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Tel: 0333 370 4700

Enrol: 0207 364 5665

Opening Times

May Bank Holidays

The Idea Stores and libraries are closed on Monday 6 May and Monday 27 May.

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 (Temporarily closed)
Idea Store Whitechapel 11am – 5pm


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


Idea Store Chrisp Street Temporary Closure

Please note that the Idea Store Chrisp Street will be temporarily closed from 2 May to late summer 2019 due to major refurbishment works.


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]

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