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Idea Store Bow

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


Bow was the first Idea Store to be opened in May 2002, piloting the Idea service and philosophy. Located at the heart of the historic Roman Road it has delivered a major new leisure and learning facility for the area. 

Adult education classes, library services, events and a café are under one roof for the first time in Tower Hamlets, provided under the Idea brand. 

Click here for information about fees and charges for library services in the store

Opening times

Monday - Thursday 9am to 9pm 
Friday 9am to 6pm 
Saturday 9am to 5pm 
Sunday 10am to 4pm 

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.