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Enrol: 0207 364 5665

Visitor Information

Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
277 Bancroft Road, London E1 4DQ

Phone: 020 7364 1290



All users are required to register with the service on their first visit. Please fill in the form below and bring it along with a form of ID providing proof of your permanent address.

Registration form [PDF]

Opening Times

Monday Open for exhibition only
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 8pm
Friday Open for exhibition only
Saturday* 9am - 5pm 





*First and Third Saturday of the month only

Christmas and New Year Opening Times

For those of you planning to visit us over the Christmas and New Year period, please be aware that Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives will be closed to the public from Saturday 23 December 2017 – Monday 1 January 2018 inclusive.

In addition we will also be closing for five days between Monday 22  - Friday 29 January 2018 to allow staff to carry out an important stocktake of our collections. During these closure periods neither our reading room nor email/phone enquiry service will be available.

Disabled access

A ramp and lift have recently been installed and the building is now fully accessible to wheelchair users.

Getting There

map of the area 

By public transport

Nearest tube: Stepney Green

Bus Routes: 25, along Mile End Road

By car

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.

Room Hire

We have a Ground Floor Education Room. For further information visit the Local History Library Room Hire web page.