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

Charing Cross Library will be closed on Thursday 23 May 2019 as it will be used as a polling station. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

View Charing Cross library contact details and opening hours

Special events and news

May, Magic and Moonlight with author Anne Gaelan

Thursday 30 May, 4.30pm to 5.30pm.

Reading, music and movement event for primary school aged children around the comedy novel May, Magic and Moonlight by Anne Gaelan which is based on Dick Whittington.

This is a free event and booking a place in advance is advised. To book, contact Charing Cross Library.

Volunteers' Week drop-in

Monday 3 June, 2pm to 4pm.

Are you interested in volunteering? It's a great way to learn new skills and increase employability, build confidence and have fun. 

Join One Westminster to find out more. For further information, call: 020 7723 1216 or email: info@onewestminster.org.uk 

There is no need to book a place - just come along.

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.
Traditional Chinese painting classes 

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

Saturday, 11am to 1pm

5 classes of traditional Chinese landscape painting

10 classes of traditional Chinese painting of flowers and birds

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

Church Street Library will be closed on Thursday 23 May 2019 as it will be used as a polling station. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

View Church Street library contact details and opening hours

Special events and news

Dancing Books

Tuesday 26 March to Tuesday 16 July, 10.30am to 11.15am and 11.30am to 12.15pm. (no sessions Tuesday 28 May)

These sessions encourage everyone to get on their feet and get inspired about reading!

Dancing Books supports the development of literacy, phonetics and inspires storytelling and are designed for children under the age of four and their carers. Each session is delivered by an inspiring team of DanceWest teachers.

There are two sessions a week at Church Street Library. No booking is required, we do ask that you arrive in plenty of time and ready to dance. A £1 voluntary donation is requested by each family per session.

Cloth of Dreams stories and sewing project

Friday 24 May, 10 am to midday.

Come along and share stories and sewing skills at this new intergenerational community storytelling project. We'll be weaving together threads of people’s stories, hopes and dreams, culminating in an inspiring collaborative Church Street story cloth.

Free and no need to book, just turn up.

Elmer Day celebration

Saturday 25 May, 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

Elmer the patchwork elephant is 30 years old this year!  Help us celebrate Elmer's special birthday with stories and an Elmer-themed craft activity.

Suitable for children aged 2 to 5 years old. This is a event and there's no need to book a place, just turn up.

Cityread London activities for adults and children

Friday 7 June, 10 am to 5pm.

As part of this year's Cityread London celebration, we have a day of activities for adults and children at the library. All these activities are free and there's no need to book, just turn up.

For adults:

  • 10am Discussion about this year's book: Ayisha Malik’s Sofia Khan is Not Obliged, you are welcome to bring along any of your wedding photos
  • 10.45am Talk by Shifaa Ali on love life and marriage from a Muslim perspective
  • 11.30am Introduction to Moroccan wedding traditions with Fatima Qsayb
  • Midday Learn henna hand painting
  • 1pm All welcome for lunch, please bring a dish to share. We will also discuss our weddings and customs so photographs of your wedding will be very welcome.

There will also be clothes and jewellery stalls during the morning.
 
For children:

  • 3.45pm Violin skills showcase by children from Gateway Academy
  • 4.15pm sari and scarf demonstration

Smile, sleep and self-confidence workshops

Monday 10 June to Monday 8 July, 10.30am to 1.30pm.

A free 5-week course by Learning Unlimited for parents and carers. You will share and develop ideas for:

  • The importance of routines and sleep
  • Understanding each other
  • The role of praise
  • Enjoying special time
  • Positive discipline
  • Strategies for managing stressful situations
  • Building resilience in children.

This course is free. For more information and to book your place, contact Church Street Library.

Stalls and Bollywood dance show

Monday 10 June, 3pm to 5pm.

Clothes and jewellery stalls from 3pm and a Bollywood dance show from 4.30pm.

Help with Universal Tax Credits and your money

Friday 14 June to Friday 19 July,  9:30am to 11:30am.

Free 5 week course which will help improve your own financial skills. You'll learn:

  • How to budget
  • How to get the best deals
  • Where to go for best advice
  • A chance to ask questions about Universal Tax Credits

No need to book a place, 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.

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, 4.30pm to 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 City of Westminster Housing 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. 

Arabic club for adults

Wednesday, 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Thursday, 9.30am to 11.30am

 

Like to learn Arabic? This club is for beginners and for those that already speak some Arabic and would like to improve.

No need to book a place, just come along. 

Starts: Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 May 2019.

French club for adults Thursday, 11am to midday

Like to learn French? This club is for beginners. 

No need to book a place, just come along. 

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.

4. Maida Vale Library

View Maida Vale library contact details and opening hours

Special events and news

Astronauts and earthlings

Thursday 30 May, 3.30pm to 4.30pm.

A fun health and well-being event which will explore the demands on our bodies and learn how comparing life on earth and beyond can provide new insights and help us look after our own health better.

Led by the Body Back- Up, a local osteopath clinic this is suitable for children aged 6-11 years and their parents/carers.
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. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Homework club Wednesday 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

 

 

    

 

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.

5. Marylebone Library

View Marylebone library contact details and opening hours

Special events

I.T. help with tea and cakes

  • Friday 24 May, 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
  • Friday, 7 and 28 June, 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
  • Friday 12 and 26 July, 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.

These sessions are free. To book your place at any of the sessions, contact Steve Spavin from AgeUK Westminster by phone 020 3004 5610 or by email:
Stephen.Spavin@ageukwestminster.org.uk

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
Under 5s singalong Wednesday, 10.30am

Come along for a fun-filled guitar-led singalong for babies, toddlers (and their carers)

£2 suggested donation 

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
Meditation with Andrea  Thursday, 7pm

Like to learn how to meditate? Then join Andrea for this weekly class. 

Meditation can help increase well-being, self awareness and assist with achieving your goals.

£5 per session and you can pay on the day.

Beginners welcome. For more information, call: 07576 475 244 or email: andreacarranil@gmail.com  

Classes start: Thursday 23 May 2019

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

Minimalism - declutter your life

Monday 10 June, 6pm to 7.30pm.

Discover minimalism and its origins with Roberta Lekaunika. Find out the benefits of living a minimalist lifestyle and how it can positively affect us all and the planet.
Roberta will share her story, how she came across minimalism and the highs and lows along her transformative journey. There will also be a chance to ask questions.

Tickets are £4 and include light refreshments. Book via Eventbrite.

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
Board games Monday to Friday, 4pm to 5pm  Suitable for children aged 4 and over. This event takes place during the school holidays.
Under 5s sessions Tuesday, 10.30am to 11.15am Read more about sessions for under 5s
Story time First Tuesday of the month, 4pm to 4.40pm Suitable for children aged 6 to 9 years. Term time only
Italian story, play and rhyme time  Wednesday, 10.30am to 11.30am Playgroup with stories and rhymes in Italian
Little artists  Thursday, 3.30pm to 5pm 

A free arty group for children aged 4 and over. Booking not required, just come along.

This event takes place during the school holidays

Arabic playgroup for the under 5s Friday, 10.30am to 11am

PlayArabic is a playgroup that encourages spoken Arabic, through songs, music and
play. For more information, email: PlayArabic2018@gmail.com 

During the month of May 2019, this group will take place every Friday. 

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.

This event takes place during the school holidays

IXL after school maths and English club Friday 4pm to 5pm

Using the IXL online learning experience children can practise their maths and English. Suitable for children aged 8 to 11.

Term time only

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

I.T. help with tea and cakes

Wednesday 22 May, 11am to 1pm.

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.

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

Natural cleaning and remedies

Saturday 25 May, 2pm to 4pm.

An informative workshop where you will pick up handy tips on how to clean your home in an environmentally friendly and cost effective way.

This is a free event. To book 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 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

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.
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.
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 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.

8. Pimlico Library

View Pimlico library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Dancing Books

Wednesday 27 March to Wednesday 17 July, 11am to 11.45am and midday to 12.45pm. (no sessions Wednesday 29 May)

These sessions encourage everyone to get on their feet and get inspired about reading!

Dancing Books supports the development of literacy, phonetics and inspires storytelling and are designed for children under the age of four and their carers. Each session is delivered by an inspiring team of DanceWest teachers.

There are two sessions a week at Pimlico Library. No booking is required, we do ask that you arrive in plenty of time and ready to dance. A £1 voluntary donation is requested by each family per session.

Film night at the library

Wednesday 22 May, 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

In celebration of this year's Cityread London book, ‘Sofia Khan is not Obliged’ by Ayisha Malik,  we will have a special cinema screening of 'Bridget Jones's Diary'. 

Suitable for those aged 15 years and over. This is a free event, no need to book a place - just turn up.

Elmer Day celebration

Saturday 25 may, 10.30am to 11.15am.

Elmer the patchwork elephant is 30 years old this year!  Help us celebrate Elmer's special birthday with stories, songs and an Elmer-themed craft activity. 

Suitable for children aged 1 to 5 years old. This is a event and there's no need to book a place, just turn up.

Telling the time workshop 

Tuesday 28 May, midday to 1pm.

To help children tackle the challenge of the big and little hand, join Explore Learning for this telling the time workshop. We all know how tricky it can be to master this lifelong skill, so no time like the present to start learning.

This is a free event suitable for children aged 5 to 7 years old. Places are limited so booking in advance is required, contact Pimlico Library.

A spring in your step reading workshop

Tuesday 28 May, 1pm to 2pm.

Reading is a fantastic way of helping children develop their creativity and imagination. This workshop with Explore Learning is designed to help unlock this lifelong skill. Can the children predict what will happen next? Can they dive into characters' minds and interpret what they are thinking?

This is a free event suitable for children aged 7 to 9 years old. Places are limited so booking in advance is required, contact Pimlico Library.

Perfectly Norman story and craft event

Thursday 30 May, 2pm to 3pm.

Join Story Builders from the Discover Children’s Story Centre to explore picture book, Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival. In this interactive event, children will hear all about Norman, a boy with an extraordinary secret.

Explore why Norman feels the way he does, and reflect on what makes us all unique. The event includes a craft activity for each child to complete and take home. 

This event is delivered with Thrive LDN, and promotes positive mental health messages for young children and families.
 
Suitable for children aged 4 to 7 years old and their parents/carers. Free and no need to book, just turn up. 

Eid family learning event

Saturday 15 June, 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

Join us for these fun and creative activities including:

  • Eid themed family crafts
  • Henna painting
  • Information stalls  
  • Balloon modelling

Light refreshments will be provided. No need to book, just turn up. 

Herbal haven

  • Monday 17 June, 10am to 11.30am.
  • Monday 24 June, 10am to 12.30pm.
  • Monday 1 July 10am to 11.30am.

Discover the healing properties of herbs and learn how to make your own teas, soaps, bath bombs and potions.

Free and no need to book, just turn up.

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, 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.

Knit Night Tuesday, 6.30pm to 7.30pm

New weekly knitting group. Bring a knitting project to work on over a cup of tea. Beginners are very welcome. Free and no need to book, just turn up. For more information, call 07502472370.

This event will start on: Tuesday 2 April 2019

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

Dancing Books

Tuesday 26 March to Tuesday 16 July, 10.30am to 11.15am and 11.30am to 12.15pm. (no sessions Tuesday 28 May)

These sessions encourage everyone to get on their feet and get inspired about reading!

Dancing Books supports the development of literacy, phonetics and inspires storytelling and are designed for children under the age of four and their carers. Each session is delivered by an inspiring team of DanceWest teachers.

There are two sessions a week at Queen's Park Library. No booking is required, we do ask that you arrive in plenty of time and ready to dance. A £1 voluntary donation is requested by each family per session.

Eid craft event for families

Thursday 30 May, 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

Craft event for families especially for Eid. Suitable for children of all ages.

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. 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
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.

10. St John's Wood Library

St John's Wood Library will be closed on Thursday 23 May 2019 as it will be used as a polling station. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

View St John's Wood 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 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

April's session will take place on: Thursday 25 April 2019

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
Share a Book group First Monday of the month, midday to 1pm Read more about reading groups.
Family history group Third Monday of the month, 11am to midday Free monthly meeting with refreshments. No need to book, just turn up. If you would like to look at something in particular, contact St John's Wood Library
Crime readers group Third Tuesday of the month Read more about reading groups
City of Westminster Housing 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: 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

Book sale

From Monday 15 April, all prices now half price.

Sale of ex-library stock including:

  • children's and teens books
  • adult fiction and non-fiction
  • CDs and DVDs
  • magazines

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

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 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

Due to an event taking place, Westminster Music Library will close at 2pm on Tuesday 28 May.

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

A London romance

Friday 17 May, 6pm to 7.30pm.

Off we go on a tour of some of the most romantic spots across London. We will be visiting beauty spots, taking in breath-taking views and investigating the fascinating and sometimes surprising histories behind them. As part of this lavishly illustrated talk, we will also be making our virtual journey using some amazingly romantic modes of transport.
This event is part of this year's Cityread London celebration.

Book your free place via Eventbrite.

The Art of Rejection - Off the cutting room floor' Westminster BIPs Networking Evening

Wednesday 22 May, 6pm to 7.30pm

This month networking theme is The Art of Rejection - Off the cutting room floor with guest speakers from the Professional Cartoonists Organisation: Glenn Marshall, The Surreal McCoy and the award-winning cartoonist Jeremy Banx.

Glenn, Carol and Jeremy bravely share some of their epic failures with us, creative work that was summarily rejected and discuss how this looks and feels in retrospect.

Was the rejection due to earth shatteringly bad work?

Or because it was considered too controversial or even ahead of its time?

Hindsight is 20/20 vision as the saying goes so come along to hear how these creatives handled rejection and their take on it now.

If you are a cartoonists, artist, arts student in creative arts industry or just simply a curious - come a long to network and get inspired! There will be laughs along the way!

Schedule:

  • 6pm to 6.15pm - Register and relax with a glass of wine or soft drink
  • 6.15pm to 6.30pm - Self-introductions - opportunity to raise your profile or promote any project you may have
  • 6.30pm to 7pm - Guest speaker - Glenn, The Surreal McCoy and Jeremy Banx
  • 7pm to 7.30pm - Peer support + networking Refreshment included with a choice of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverage.

Book your free place via Eventbrite

Arts Emporium

Saturday 25 May, 11.30am to 3.15pm

Come along to a series of creative workshops that have been inspired by Westminster Archives and some reference library students from the ‘Working in Community Arts’ course at Mary Ward Centre. They will guide you through some history, some ideas and some art techniques.

All workshops are free and materials will be provided. Each workshop lasts for around 45 minutes; you can attend as many as you like. No need to book a place, just turn up.

  • 11.30 am Sofia Sanchez – Blake’s Behemoth

Be inspired by William Blake’s illustrations from the Book of Job and collage your own mythical creature from our array of animals.

  • 12.30 pm Roisin Ennis - A Fragrant Fan

Capture the scent of 1870s London, learn about Penhaligon's Perfume House and make a double-sided fan. Will you be wafting the smell of filth or fragrance?

  • 1.30 pm Deborah Stokes – Re-mapping London

Cut up Booth’s historical colour-coded maps of London to make leaves and flowers and collage a new urban garden.

  • 2.30 pm Carys Orphan - Homeless Appliqué Campaigners around the world have used textiles as a means of protest. Create small pieces using thread and fabric to represent homelessness in Westminster.

Poets in the library

Wednesday 5 June, 6pm to 8pm.

Six poets respond to poetry that's part of Westminster Reference Library's poetry collection through new poems, music and visual art. The poets will read poems from the library’s collection that inspired them before sharing their responses and some of their other work.

Book your free place 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 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.

Dreaming in Cuban

Monday 13 to Saturday 25 May.

Over the years a fascination with travel and the concept of the journey have fed into and enriched the work of mixed media artist Jean Davey Winter. In 2017 she visited the island of Cuba, an experience which became the starting point for the work in this exhibition.

These are memories, impressions: glimpses through entrances, grilles, screens; the suggestion of a passage or maybe a flight of stairs; the colours and textures of crumbling walls. Nothing is specific or defined in the hope that sufficient space remains for the viewer to bring their own interpretation to the work, whether or not they have visited Cuba themselves.

The title of the exhibition is taken from the book of the same name by Cristina Garcia.

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: 17 May 2019
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