Idea Store Watney Market
260 Commercial Road
London E1 2FB
In line with Government advice, The Idea Stores and libraries are closed untill further notice.
- All learning courses are now closed for this term. The summer term is currently planned to run as normal but this is subject to change.
Fines and renewals
Please do not worry about any fines during this period – we will not be collecting any charges for late return and books will be automatically renewed until 30 April.
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Idea Store Watney Market, which opened on Tuesday 14 May 2013, is based on three floors and offers a wide range of services.
The £4.5 million Idea Store was jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Tower Hamlets Council. It provides adult, youth and children's library services complemented by a ground-floor space which hosts a range of community facilities.
There’s also a digital hub, where residents can get support using the council’s online services. There’s access to free Wi-Fi, computers and scanners, and staff on hand to help.
|Monday - Thursday||9am - 9pm|
|Friday||9am - 6pm|
|Saturday||9am - 5pm|
By public transport
Nearest DLR: Shadwell: Follow the signs to Watney Street Market from the station's entrance, as Watney Street turns to the right, continue straight on through the pedestrianised area until you reach Commercial Road. On your left is the entrance to the Idea Store Watney Market.
Nearest Overgound: Shadwell: Take the exit for Shadwell DLR station, turn left onto Watney Street, as Watney Street turns to the right, continue straight on through the pedestrianised area until you reach Commercial Road. On your left is the entrance to the Idea Store Watney Market.
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For cyclists with their own bike, there are cycle racks in Watney Market.
Barclays cycle hire docking stations available at:
- the entrance to Watney Market from Commercial Road
- the entrance of Shadwell DLR station
- the entrance to Philpott Street from Commercial Road
Cycle Superhighways CS2 and CS3 nearbyBy public transport
There are a limited number of pay and display parking spaces in the surrounding roads as well as parking spaces for Tower Hamlets resident's permit holders.