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Regular Activities

Discover a wide range of regular weekly activities, for all ages, on offer at your local Idea Store.


Tower Hamlets Business Start-up Surgery
Have you recently embarked on your entrepreneurial journey and are you looking for support and guidance on how to grow your business? Do you live in London and have a business idea or you’re an entrepreneurs who has registered your business within the last 12 months? If the answers to either of the above question is Yes, then you can take advantage of our FREE Business Start-up Surgery.

  • Learn more about the SiLL programme and how you could potentially join. 
  • Or, if you have already registered for the program you can book a one to one. 
  • Access to our business support digital classroom

If you have a laptop please bring it with you

Thursdays 9:30am - 1:00pm
Drop-in session 

WorkPath is a unique employment service for all Tower Hamlets residents, providing support for people at all levels of work, skill or experience. If you live in Tower Hamlets, we can provide employment support tailored to your needs, whether you need basic skills or advanced training; access to work experience, apprenticeships or graduate schemes; CV help, interview preparation and more. Based on your individual experience and circumstances, they will then help identify what support you need, and develop your own unique action plan towards achieving your goals, or WorkPath.
Tuesdays, 9.30am - 5pm

Job Support Sessions
Delivered in partnership with Krypton Training Ltd, a specialist Careers Advice and Employment Support service provider. Helping 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 or email 
Mondays and Wednesdays 10am - 5pm

Mayor John Biggs - Surgery
To book an appointment to see the mayor of Tower Hamlets and for further information please contact; 0207 364 4993 / 0207 364 4890 or via email;
Every Thursday 5pm to 7pm
(except for the last Thursday of the month)

Idea Store Job Club
Step by step guide to Universal Job Match. Learn to sign up and navigate the site. Do a self-assessment to find out your strengths and weaknesses.  Get one to one support.
Wednesdays 10am -12.30pm

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

PopLaw FREE Legal Advice Clinic
Qualified lawyers offer free legal advice covering many areas of law, for example on matter relating to debt, housing, employment, consumer and welfare benefits.  Please note they do not advise on family, criminal or immigration law. Drop-in clinic  no appointment necessary.  All you need to bring is any paperwork e.g. letters, legal documents, that relate to your enquiry.
Mondays 6.15pm-8.15pm

Book Groups

Book Break
Sit back and relax whilst listening to stories and poems, or join in with the reading or conversation.
'Get Into Reading' groups are an enjoyable way to meet new people.
Mondays, 2pm - 2.45pm

Bengali Book Group - Idea-Pathok
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 - 8pm

Book Group
Discuss your favourite books with fellow readers at our free monthly meetings.
Second Thursday of every month, 6.30pm - 8pm
Disover this month's Book Group title!


Story Time
Rhymes, stories and fun for Under 5s, plus time to choose your favourite books!
Monday to Saturday 10.30 - 11.15am

Reading Aloud
Relax after school with refreshments and a story in Idea Stores.
For children up to 11 years.
Monday to Friday at 3.30pm

Boys' Book Club
Especially for boys to get together and share their reading experiences. Snacks and drinks provided. For boys up to the age of 11 years
Mondays at 4pm

Girls' Book Club
Especially for girls to get together to have fun with reading. Snacks and drinks provided.
For girls up to the age of 11 years
Tuesdays at 4pm

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

Teenage Book Club
Share reading with others in a relaxing environment.
For over 12s.
Thursday at 4pm

Homework Club
Homework to do? We will help you find the answers with Britannica Online and other online and printed resources.
For 16 years and under
Fridays at 4pm

Dads' Club
Time for dads to share books with their children
For dads with children up to 4 years old
Saturdays at 11.15am

Family Reading Group
An opportunity for families to read together and share stories. Meet new families and make new friends.
Fun for all the family
Saturdays at 2.15pm

Art Club
Explore your creative side, find out about famous artists and look at how illustrations complement a story.
For children between 6 - 12 years
Sundays at 2.15pm


Chess Club
Come along and play chess, learn or polish your game in a relaxed and friendly environment.
Suitable for children aged 7+. Complete beginners and experienced players welcome.
5:30 - 6:00pm, Children Only
6:30 - 7:00pm, All ages

Language Skills

Conversation Club
Meet new friends and practise your English at this free and friendly conversation club.
For speakers of other languages.
Tuesdays, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Older People

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.
Fun for the over 50s
Mondays, 10.15am - 11.45am

Freedom Pass Application Service 
Apply for your Older Persons Freedom Pass. This service was previously provided by the Post Office.
Mondays, 10.15am - 11.45am


Pink Recycling Sacks Collection Point
Recycling bags and starch liners are available every day.
Residents can collect a roll of recycling bags by showing proof of their address such as a utility bill, council tax bill, bank statement or driving licence.