None currently scheduled.

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, starts Wednesday 30 August
Storytime for under 5s Friday, 3.45pm Read more about sessions for under 5s
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
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

None currently scheduled.

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

None currently scheduled.

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 time Friday, 10.30am to 11.30am Songs and stories followed by simple crafts.
WAES family workshops Occasional Saturdays Westminster Adult Education Service family workshops take place intermittently. For more information, please contact Paddington Library.

Regular events for adults

Event Time/date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Quit smoking Monday, 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.
"Share a book" group Monday, 2pm to 3.30pm and Thursday, 6pm to 7.30pm Read more about reading groups. Pass on your contact details to a librarian or email kgielgud@westminster.gov.uk to register your interest in joining.
One-to-one CV writing, job search sessions and interview skills workshops Monday and Friday, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm Get expert advice on how to update your CV and great tips on job searching. There are also free interview skills workshops which last about 2 hours. Places are limited; book by contacting Paddington Library.
Health check surgery Monday and Friday, 11am to 4pm Free one-to-one NHS health checks for anyone age 40 to 74 and who lives or works in Westminster. Get your results in as little as 20 minutes. Members of the public can also book a series of free, one-to-one health trainer sessions for weight loss, mood boosting and increasing physical activity.
Beginners' IT class Tuesday, 9.55am to 11.55am and 2.30pm to 4.30pm This course is run by Open Age. To book the afternoon class, please call 020 8964 1900. To book the morning class, please contact Paddington Library.
Writers' group Second Tuesday of each month, 6.45pm to 8.15pm Read more about the Paddington writers' group. Contact Paddington Library to confirm the meeting date as it may vary.
Community reading and writing: essential skills Wednesday, 10am to 12.30pm from 21 September 2016 (contact WAES for exact dates of terms) Run by WAES, this course will help improve your reading and writing skills and develop your spelling, basic sentence structure and grammar in English. The course is free to students who show proof of benefits and status restrictions may apply/ For more information, contact 020 7641 8665.
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.
Readers' group Third Friday 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.
Free health checks for men Saturday 9.30am to 2pm 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 0207 563 6217 / hpgroup@clch.nhs.uk

8. Pimlico Library

View Pimlico library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Room on the Broom Halloween craft session

Tuesday 24 October, 10.30am to 11am

Spooky craft session for the under 5s. This event is free, and there is no need to book a place.

Halloween party

Thursday 26 October, 2pm to 3pm

Spooky fun and games for the over 5s. There will be prizes for the best spooky fancy dress too.

This event is free, and there is no need to book a place.

Funding opportunities for your small business

Tuesday 21 November 6pm to 7.30pm 

Every business is different and therefore deserves to be looked at in its own right. If you have a business which is looking for the required funding, come along to this seminar to find out more. This will be presented by Joe Sucharewicz of Common-Sense Business Funding Ltd (CSBF) will cover:

  • Overview of the finance market
  • Insight into available finance i.e. property funding, bridge loan, investment loan
  • Assessment and approach
  • Time for questions

£6.00 for adults, £3.60 concessions, book your place via Eventbrite

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
Homework club Tuesday, 3.45pm to 5.30pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs
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
Just for dads First Saturday of the month, 10.30am to 11.30am Under 5s session especially for dads and male carers to bring children for stories and songs. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Lego Club Monthly on Saturdays, 10.30am to 11.30am Club for 5 to 11 year olds. Please note: 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

Dancing Books

Every Tuesday,10.15am to 11am

Sessions start Tuesday 26 September and will run until Tuesday 5 December

This is a free dance class programme for pre-school children and their families. Using popular children’s books as inspiration, Dancing Books encourages the development of literacy skills and inspires storytelling- it’s also great fun.

No need to book, just turn up. Places are on a first come, first served basis.

Day of the Dead craft activity

Tuesday 24 October, 2pm to 3pm

Make your own Day of the Dead sugar skull mask. This free event is suitable for children aged 5 +.

No need to book a place, just turn up.

Cat care and crafts

Wednesday 25 October, 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Come along to Cats Protection's free, interactive talk about how to look after cats, and then take part in fun, feline- themed craft activities.

This event is suitable for children aged 4 + and accompanying adult. There will be goodies for all.

No need to book, just turn up.

Chickenshed theatre workshop

Thursday 26 October, 1pm to 2pm

As part of the Family Arts Festival 2017, Chickenshed  Kensington and  Chelsea will be delivering a fun, family-friendly theatre workshop. Experience Chickenshed’s unique blend of dance, drama and music. 
 
The workshop is suitable for children aged  5 to 11 and their parents/carers. This is a free event but advance booking is recommended:; please call the Chickenshed Box Office on 020 8292 9222

Spook-tacular Halloween party

Friday 27 October, 5pm to 6.30pm

You'll have frighteningly good fun at our party - there will be games, party food and a goody bag. Also, prizes for the best costumes so come dressed to impress.
 
This event is suitable for children aged 6+. £3 per child and advance booking is essential, contact Queen's Park Library

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
Reading group Third Monday of the month Read more about reading groups

10. St John's Wood Library

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

Special events

Create an animated film

Monday 23 October, 2pm to 4pm

Come along and help Westminster City Archives in creating an animation about a soldier in the Household Cavalry who fought bravely in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. This free workshop for children, with a British Film Institute animator, will bring Samuel's story to life.

This event is part of the Saving Samuel Godley project

No need to book a place, just turn up.

New family history group

Monday 6 November, 11am to midday

First session of 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

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 First 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 12pm and Friday, 1pm to 3pm 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 12pm 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

Dancing Books

Every Wednesday, 10.15am to 11am

Sessions start Wednesday 27 September and will run until Wednesday 6 December

This is a free dance class programme for pre-school children and their families. Using popular children’s books as inspiration, Dancing Books encourages the development of literacy skills and inspires storytelling- it’s also great fun.

No need to book, just turn up. Places are on a first come, first served basis.

City of Stories creative writing event

Monday 6 November, 6pm to 8pm

City of Stories celebrates London’s writers and readers; it invites you to pick up your pen and create new stories. All are welcome to attend this celebration event —whether you write stories already or are just starting.

All attendees will receive a free copy of the City of Stories book; a celebration of London writing, featuring over 60 London writers.

For more information and to book your free place visit the City of Stories Eventbrite page

New writers' group

Monday 6 November, 6pm to 7.15pm

A friendly writer's meet up for people who want to share their writing or be inspired to write their own work. The group meets on the first Monday of the month.

No need to book a place, just turn up. New members are always welcome.

For more information, contact Victoria Library

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

Regular events for adults

Event> Time and date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Book gluttons reading group Third Monday of the month, 6pm to 7pm Read more about reading groups
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
Writers' group First Monday of the month, 6pm to 7.15pm Read more about the Victoria writers' group.

12. Westminster Music Library

View Westminster Music Library contact details and opening hours

Special events and news

None currently scheduled.

Revision to Westminster Music Library opening hours

From 1 April 2017, Westminster Music Library will open each Saturday from 1.30pm to 5pm. 

The Rehearsal Room will still be available for bookings from 10am, and any items of stock that have been reserved - including pre-paid performance sets - may be collected in Victoria Library from 9.30am. 

Weekday opening hours are not affected, the Music Library will remain open Monday to Friday 11am to 7pm.

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

'Entertainment - on the home and fighting fronts in World War One' by the George Edwardes Musical Comedy society

Wednesday 25 October, 10.30am to 4.45pm

Programme for the day

  • 10.30am to 11.30am - an illustrated talk by Steve Bartlett on the work of Seymour Hicks and Ellaline Terriss, famous early musical comedy stage performers, who initiated the practice of providing theatrical entertainment to the British troops on the fighting front. This work was continued by others and helped to establish the tradition of troop entertainment extending into World War Two.
  • 11.30am to 12pm -  break.
  • 12pm to 1pm - an illustrated presentation by Emma Hanna, a research worker in history, who has done some pioneering research work into the cinematic entertainment provided by the YMCA for the British troops who were fighting in Europe. Emma has been active as part of the Gateways to the First World War Project which commemorates events related to World War One.
  • 1pm to 2pm - lunch break. Lunch is not provided. Bring your own lunch or eat out nearby.
  • 2pm to 4.45pm - re-creations of parts of the highly popular wartime musical comedy revues The Bing Boys Are Here and The Bing Girls Are There. Audience members will have an opportunity to read some of the dialogue from the revues while the musical numbers will be provided by original recordings made at the time of the productions.

The event is free but a donation of £5 is suggested, book using Eventbrite.

Frankenstein on Halloween - live theatre at the library

Tuesday 31 October

  • First performance: 5pm to 6.30pm
  • Second performance: 6.30pm to 8pm

Join us on Halloween night for a unique immersive experience based on the story of Frankenstein. Rediscover this iconic novel through the voices of Mary Shelley's haunting characters as you journey through the library's hidden corners.

With a soundscape created by award winning musician, Taz Modi, venture from room to room and from memory to memory following the ghost of Victor Frankenstein to the dramatic climax of the tale.

This event is being staged by Pure Expression. They are an immersive theatre company that reimagines classic stories in unique environments that create the ideal setting. They work particularly in libraries, museums and galleries.

Tickets are £8 per performance, book via Design My Night

Words that build your business

Wednesday 1 November, 5.30pm to 7pm

A customer is looking at your web site, someone is reading your business letter - your words count. Are you making yourself clear? Is your writing interesting? Is it effective in getting your message across?

This presentation, by Philip Symons, Director of Zapplication,  will help you improve your business writing and keep improving it without taking precious time away from your business. Come along to find out how to:

  • Sharpen your writing with a simple memory aid
  • Write faster as you write better
  • Recognise bad style and avoid obvious mistakes

Standard tickets £6, early bird tickets £3.60 - book via Eventbrite

What is art?

Thursday 16 November, 6pm to 8pm

Join artist and writer, Robert Good for a humorous, lively and inspiring new approach to this question.
 This event will mark the launch of a new book, ‘A New Dictionary of Art’, a dictionary with a bit of a twist. It contains over 3000 definitions of ‘art’ compiled from the internet via chat-rooms and discussion forums as well as from more established authorities, artists and institutions. Passions run high as formal sits alongside informal, jocular alongside vulgar.
The evening will start with a short talk and reading followed by Q&A and a book signing. Come along expecting to hear a new take on an old question.

Book your free place via Eventbrite

One to one export support from the Department for International Trade

  • Tuesday 14 November, 10.15am to 11.45am
  • Wednesday 13 December, 10.15am to 11.45am

Are you a business that is already established /registered and based in London?  If you have been thinking about exporting your goods or services, come along to find out what opportunities are available and how the government can help.

Presented by Nghia Tran, International Business Advisor for DIT London Region; Nghia provides one to one help and advice to companies to promote British trade across the world. She helps companies at different stages of their export journeys:

  • Market identification
  • Routes to markets
  • Access to funds and finance
  • Export opportunities
  • Export related masterclasses and trainings
  • Trade show access programme

This is a free event but requires a refundable deposit which will be refunded to your account on attending the event;  you must be a registered company based in London to qualify for this session.

£6.92 per session, book via Eventbrite

Westminster Business Unit drop-in sessions

Wednesday 22 November, 10.15am to 11.15am

Are you doing business in Westminster? Got a question you'd like to ask? Don't miss the opportunity to talk to a member of the Westminster's Business Unit.
They can help:

  • Answer your business enquiries or direct you to someone who can
  • Link your business to the support and advice available in Westminster
  • Provide local economy and market intelligence
  • Respond to local investment enquiries from initial advice to on-going support
  • Introduce the bidding process for Council and public sector contracts
  • Align your Corporate Social Responsibility activity with local priorities
  • Ensure concerns and requests are fed back to the Council

Book your free session via Eventbrite

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.

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.

Current and forthcoming exhibitions

Dream syrup, an exhibition by Sohrab Crews

Monday 9 October to Saturday 21 October

This exhibition by Sohrab Crews, his second solo show at Westminster Reference Library, presents a selection of film prints chosen from several hundred photographic works made between 2006 and 2009, with the collective title, Dream Syrup.

Visit the Sohrab Crews website.

Voice, an exhibition by Gavin Maughfling

Monday 23 October to Saturday 28 October

This exhibition is part of the celebrations for Black History Month.

The paintings in Voice aim to record fast-flowing narratives. Narratives that are at once richly articulate, funny, moving and empowering, and demonstrate a moment of transition between teen years and adult life.

Talk and questions with Gavin Maughfling

Saturday 28 October, 2pm to 3.30pm

Gavin Maughfling trained at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, and the University of East London.

He has shown internationally, including the Galerie Van der Planken and Elzenveld Foundation (Antwerp), the Carrousel du Louvre (Paris), the Pump House, Lounge and ICA Galleries (London), the Holland Art Fair (den Haag) and the Mostyn Biennial (Llandudno).

For more information, visit his website.

Previous exhibitions


Last updated: 20 October 2017
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