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.

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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 and news

There are no special events planned at the moment.

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
Chatterbooks reading group Second Tuesday of the month, 4.15pm to 5.15pm For children aged 6 to 11. Read more about Chatterbooks
Maths club Thursday, 4pm to 5pm Using the IXL online learning experience which is suitable for children in reception up to year 13. To book a place, contact Charing Cross Library
Cantonese and Mandarin lessons Saturday, 10.30am to 2pm and Sunday, 11am to 5pm Suitable for children aged 3 to 17 years old. For more information, prices and to book contact Miss Chan on 07886 575 467
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 For more information and to confirm dates, please contact Mr Chung on 07555 766 701
Union Dance Spring Residency sessions of dance, movement and fitness Tuesday, 6.30pm to 8pm For young people aged 16 years and above, £3/ £1 concessions per session. Free for those living, working or studying in Westminster. To book a place, text Corrine on 07976557415 or email: corrine.bougaard@uniondance.co.uk
Action on Hearing Loss drop-in session Monthly on Tuesday, 11am to 2pm Free one to one sessions with the largest charity in the UK for people with hearing loss. Share your concerns and hearing loss checks are available. Next dates: Tuesday 14 August, Tuesday 11 September and Tuesday 9 October 2018.
Traditional Chinese painting classes 

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

Saturday, 11am to 1pm

5 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

Beautiful Life Chinese reading group Monthly on Friday For more information contact the group's organiser by email yoyochen082010@gmail.com
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

 

3. Church Street Library

View Church Street library contact details and opening hours

Special events and news

Cool cats

Wednesday 20 February, 2pm to 4pm.

Design your own cat mask at this family craft event.

Free, book a place via Eventbrite.

Sugar cube invaders

Thursday 21 February, 11am to midday.

Come along and learn about, healthy eating at our Change4Life ‘Sugar Swap event and make your own flying sugar cube invader.

Suitable for children aged 4 years and over. Free and no need to book, just turn up.

Little painters

Friday 22 February, 10.30am to 11.30am.

Art event for children aged for  2 to 4 year olds.

No need to book, just turn up.

Make your own bookmark

Friday 22 February, 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

Come along and make a brilliant bookmark.

Suitable for children aged 4 years and over. Free and no need to book, just turn up.

Lego club

Friday 22 February, 4pm to 6pm.

Calling all builders - come and build your Lego masterpiece!

Suitable for children aged 4 years and over. Free and 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
Games club Monday, 4.30pm to 6.00pm We play a variety of traditional board games as well as having fun on our Playstation 4! No booking required. For ages 5+
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 5.30pm

Free for 6 to 8 year olds. Games, songs and activities within a small group with a qualified and experienced native French teacher.

The Tuesday club is for post-beginners and the Wednesday club is for beginners.

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
Little painters Friday, 10.30am to 11.30am A free arty group for 2-4 year olds. Booking not required, just come along!
Lego Club Friday, 4.30-5.30pm Calling all builders! Come along and create a masterpiece out of Lego, with the best being displayed in the library during the week. No booking required. For ages 5+
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 Monday, 11.30am to 1.30pm, and Wednesday, midday 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.
Employment advice session Tuesday 10am to 1pm Are you looking for work? Free advice and support sessions by CityWest Homes for Westminster residents. To book a place call Esther on 07775 027 595
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, and council tax. 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.
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4. Maida Vale Library

View Maida Vale library contact details and opening hours

Special events and news

Robots from rubbish 

Wednesday 20 February, 2.30pm to 4pm.

Make your own robot from recycled materials.

Free event suitable for children of all ages. No need to book, just turn up.

Harry Potter party

Thursday 21 February, 3pm to 5pm.

Come dressed as your favourite Harry Potter character and take part in games, quizzes and enjoy some refreshments.

Suitable for children aged 6 years and over. £2 per child and booking a place in advance is essential, pop into the library to buy your ticket.

Sugar Swaps under 5s

Friday 22 February, 10.30am to 11.30am.

Songs, rhymes and stories for the under 5s. This special session with Mytime Active is supporting the national Change4Life Sugar Swaps campaign to encourage children and families to choose lower-sugar alternatives.

Free and 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
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 4 January 2019. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Homework club Tuesday and Friday, 3.45pm to 5.30pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs

Regular events for adults

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

Get free advice on writing a CV, job search techniques 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 the Westbourne Ward Safer Neighbourhood Team

First Monday of the month, 4pm to 5pm

Second and fourth Saturday of the month, 1pm to 2pm

 

No need to book, just turn up

 

The session scheduled for Saturday 26 January has been cancelled.    

 

    

 

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
English speaking club Saturday, 10.30am to 12.30pm

Would you like to speak English with confidence? Then join our free club. No need to book, just turn up.

This group will not meet on Saturday 29 December 2018.

5. Marylebone Library

View Marylebone library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Sugar Swaps treasure hunt

Thursday 21 February, 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

Explore the library with our Sugar Swaps treasure hunt, fun for all the family. This special session  is supporting the national Change4Life Sugar Swaps campaign to encourage children and families to choose lower-sugar alternatives.

Free and no need to book, just turn up.

I.T. help with tea and cakes

Friday 22 February, 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

Tired of having to ask your loved ones for help using digital devices? Are you a senior citizen looking to develop your digital skills? Would you like to learn how to use them more effectively in a relaxed atmosphere with tea and cake? Please bring along your mobile, laptop, iPad etc - so that you can receive one to one tutoring with your own device.

This is a free event. To book your place contact Steve Spavin from AgeUK Westminster by phone 020 3004 5610 or by email:
Stephen.Spavin@ageukwestminster.org.uk

There will be future sessions on Friday 8 March, Friday 22 March and Friday 5 April.

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 and Friday, 10.30am

Read more about sessions for under 5s
Story time Friday, 3.45pm to 4.45pm Story time for children aged 3+
Saturday morning crafts Saturday, 10.30am to 12pm Make something new every week!
Board games and Lego club Saturday and Sunday, 2pm to 4pm A fun club for children from 5 to 10 years old.

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
Serenity Massage sessions Wednesday, 11am to 1pm

Take time to unwind with a relaxing massage to distress and revive the senses.

Choose either a neck to shoulder massage or a hand to forearm massage and your choice of essential oils with a qualified therapist.

Sessions cost £5 for a 10 minute massage; to book, contact Marylebone Library

Age UK drop -in surgery 

Last Thursday of the month, 10.30 to 11.30am

The UK's largest charity working with older people are offering a free open surgery for help with welfare benefits, pensions, housing, social care, taxi cards, advocacy, charitable grants and assistance with correspondence.

For more information, contact Age UK by phone on 020 3004 5610 or email: enquiries@ageukwestminster.org.uk

6. Mayfair Library

View Mayfair library contact details and opening hours

Special events

There are no special events planned at the moment.

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
Arabic playgroup for the under 5s Last Monday of the month, 10.30am to 11.30am PlayArabic is a playgroup that encourages spoken Arabic, through songs, music and
play. For more information, email: PlayArabic2018@gmail.com 
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
Lego club Friday, 3.45pm to 4.45pm Calling all builders! Come along and create a masterpiece out of Lego, with the best being displayed in the library during the week. No booking required, just turn up.

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

Meet the TfL Rail Community Ambassador

Friday 22 February, 11am to 1pm.

Free drop-in event with the local TFL Rail Community Ambassador.

They will be able to answer any questions or concerns you may have about your railway, the Elizabeth line and all the work they are doing with the surrounding communities.

No need to book, just drop-in.

Origami workshop

Saturday 23 February, 1pm to 3pm.

Origami is the art of paper folding. Join Kim to discover how it works in this fun workshop. You will be able to choose basic shapes, such as a heart or ninja star. Or slightly more complicated ones, such as water bomb, jumping frog and crane.

This is a free event suitable for adults and children aged 8 and over.

To book a place, contact Paddington Library.

Volunteer recruitment fair

Thursday 14 March, 11am to 2pm.

Are you age 18+ and looking for a community-based volunteering opportunity which makes a difference in older people’s lives? Then come along to Age UK Westminster's volunteer recruitment fair and find out how you can get involved.

There will also be stalls from Octavia Support and Open Age.

For more information or to book a place, contact Age UK Westminster by phone: 020 3004 5610 (Monday to -Friday, 10am-2pm or email: enquiries@ageukwestminster.org.uk

Regular events for children and young people

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

Event Time and date Information
Homework club Monday and Friday, 3.45pm to 5.15pm Term time only. 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.
English club Saturday, 2pm to 3pm Using IXL, an online learning experience that provides comprehensive, curriculum-based maths and English. The English and maths clubs are suitable for children in Year 1 and up to Year 13.
 
Maths club Saturday, 3pm to 4.30pm
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, 2pm to 4pm 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. 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 by calling 020 7563 6217 or emailing hpgroup@clch.nhs.uk
English conversation group Saturday, 10.30am to 12.30pm Would you like to speak English with confidence? Then join our free club. No need to book, just turn up. In partnership with Rotary Club of London.

8. Pimlico Library

Due to an event taking place, Pimlico Children's Library will be closed Thursday 21 February, 1pm to 5pm.

View Pimlico library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Sugar Swaps story time 

Wednesday 20 February, 10am to 11am.

Games and stories suitable for children aged 1 to 6 years old. This story time with Mytime Active is supporting the national Change4Life Sugar Swaps campaign to encourage children and families to choose lower-sugar alternatives.

Each child will get a free sticker pack to take home.

Free and no need to book, just turn up.

International Mother Language Day family afternoon

Thursday 21 February, 1.30pm - 5pm.

Join the Westminster Bangladeshi Association in celebrating International Mother Language Day. This will be a fun afternoon for families with children of all ages. Events include:

  • family learning craft activities
  • art and poetry competitions
  • health stalls

Free event and no need to book, just turn up. Free refreshments will be available.

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.
Junior Chess Club Every Monday, 6.30pm to 7.45pm. Term time only Free, no booking required. Improve your chess skills - Make new friends and have fun! - All abilities welcome Junior Chess Club is back by popular demand! The sessions are provided by Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC), and run by CSC coaches with DBS clearance. Children will receive 15 minutes of coaching followed by 1 hour of play with coaching support.

 

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) by emailing 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 Saturday, 10am to midday during term time Are you interested in improving your practical English conversation? Join for free, no booking required. Some sessions may be cancelled occasionally, so confirm with the library beforehand. In partnership with Rotary Club of London.

9. Queen's Park Library

View Queen's Park library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Battle of the brains family quiz

Thursday 21 February, 2.30pm to 4pm.

Join us for a free fun family afternoon - play on your own or as part of a family team. There will be prizes for the winning team. There will also be a Sugar Swaps treasure hunt, supporting the national Change4Life Sugar Swaps campaign which is encouraging children and families to choose lower-sugar alternatives.

Free and no need to book, just turn up.

Free event which is suitable for children of all ages and their families and refreshments will be provided.

Harry Potter party

Thursday 28 February, 4.30pm to 6pm.

Celebrate the wizarding world of Harry Potter with games, crafts and party snacks. You can even make your own Hedwig. Why not come dressed as your favourite character? There'll be a prize for the best costume.

Helping people who have been out of work

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.

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 or guardian - 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
IXL Club Maths and English Wednesday 4pm to 5pm (except school holidays) All ages. We are using IXL Maths and English. Offering great support and lots of fun, come along!
Lego club Friday during term time, 4pm to 5pm 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 meeting will be on Monday 14 January 2019.

The theme for this month's session will be: 'I, tennis ball'. Come along and imagine yourself as a bouncy ball at Wimbledon or even a dog's favourite toy.

Reading group Third Monday of the month Read more about reading groups
English speaking club Tuesday 11.30am 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.
Basic computer session Thursday, 11.30am to 1.30pm Do you need any email help with using Microsoft Word, sending emails or searching the internet? Then we can help. No need to book, just drop-in.
Meet your local police officers 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 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. The date of the next class is: Thursday 13 September 2018.

10. St John's Wood Library

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

Special events

Spaghetti engineering

Wednesday 20 February, 2pm to 4pm.

This is a practical workshop for children and their parents/carers. You will learn how to build a bridge from spaghetti and marshmallows. Not only will you be able to test the strength of your bridge but you will have fun meeting the challenge together.

All children must be accompanied by an adult with at least one adult per two children.

This workshop is free and booking a place in advance is essential, contact St John's Wood Library.

Meet children's author Paul Watkins

Friday 22 February, 3.30pm to 4.30pm.

Join author and illustrator, Paul Watkins as he presents the characters Poppy and Pollo and Felipe and Esmerelda from his two new books. This will be followed by a themed craft activity and the opportunity to buy copies of the books.

Free event and 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, 10.15am to 11am 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 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
English conversation club Thursday, 10am to midday

Would you like to speak English with confidence? Then join our free club. No need to book, just turn up. In partnership with Rotary Club of London.
                                      

Meet your local police officers Thursday and Saturday, 2pm to 3pm

An opportunity to discuss any community safety matters as well as general home and personal safety concerns.

Confirmed dates: Thursday 21 February, Saturday 2 March and Saturday 9 March

Chair yoga Friday, 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

Sugar Swaps rhyme time

Thursday 28 February, 10.30am to 11am.

Join us for this special rhyme time for the under 5s. This session is supporting the national Change4Life Sugar Swaps campaign to encourage children and families to choose lower-sugar alternatives.

Free and 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 Thursday, 10.30am to 11.30am Read more about sessions for under 5s
Italian story, play and rhyme time Friday, 11am to 12pm 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.
Saturday morning crafts Saturday, 10.30am

Make something new every week. Suitable for children of all ages.

Regular events for adults

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

Upcoming sessions:

  • Tuesday 12 and 26 February
  • Tuesday 12 and 26 March
  • Tuesday 2 April
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

Special events and news

There are no special events planned at the moment.

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

Pricing strategy workshop

Wednesday 20 February, 6pm to 7.30pm.

Presented by Thierry Bayle, founder of Global Fashion Management.

Whatever your industry and your business model (whether B2B or B2C), your pricing and margins are an essential component of your success. Getting them right helps you to build a profitable, long-term business. However, should your pricing and margins be wrong from the start, none of your investment will produce any profitable return.

This workshop will provide you with a reality check and help you to set your pricing strategy in context, so that you can successfully bring your products to market. We will discuss:

  • How pricing and margins will vary by stakeholder, location and B2B/B2C
  • The effect this has on the business
  • The relationship between the seller and the buyer and how (and why) this can vary
  • The issue of trust and how this is affected by getting the numbers right.

We will also explore a number of case studies to understand the consequences of having the right/wrong pricing and margins. This is an interactive session, so please bring your numbers with you! Please don’t worry about negative comments or judgement, the aim of the workshop is to help you to get the right pricing and margin for your product.

Tickets are £6, book via Eventbrite.

Westminster BIPs networking evening: LinkedIn first aid

Tuesday 5 March, 6pm to 7.30pm.

This month's Westminster Business Information Points networking evening theme is 'Your LinkedIn profile, a first aid session'.

Guest speaker, Amber Raney-Kincade will talk about your LinkedIn profile. Is it looking pale and uninteresting? Suffering from a lack of purpose and direction? If so, don’t worry, help is at hand.

Come along to network and revive your LinkedIn profile and give it a new lease of life. Get professional input from Amber during the networking session on improving your LinkedIn profile - whether you are looking to further your career, trying to make new connections, sales, or promote your service, this session will help you to find out how LinkedIn can work for you the way you want it to.

Meet other professionals, entrepreneurs and business owners who are curious about getting more from LinkedIn. Ask your question, get a full 'how to' answer. You’ll leave with tips and tricks for connecting with others on LinkedIn and perhaps a few new contacts too.

Tickets are £6 and include a drink, book via Eventbrite.

Writing history as fiction: award winning, bestselling Latvian author Nora Ikstena

Friday 1 March, 6.30pm to 8pm.

Join the Latvian writer Nora Ikstena in conversation with writer and book blogger Eric Karl Anderson on her best-selling novel "Soviet Milk" published in the United Kingdom by Peirene Press.

Book for this event via Eventbrite

Paper conservation roadshow

Thursday 7 March, 2pm to 5pm.

In order to open accessibility of their work to a wider audience, the conservator and volunteers will demonstrate their skills and answer any questions. All welcome, no need to book.

To find out more information visit their website.

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 advice session Every other Tuesday, 12.30pm to 3.30pm

Free 40-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 12.30pm, for a maximum of 5 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, visit 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.

Tearing Up The Rule Book exhibition by Day Bowman

Tuesday 19 March to Saturday 13 April.

Talk: Tuesday 26 March, 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

This is a an exhibition of new paintings by Day Bowman whose large scale canvases echo the marks, lines and shapes that she and her brother made as children in the wet grey sand of their hometown beach. Growing up in a holiday destination, small seaside town the artist recognises that her work has frequently referenced the sea, the beach and the littoral and, from an early age, was acutely aware of the life of the seasons with the tsunami of summer visitors followed by the closed-up, out-of-season, winter months.

In this current series of paintings she sees these works as squaring the circle of her life and reaffirming her sense of play along with a deep questioning of the notion of place, identity and belonging in present day Britain.

The talk to accompany this exhibition, Day Bowman will be in conversation with Rosalind Davis, artist and curator at Collyer Bristow Gallery. Free, and no need to book a place, just turn up.

The exhibition will close at 3pm on Saturday 13 April.

Space hire

Interested in hiring the exhibition space on the first floor of Westminster Reference Library? For further information, including the full terms and conditions of hire please contact the library

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

Previous exhibitions


Last updated: 19 February 2019
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