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Event Location

All Words In The Square events, including Party In The Square and the gala evening events, will take place in the celebration marquee in St James’s Square Gardens, SW1Y 4LE. From Thursday 5th May, the box office will also be at this location. Level access to the Gardens is available at the side closest to Pall Mall (see map below).

For tours of The London Library, please meet at Library Reception at 14 St James’s Square, SW1Y 4LG. Level access is available via the members’ entrance in Mason’s Yard, SW1Y 6BU.


7.30pm, Online

Join host Ian Hislop and fellow quiz masters Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Richard Ayoade, Daisy Goodwin, Victoria Hislop, John O'Farrell and Kate Williams for The London Library Virtual Quiz and help us raise funds for the Library’s Emerging Writers Programme .

Register for the quiz is easy, use the link below and once you have registered you will receive an email with all the details you need to join, a reminder email 24 hours before the event and the a final email an hour before the event begins.

Please join us and enjoy the quiz!

Support the Emerging Writers Programme

The quiz is free to join and we hope you will consider donating to support the Library’s Emerging Writers Programme.

Each year a group of 40 talented writers at the start of their careers are selected from an open application process, they can be any age and write in any genre. The Programme offers one years' free London Library membership, writing development masterclasses, literary networking opportunities, peer support and guidance in using the Library’s resources. This important work is funded entirely through donations.

Make a Donation

Or donate by text:

Text 'LLQUIZ 10' to 70085 donate £10

Text 'LLQUIZ 20' to 70085 donate £20

Texts cost £10 or £20 plus your standard message rate.

£10 covers the cost of one Emerging Writer to attend a Masterclass

£40 pays for one month's membership to the Library

£100 enables us to pay for a speaker to host a Masterclass

£300 pays for one Write and Shine course

£500 funds one year's membership for one participant and gives them access to the resources necessary to help hone their writing

£3,000 covers the cost of creating and printing an anthology of the cohort’s written work

Make a Donation



Friday 6th – Sunday 8th May

Tickets £15 

Take a special tour of The London Library and discover its fascinating history on a guided walk around the historic bookstacks and beautiful reading rooms. Find out about eminent members past and present and then enjoy a display of treasures celebrating 175 years in the life of a unique institution.  From Conan Doyle’s membership form, to a letter written by Oscar Wilde from Reading Gaol and books which were blasted with shrapnel when a bomb hit the Library during the Second World War, the display will include rare, fragile and little-seen items from the Library’s extraordinary collections.

You should allow 75 minutes for your visit, to include a 45-minute guided tour of the Library and time to explore the special display.

Tours take place throughout the weekend at the following times:

Friday 6th May – 10am, 1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm & 7pm

Saturday 7th May – 10am, 1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm & 7pm

Sunday 8th May – 10am, 1pm, 2.30pm & 4pm 

This is a rare opportunity. Places are limited and must be booked in advance www.londonlibrary175.eventbrite.co.uk

Tours may not be suitable for those with mobility difficulties because of the number of stairs involved. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.

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Thank you for completing The London Library Members’ Survey, we are most grateful for your time and the information you provided will be invaluable to us.

The London Library: Securing our future

Phases 1 and 2 of the Library's major redevelopment project have now been completed and fundraising continues for the next two phases of what is the most significant building programme for the Library in over a century. Hear the Library's President Sir Tom Stoppard and Librarian Inez Lynn talk about the Library's future plans and Phases 3 & 4.

Produced by Sketch for The London Library
Director: Jeremy Riggall

Inside The London Library

A short film exploring the book stacks and the reading rooms in the Library and the beautiful new spaces members can now work and relax in.

Produced by Sketch for The London Library.
Director: Jeremy Riggall

Members of The London Library

Watch members, including Tom Stoppard, Simon Schama, Sara Wheeler & Simon Callow tell you about why they love The London Library and why they think you should join.

Produced by Sketch for The London Library
Director: Jeremy Riggall Editor: Jo Pegram