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Enrol: 0207 364 5665

Opening Times


Summer Bank Holiday

The Idea Stores and libraries are closed on Monday 26 August

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.

We will be improving the heating and ventilation system, the lighting, the toilets and the floor. We will also introduce new facilities to access Council services online. During this period we will continue to offer library services across the road at Poplar Baths (170 East India Dock Road, E14 0ED). You can return borrowed items at the store until 1st May, after which you can return them at Poplar Baths.  

We apologise for the inconvenience caused, but we are confident you will like the new look Idea Store Chrisp Street when we re-open in the summer. 

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