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

Sylvia and Silvio exhibition

Friday 16 March to Sunday 13 May 2018.

A free exhibition about Sylvia Pankhurst and Silvio Corio, frontrunners in the campaign for women's vote and against fascism.

One hundred years ago, as the Representation of the People Act was extending democratic rights in Britain, in Italy a threat was about to emerge that would destroy democracy and pave the way to the events leading to World War Two. Sylvia Pankhurst, her partner Silvio Corio and their circle of friends in Soho, were among the first to raise the alarm. Alfio Bernabei presents an exhibition based on his book and TV documentary, Dangerous Characters.

Meet author Caroline Moorhead

Thursday 26 April, 6.30pm to 8pm.

As part of our ongoing exhibition to commemorate the links between the Suffragette and anti-fascist movement, we are hosting a talk by Caroline Moorehead on her latest book: 'A Bold and Dangerous Family'. It's a gripping account of two Jewish brothers' fight against Mussolini.

Free event, to book a place contact Charing Cross Library  

Guernica and beyond 

Monday 14 May, 6.30pm to 8pm.

The Spanish Civil War inspired some of the most provocative art of the 20th century; passionate, angry and surreal. Opening with the unveiling of Pablo Picasso's monumental painting "Guernica" in 1937, this illustrated talk will introduce the big political themes of the conflict and the work that artists and writers, many from Britain, were driven to create in response.

This event is part of Cityread London, the annual celebration of literature in the capital.

Free event, to book a place contact Charing Cross Library  

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

Arts and crafts with the Dogs Trust charity

Friday 11 May, 3.45pm to 4.45pm.

Design a poster and you could win a prize with the largest dog welfare charity in the UK.

Free event that's suitable for children aged 7 to 12. Contact Church Street Library to book a place.

A fantastical collage

Friday 18 May, 11am to 1pm.

Taking the novel 'The Muse' and the various images it conjures up as inspiration, this workshop will imagine some of the scenes through a sci-fi lens to create fantastical collages. In the book, author Jessie Burton describes imagined narratives and experiences, exploring who is who and what the physical landscapes described look like. This workshop will start to imagine and create these landscapes through collage and photo montage techniques.

It will be followed by a concert by an octet of Spanish classical guitar and Spanish food and wine to sample. This event is part of this year's Cityread London celebration.

This is a free event, to book a place contact Church Street Library

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

Please note - there will be no public lift at Maida Vale Library until Monday 9 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

1:1 export support from the Department for International Trade

Wednesday 25 April, 10.15am to 12.15pm.

You must be a registered company based in London to qualify for this session.

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 the Department for International Trade (DIT).

The DIT helps companies at different stages of their export journeys, such as:

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

This event is free but requires a deposit that will be refunded to your account on attending the event. Book you place via Eventbrite

Swinging London

Friday 18 May, 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

The Sixties saw London cast off the gloom of the post-war years and transform into the bright, swinging centre of style and culture. This illustrated timeline by Nick Dobson provides a reminder of that groovy, swinging decade.

This event is part of Cityread London the annual celebration of literature in the capital.

To book your free place, contact Maida Vale Library

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
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. Please note - the next session will take place on Monday 9 April.

Second and fourth Saturday of the month, 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

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
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

Mayfair Library is currently closed for redecoration. The library will reopen on Monday 21 May 2018.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. During the closure, you are welcome to use any Westminster library; Charing Cross and Marylebone are the nearest.

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

Art workshops

  • Thursday 26 April, 6pm to 8pm.
  • Thursday 17 May, 6pm to 8pm.
  • Thursday 14 June, 6pm to 8pm.

A series of free art workshops: during each session you will paint or draw flowers as they dry up or even start to decompose. All equipment will be provided.

To book your place, contact Paddington Library

Meet author Andrew Smith

Friday 27 April, 6 to 7.30pm.

Come along to meet Andrew Smith, author of the thriller 'The Speech'.

'The Speech' delves into themes of culture and community, immigration and race to reveal a fictional plot rooted in reality and hope surrounding the infamous Enoch Powell's 'Rivers of Blood' speech.

Free event, to book a place contact Paddington Library

Give and take swapping event

Saturday 26 May, 10.30am to 2pm.

Drop-off times: 10.30am to midday.

Pick-up time: from 1pm.

Need to have a clear out? But like to get something new for free? Then take part in our give and take swapping event. How it works:

  • Bring in at least one good quality item
  • You will receive a token for each item donated
  • You can then claim a new item by exchanging your tokens
Pierced jewellery, nightwear, swimwear, bathrobes, bedding and underwear including socks will not be accepted.
Electrical items will be PAT tested on the day. Any items not re-homed will be recycled.

Paper bead making workshop  

Saturday 2 June, 1pm to 4pm.

Learn how to make your beautiful upcycled jewellery. Adults and supervised children aged 5 and over are welcome at this fun and free event.

To confirm your place, email: recycling.champions@westminster.gov.uk

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. Please note: 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 librarian 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

Please note - the wheelchair-accessible lift isn't working at the moment. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Special events

¡Arriba España!” a talk by David Evans

Thursday 10 May, 6pm to 8pm.

Spain emerged from its Civil War a broken, extremely poor and still a divided country. This talk will look at some of the ways in which the new regime consolidated its hold on the Spanish people and what life was for them during this very difficult time. As part of the Cityread London celebration, and in connection to the novel 'The Muse' by Jessie Burton, hear David Evans talking about Spain under Franco in the 1940s.

Free event, to book a place contact Pimlico Library

Celebrate Elmer Day

Saturday 26 May, 10am to midday.

Special craft session to celebrate everyone's favourite patchwork elephant.

Free event, no need to book - just come along.

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

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

None currently scheduled.

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 12pm 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

Meet actor Robert Gillespie

Monday 30 April, 6.30pm to 8pm.

Actor Robert Gillespie celebrates an exciting time of change in the British theatre with stories from his new book, 'Are You Going to do That Little Jump?' He has starred in sitcoms such as Keep It In The Family, Rising Damp, Porridge, and Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads; and has worked with actors including Richard Burton and Claire Bloom amongst many others.

If you love theatre, if you adore inside stories - this talk is for you.

Free event, to book a place 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
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

Please note Westminster Music Library will close at 2pm on Tuesday 24 April and 5pm on Wednesday 2 May due to events taking place.

Special events and news

Rhythm for life drumming workshops

  • Tuesday 24 April, 3pm to 4.30pm.
  • Tuesday 29 May, 3pm to 4.30pm.
  • Tuesday 26 June, 3pm to 4.30pm.

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.

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

Please note that this event will take place on the first floor and access is only available by stairs.

A celebration of poets and song

Wednesday 2 May, 6pm to 7pm.

With Carol-Anne Grainger, soprano and Andrew Charity, piano

A celebration of poets and song takes a slightly unconventional approach, basing the programme around well known, and not so well known poets, rather than composers, including Shakespeare, Verlaine, Goethe, Ledwidge and Macleod, with musical settings from Franz Schubert to Joe St Johanser.

This is a free event and refreshments are included. To book a place, contact Westminster Music Library

Please note that 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

The ground and first floors of Westminster Reference Library are now open. Please note the second floor is still closed for refurbishment.

View Westminster Reference Library contact details and opening hours

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

Special events

The wonderful photographic record of the early British musical comedy theatre

Tuesday 22 May, 10.30am to 5pm.

The George Edwardes Musical Comedy Society presents a day about early British musical comedy theatre:

  • 10.30am to 11.30am - an illustrated talk by Ken Reeves on the work of London photographic studios
  • 11.30am to  midday - break
  • midday to 1pm - a presentation by Clare Freestone at the Orange Street premises of The National Portrait Gallery
  • 1pm to  2pm - lunch break (own arrangements needed)
  • 2pm to 3pm - an illustrated talk by Steve Bartlett about the Foulsham and Banfield photographic studio
  • 3pm to 3.30pm - break
  • 3.30pm to 4.30pm - an illustrated talk by John Culme about Gabrielle Ray

The event is free but a donation of £5 is suggested. Book your place via Eventbrite

Cynth and Sam's wedding party: sounds like '67

Thursday 24 May, 6.30pm to 10pm.

“We went back to Sam and Patrick’s flat in black cabs and told the taxi men that our friends had just got married…  Back in the flat, we lifted tea towels euphorically from sandwiches, found bottle openers, corkscrews, put a record on, and watched as they cut the white domed cake that Cynth had laced with rum.”

Odelle’s best mate Cynth is getting hitched to the lovely Sam, and you’re all invited to join the celebrations at this night of live music, vinyl and chit chat.
Music journalist and author of 'Sounds Like London' Lloyd Bradley, will be playing the big records of the day, and talking to very special guest Jazzie B about the impact of Caribbean migration on the music we’re still listening to in the capital.  Don’t forget your dancing shoes, we’ll be rounding off the night with live music from the Cityread ’67 house band.

This event is part of this year's Cityread London celebration.

Free event, to book a place contact Westminster Reference Library

 

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

The ground and first floors of Westminster Reference Library are now open. Please note the second floor is still closed for refurbishment.

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

View library contact details and opening hours

Glass Reflections: an exhibition of art glass from the Working Men's College 

Monday 4 to Saturday 9 June 2018.   

The Working Men’s College glass art students are delighted to showcase art pieces which show a stunning range of unique and eclectic glass works, celebrating the diversity of glass as a medium. Their work covers a wide range of techniques from traditional lead pieces to contemporary integrated multi-dimensional work with reclaimed components.

The show is a reflection of ideas and inspiration personal to the students and their passion for working with a medium which reflects light, colour and life. The techniques shown include, lead work, enamel, slump work, layering, fusing, casting, copper foil and an amalgamation of these methods.

Entrance is free and the exhibits will be on sale.

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: 26 April 2018
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