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Tel. 0333 370 4700

Opening Times

Idea Stores

  • Monday – Thursday 9am – 9pm
  • Friday 9am – 6pm
  • Saturday 9am – 5pm

Idea Store Bow 10am – 4pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf 12pm – 6pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street 10am – 4pm
Idea Store Whitechapel 11am – 5pm


  • Monday – Wednesday 10am – 6pm
  • Thursday 10am – 8pm
  • Friday 10am – 6pm
  • Saturday 9am – 5pm

Local History Library & Archives

  • Monday and Friday Closed
  • Tuesday 10am - 5pm
  • Wednesday 9am - 5pm
  • Thursday 9am - 8pm
  • Saturday 9am - 5pm [First and Third Saturday of the month only]


Christmas 2017 Opening Hours

All Idea Stores and Libraries (excluding Local History)

Sunday 24 December

  • 10:00am - 4:00pm (Idea Stores Bow and Chrisp Street)
  • 11:00am - 4:00pm (Idea Store Whitechapel)
  • 12:00pm - 4:00pm (Idea Store Canary Wharf)

Idea Store Whitechapel and Idea Store Chrisp Street only:

Monday 25 December CLOSED
Tuesday 26 December CLOSED
Wednesday 27 December 9:00am-5:00pm
Thursday 28 December 9:00am-5:00pm 
Friday 29 December 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday 30 December 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday 31 December 10:00am-4:00pm (Idea Store Chrisp Street)
  11:00am-4:00pm (Idea Store Whitechapel)
Monday 1st January CLOSED

Idea Store Bow and Idea Store Canary Wharf
Closed from Monday 25 December to Monday 1st January 2018 included.

Idea Store Watney Market, Bethnal Green Library, Cubitt Town Library
Closed from Sunday 24 December to Monday 1st January 2018 included.

Local History Library & Archives
Closed from Friday 23 December to Monday 2 January 2018 included.

Shadwell Centre:
Closed from Saturday 23 December to Monday 1st January 2018 included.  

All sites:
Tuesday 2 January: Back to normal hours


Idea Store Bow
1 Gladstone Place,
Roman Road, Bow,
London E3 5ES 

Idea Store Canary Wharf
Churchill Place 
London E14 5RB

Idea Store Chrisp Street
1 Vesey Path
East India Dock Road 
London E14 6BT 

Idea Store Watney Market
260 Commercial Road
London E1 2FB 

Idea Store Whitechapel
321 Whitechapel Road 
London E1 1BU

Bethnal Green Library
Cambridge Heath Road 
London E2 0HL

Cubitt Town Library
Strattondale Street 
London E14 3HG

Tower Hamlets Local History Library
and Archives

277 Bancroft Road,
London E1 4DQ