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Idea Store Bow

1 Gladstone Place, Roman Road 
Bow, London E3 5ES 


We are currently in a new national lockdown. Due to lockdown restrictions we have changed some of our services as follows:

Opening Hours:

From 2 January

Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday and Sunday Midday - 4pm


Keeping safe:

To continue to keep everybody safe, Idea Stores are currently offering a reduced number of services. These are: click and collect book borrowing and using a computer for accessing essential online services.  Only a small part of the building is open and many facilities including toilets, printing and photocopying are not available.

  • Browsing in Store is currently unavailable
  • Reserved books will be made available at the entrance of your chosen Idea Store
  • Items on loan can be returned to the entrance of Idea Stores Bow, Canary Wharf, Chrisp Street or Whitechapel during opening hours
  • If you are using a computer you can stay for 45 minutes

You can order books in advance using our Click and Collect service. Choose a book on our online catalogue and we'll email to let you know when it’s ready to collect. 
Alternately, you can phone an Idea Store during opening hours to reserve items for collection:

  • Idea Store Bow 020 7364 0237

Computer use:

If you do not have access to a computer or Wi-Fi at home but need to use essential online public services, you can phone during opening hours and book a 45 minute session to use a computer at an Idea Store.
Printing is unavailable.

  • Idea Store Bow 020 7364 0237


Getting There

map of the area

By public transport

Nearest tube: Mile End.  Cross Bow Road and walk up Coborn Road, then right up Tredegar Road, left up St Stephen’s Road, and right onto the Roman Road.
Nearest DLR: Bow Church.  Cross Bow Road, turn right, then left up Fairfield Road.  At the end, turn left onto Tredegar Road, right onto Parnell Road, and left onto the Roman Road.
By car

On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the eastern end of the Roman Road is closed to traffic, due to the market.  On these days, approach from Tredegar Road, Cardigan Road and Anglo Road.

On non-market days, enter the one-way section of the Roman Road from Parnell Road, and park in one of the pay and display bays.