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Members of The London Library have access to a unique humanities library for use in their own homes or workplaces, in addition to congenial spaces in which to read and work.


The Dandy at Dusk with Philip Mann

Wednesday 24 January 2018 (please note different date from Magazine)


6th Floor Members' Room 

Philip Mann chronicles the relationship of dandyism and the emerging cultural landscape of modernity via portraits of Regency England’s Beau Brummell – the first dandy – and six twentieth-century figures: Austrian architect Adolf Loos, The Duke of Windsor, neo-Edwardian couturier Bunny Roger, writer and raconteur Quentin Crisp, French film producer Jean-Pierre Melville, and New German Cinema enfant terrible and inverted dandy Rainer Werner Fassbinder. He blends memorable anecdotes with acute analysis to explore their style, identity and influence and interweaves their stories with an entertaining history of tailoring and men's fashion. The Dandy at Dusk contextualises the relationship between dandyism, decadence and modernism, against the background of a century punctuated by global conflict and social upheaval. 

Places are at this event are now FULL, but if you wish to join the waiting list, please click herePlease note this event is for London Library members only. 

Mary Shelley and the Birth of Frankenstein

with Miranda Seymour

Thursday 25 January 2018


The Reading Room

Mary Shelley’s great novel “Frankenstein: or the Modern Prometheus” was first published 200 years ago in January 1818, changing the world of fiction forever.

Behind the tale of this remarkable novel is the tale of its extraordinary creator - Mary Shelley – who was just 19 when, on holiday with Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron in 1816, she first conceived the idea for the story that shook the world.

Join us for a special evening in celebration of Frankenstein’s 200th anniversary with Miranda Seymour - author of the definitive Mary Shelley biography. Miranda will be exploring the writing of the novel and the intricacies of Shelley’s life in a fascinating talk, woven around selected readings from Frankenstein and shining a light on the personality behind one of literature’s great classics.

Tickets are now SOLD OUT, but if you would like to join the waiting list, click here.

Towards Tate Modern

with Dr Caroline Donnellan

Monday 12th February 2018


6th Floor Members' Room

Caroline will be talking about her new book "Towards Tate Modern: Public Policy, Private Vision". The book examines Tate’s shifting position as a national arts institution and how the organisation refocused its aims and pioneered new models for working across the public and private sectors.Re-cast as a cultural and social forum, Tate Modern turned itself into a popular public event. The book considers how Tate Modern generated a set of new debates and what this might mean for the future role of the public museum and gallery.

This event is for members only. Places are at this event are free of charge but strictly limited to 25 spaces. To reserve your place click here

The London Library Philosophy Group

Every second Wednesday of the month

6th Floor Members' Room 

The group is open to all members, from complete beginners to those who are well read in the subject. All that is asked is that members are willing to join in the discussion and should have read the text that is being discussed which will be circulated in advance of each meeting.

London Library members wishing to attend meetings should register their interest with the group co-ordinator, Library member John Robinson, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a name and contact phone number.

Members will receive further details about the group, and a reading and resources list which relates to the topic being discussed at the end of each meeting.

Free to members. Numbers are limited to 15 members each meeting.


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