Idea Store - What's On

What's On

Scroll down the page to discover an exciting range of events every month as well regular, weekly activities, for all ages, on offer at your local Idea Store. 

May

 
Every Tuesday in May 5:00 - 7:00pm
Medicine for the Soul at Idea Store Chrisp Street
Did you know that regularly visiting a library or Idea Store can have a great positive impact on your happiness and wellbeing? Take part in this session to discover all the possible health benefits you can find at Idea Store Chrisp Street. Discover online resources such as PressDisplay and Zinio where you can download the latest health magazines. Also learn how to use Freegal, where you can download relaxing music for free.
Idea Store Chrisp Street
 
2 May - 30 May
Photography Exhibition: Brick Lane Born
Growing up in Spitalfields in the 1980s, Raju Vaidyanathan took thousands of photographs but could never afford to develop them. These extraordinary images are now on show for the first time—an insider’s view of community life in Brick Lane, captured by an Asian teenager.
Idea Store Canary Wharf
 
Tuesday 30 May 6:00 - 8:00pm
Guided walk: Mile End New Town
Meeting point: Aldgate East tube (Whitechapel High St/north side)
Exhibition curator and Borough Archivist Malcolm leads a guided walk around the former Hamlet of Mile End New Town, an obscure administrative area adjacent to Spitalfields which ceased to exist in 1901. The walk will be illustrated using copies of historic materials from our collection.
Free, advance booking required: email localhistory@towerhamlets.gov.uk or call 020 7364 1290 during working hours. Let us know any access needs.
Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives
 

June

 
Thursday 1 June 2:30 - 3:30pm  Ages 5 – 11
Summer Sun Sensation
Here comes the summer! Get ready now by helping us create our great beach themed frieze!
Idea Store Canary Wharf
 
Thursday 1 June 6:00 - 7:30pm
Talk: Charles Booth's Poverty Map
We're delighted to host historian Sarah Wise to give a talk on Charles Booth's Poverty Map of 1898-99. An early example of social cartography, each street is coloured to indicate the income and social class of its inhabitants. Free, no booking required.
Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives
 
Friday 2 June 10:00 - 1:00pm
Family activity: Map-making
Come along to this half-term workshop where you'll get the chance to create your own map of the local area, inspired by photographs and maps from the archives. Led by artist Virginia Hawke, this workshop is for children between the ages of 5 and 10 years accompanied by a parent or carer, although younger and older siblings are welcome.
Free, advance booking required: email localhistory@towerhamlets.gov.uk or call 020 7364 1290 during working hours. Let us know any access needs.
Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives
 
Saturday 3 June 11:00 - 12:00pm
Exhibition Guided Tour
Find lengthy text captions a bit overwhelming? This free guided tour of the Mapping the Hamlets exhibition is for you. Its curator Malcolm Barr-Hamilton will talk through each map on display. Free, but a small group is essential so please phone 0207 364 1290 or email localhistory@towerhamlets.gov.uk to book a place.
Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives
 
Saturday 3 June 1:00 - 4:00pm
Going digital: mapping family histories in Whitechapel with the Survey of London
The Survey of London host an informal discussion about recording family histories in Whitechapel, followed by a workshop about how to add yours to their interactive online map. Free, no booking required.
Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives
 
Tuesday 13 June 2:00 - 3:30pm
The Imitation Game: Film screening [adults]
Come along to this free film screening celebrating Pride in London, 2017. The Immitation Game is a gripping, acclaimed thriller that tells the incredible true story of unsung war hero Alan Turing, the British mathematician responsible for cracking the German Enigma code during World War II.
Idea Store Chrisp Street
 
Tuesday 13 June 6:00 - 8:00pm
Guided walk: St George In The East
Meeting point: Shadwell Overground station
A guided walk exploring the Parish of St. George-in-the-East, led by Borough Archivist Malcolm Barr-Hamilton, using historic maps and other resources from our collections. Free, advance booking required: email localhistory@towerhamlets.gov.uk or call 020 7364 1290 during working hours. Let us know any access needs.
Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives
 
Saturday 17 June, 10:30am - 4:00pm
Family History Day
How are you getting on with that family tree? Want to get some help from experts, or meet up with others tracing their East End ancestry? Come to our free Family History Day where there will be help provided in using online sources such as the census and parish registers. Stalls from East End history groups - including the East of London Family History Society - will be present, as well as a line-up of talks and workshops on different aspects of researching family history. No need to book - just drop in.
Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives
 
Thursday 22 June 6:15 - 7:30pm
Talks: 18th and 19th century London, by map and model

Borough Archivist Malcolm Barr-Hamilton discusses Gascoyne's 1703 map of Stepney, the most significant map ever produced in terms of Tower Hamlets' history; Andrew Byrne talks about his work-in-progress model of 1840 London also displayed in our exhibition. Free, no booking required.
Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives
 
Tuesday 27 June 2:00 - 3:30pm
Brokeback Mountain: Film screening [adults]
Come along to this free film screening celebrating Pride in London, 2017. Set against the sweeping vistas of Wyoming and Texas, the film tells the story of two young men - a ranch-hand and a rodeo cowboy - who meet in the summer of 1963, and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection, one whose complications, joys, and tragedies provide a testament to the endurance and power of love.
Idea Store Chrisp Street
 
Thursday 29 June 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Film night: Whitechapel 1968

In collaboration with the Survey of London we are delighted to present a screening of two contrasting documentaries featuring Whitechapel, both of which were made in the 'year of revolutions', 1968.

Georgia Brown: Who are the Cockneys Now? is a very personal look by the singer and actress Georgia Brown, returning to her childhood haunts in Whitechapel. She reflects on her own Jewish heritage and that of the area (including the Brady Club) and looks at the changing character of Whitechapel, which she celebrates as a place that has always welcomed immigrants. It features interviews with Lionel Bart, who she went to school with, Vidal Sassoon, the writer Wolf Mankowitz and the legendary Tubby Isaacs, the jellied eel man, and many other locals. There are evocative scenes of Petticoat Lane, Old Montague Street, Whitechapel Road, Black Lion Yard and Hessel Street and the streets just north of Wentworth Street, including her old school in Deal Street, much of which was soon to be demolished for redevelopment.
The London Nobody Knows, filmed in the same apocalyptic year, is described as a 'trippy documentary', presented by the actor James Mason. It is not just about Whitechapel, but includes a major segment about it, an outsider's view in contrast to Georgia Brown's.
Click here to book your free place.
Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives

Throughout the Year

Story Time
Rhymes, stories and fun for babies and children up to 5 years old, plus time to choose your favourite books! Story Time takes place at all Idea Stores and libraries 
Monday to Saturday10:30am - 11:15am
 
Reading Aloud
Relax after school with refreshments and a story The Daily Serial for children up to 11 years takes place at all Idea Stores and libraries.
Monday to Friday, 3:30pm
 

Mondays

Job Support Session with Krypton Training
Delivered in partnership with Krypton Training Ltd, a specialist careers advice and employment support service provider. Helps you with the skills you need to get back to work, including creation of CVs and covering letters and support with application forms and interview technique. For more information or to book an appointment contact 020 7375 3843
Mondays, 10:00am - 5:00pm 
Idea Store Whitechapel
 
Prime Time 
Have an enjoyable and relaxing time, meet new and familiar friends, enjoy a cup of coffee and chat with staff about new books, CDs, DVDs. For the over 50s.
Mondays, 10:15am - 11:45am
Idea Store Whitechapel
 
Knit and Natter
Bring your knitting, lunch and hang out with other knitters.New members always welcome. Unravel and unwind!!
Mondays 1:00 - 2:00pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf 
 
Make the Most of Your Tablet, Your Computer and the Internet
Learn and practice basic computer skills at your own pace.
Mondays, 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Idea Store Bow
 

Book Break
Sit back and relax whilst listening to stories and poems, or join in with the reading and conversation.
Mondays, 2pm - 2.45pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Boys' Book Club
For boys up to 11 years. A club especially for boys to get together and share their reading experiences, explore a range of reading materials and media and talk about anything that interests them. Snacks and drinks provided.  Have lots of fun making friends and enjoy a variety of activities. Look out for quizzes and prizes – and maybe a penalty shoot out.
In all Idea Stores and libraries 
Mondays, 4:00 pm

 
Make the Most of Your Tablet, Your Computer and the Internet
Learn and practice basic computer skills at your own pace.
Mondays, 6.00pm - 7.00pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf
 
PopLaw Legal Advice
PopLaw is FREE legal advice clinic run by qualified solicitors who will offer initial legal advice on all areas of the law except family and immigration. This is a drop-in service, no appointments necessary.
Mondays, 6:15pm - 8:15pm (starts 6 February 2017)
Idea Store Whitechapel

Tuesdays

 

 

 

Job Club at Cubitt Town Library
Help with CV writing, job searching, course information and volunteering, with an Employment Adviser from the East End Community Foundation. 
Tuesdays, term-time only, 10:30am - 4:00pm
Cubitt Town Library

Make the Most of Your Tablet, Your Computer and the Internet
Learn and practice basic computer skills at your own pace.
Tuesdays, 10.00am - 12.00pm
Idea Store Watney Market 

Age UK and Cancer Awareness Information
Information for Tower Hamlets residents aged 50+ about Age UK services and cancer awareness with Age UK East London and Linkage.
2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 10.30am - 12 noon
Idea Store Bow

Prime Time
Have an enjoyable and relaxing time, meet new and familiar friends, enjoy a cup of coffee and chat with staff about new books, CDs, DVDs. For the over 50s.
Tuesdays 10:30am - 12:00pm
Bethnal Green Library

Bromley by Bow Centre Health Trainers 
The trainers: offer BMI checks, discuss healthy lifestyle options and advise and sign up to health sessions and classes.
2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Idea Store Bow
 
Job Support Session with Krypton Training
Delivered in partnership with Krypton Training Ltd, a specialist careers advice and employment support service provider. Helps you with the skills you need to get back to work, including creation of CVs and covering letters and support with application forms and interview technique. For more information or to book an appointment contact 020 7375 3843
2nd and 4th Tuesday of month, 10:00am - 5:00pm Idea Store Chrisp Street 
1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, 10:00am - 5:00pm Idea Store Bow
Book Break
Sit back and relax whilst listening to stories and poems, or join in with the reading and conversation.
Tuesdays, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Idea Store Canary Wharf
Tuesdays, 2:00pm - 3:30pm, Idea Store Chrisp Street
Tuesdays, 3:00pm - 5:00pm, Idea Store Bow
 
Girls' Book Club
This group is a fun way for girls  to get together and enjoy stories and a wide variety of activities, such as quizzes and creative projects. Make new friends and gain new experiences by taking part.
In all Idea Stores and libraries
Tuesdays at 4:00pm
 
PopLaw Legal Advice
PopLaw is FREE legal advice clinic run by qualified solicitors who will offer initial legal advice on all areas of the law except family and immigration. This is a drop-in service, no appointments necessary.
Tuesdays, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street 
 
Bengali Book Group 
Discuss books with fellow readers and share in the rich cultural diversity of the Bengali language and community.
First Tuesday of every month, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Idea Store Whitechapel
 

Wednesday

Citizens Advice Bureau Service - Advice in Chinese
Information and Advice on all general enquiries in Tower Hamlets aimed at Chinese speakers. Booking an appointment is necessary. To book an appointment call 020 7247 1050 
Wednesdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
塔橋區公民諮詢局諮詢服務
逢星期三早上10時至下午1時在Chrisp Street Idea Store提供諮詢服務。
如要預約時間,請於星期一至星期五上午10時至下午4時致電 0207 247 1050,我們每次最多只能接見5位客戶
Idea Store Chrisp Street
 
Legal Advice 
Free 30 minute one to one legal advice sessions with barrister Alison Fordham.By appointment only. Book a slot at the Help Desk
Wednesdays, 4pm - 6pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf
 
Job Support Session with Krypton Training
Delivered in partnership with Krypton Training Ltd, a specialist careers advice and employment support service provider. Helps you with the skills you need to get back to work, including creation of CVs and covering letters and support with application forms and interview technique. For more information or to book an appointment contact 020 7375 3843
1st and 3rd Wednesday of month, 10:00am - 5:00pm, 
Idea Store Watney Market
2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf
Every Wednesday, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Idea Store Whitechapel
 
Job Club 
Our Job Club which offers free, friendly advice on finding suitable training courses, developing your employability skills, Writing CVs and application form and searching for a jobs and interview techniques.
Wednesdays, 10:00am - 12:30pm
Idea Store Whitechapel
 
Aaj Kal: Current affairs in Bengali
Discuss local and international news,views or even a book and learn basic computer skills over tea and coffee.
Wednesdays, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street
 
Make the Most of Your Tablet, Your Computer and the Internet
Learn and practice basic computer skills at your own pace.
Wednesdays, 12.00pm - 1.00pm
Cubitt Town Library
 
Book Break
Sit back and relax whilst listening to stories and poems, or join in with the reading and conversation if you want to. Get Into Reading groups are an enjoyable way to meet new people.
Wednesdays, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Idea Store Watney Market
 
Code Club
Would you like to learn to make your own computer games? At Code Club you can learn to make cool games, animations and websites too!
Fun for ages 7 - 11 years
Wednesdays at 4pm
In all Idea Stores and libraries
Wednesdays, 4:00pm
 
Turning Pages Book Group
A chance to talk all things books!
Third Wednesday of every month 6 - 7.30pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf
 
Book Group 
Discuss books with fellow readers at our informal, free monthly meetings. First Wednesday of the month, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Idea Store Bow
 

Thursday

Citizens Advice Bureau Service 
Information and Advice on all general enquiries in Tower Hamlets. Booking an appointment is necessary. To book an appointment call 020 7247 1050 
Thursdays, 9:30am - 1:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street
 
Prime Time
Come along to our weekly gatherings for anyone over 50! We aim to bring you culture, news, books, activities, talks and outings. Prime Time sessions are a great way to unwind and relax with a cup of tea.
Thursdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Idea Store Chrisp Street  
Thursdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Idea Store Watney Market
Thursdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm, Cubitt Town Library
Thursdays, 10:00am– 12:00pm, Idea Store Bow
 
Make the Most of Your Tablet, Your Computer and the Internet
Learn and practice basic computer skills at your own pace.
Thursdays, 11.00am - 1.00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street
 
Book Break 
Sit back and relax whilst listening to stories and poems, or join in with the reading or conversation.
Thursdays, 2:30pm - 4:30pm Bethnal Green Library
 
Teenage Book Club
For over 12s only.Let’s share reading with others in a relaxing and friendly environment. Work with Idea Store staff to create a place that is special for you, where you can spend time with your friends and make new ones.
In all Idea Stores and libraries
Thursdays, 4:00pm
 
Book Club 
A chance to talk all things books!
3rd Thursday of the month, 6:00pm
Cubitt Town Library
 
Book Group
Discuss your favourite books with fellow readers at our free monthly.
2nd Thursday of every month, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Idea Store Whitechapel
 

Friday

Royal Society for the Blind Job Club 
The Royal London Society for the Blind Employment Services Team can help you to achieve your career goals, and will support you on your journey towards a job.This is a drop-in service, no appointments necessary. 
Fridays, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street
 
Account3 Legal Advice Session
Free, drop-in general legal advice session with Account3. Money and debt, housing, council tax, employment rights, special needs education, consumer issues. 
Fridays, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Idea Store Bow

Make the Most of Your Tablet, Your Computer and the Internet
Learn and practice basic computer skills at your own pace.
Fridays, 2.15pm - 3.45pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Homework Club
Homework to do? We will help you find the answers with Britannica Online and other online and printed resources.
In all Idea Stores and libraries
Fridays from 4:00pm

Saturday

Dads' Club
Dads’ Club is for dads to share books with their children.
In all Idea Stores and libraries
Saturdays, 11:15am

Councillor Ohid Ahmed – Surgery
Do you have any questions or concerns about local government? Come along to speak with Ohid Ahmed to discuss the issues. No appointment required.
1st and 3rd Saturday of every month, 10:30am – 11:30am
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Bromley By Bow Centre Health Trainers
The trainers: offer BMI checks, discuss healthy lifestyle options and advise and sign up to health sessions and classes.
1st Saturday of every month, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Idea Store Bow
 
Family Reading Group
An opportunity for families to read together and share stories. Meet new families and make new friends.
In all Idea Stores and libraries
Saturdays, 2:15pm
 

Sunday

Art Club
Explore your creative side, find out about famous artists and look at how illustrations complement a story. Age: 5 - 11yrs.
Sundays, 2:15pm
Idea Store Bow, Idea Store Canary Wharf, Idea Store Chrisp Street and Idea Store Whitechapel