Tour of the London Library

Posted Tuesday, 21st January 2020 by Grant Hood

Come and join us for a special private tour of the exclusive London Library, a treasure trove of literary delights which is a members' only library.

On the 24th June 1840, the celebrated Scottish author, historian, and biographer, Thomas Carlyle, stood up at a meeting in a crowded hall in Covent Garden to proclaim the need for a new lending Library in the great metropolis of London.

From its opening on the 3rd May 1841, this haven for reading, writing and thinking quickly became a beloved home for some of the greatest names in literature: Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin, George Eliot, Henry James, Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker, George Bernard Shaw, Virginia Woolf, Isaiah Berlin, Laurence Olivier, Agatha Christie, and Harold Pinter amongst many others were all members.

Four Poets Laureate and ten Nobel prize-winners have roamed its bookshelves for inspiration in the past, and today 7,000 members of all ages and backgrounds – including some of the most familiar names in the literary world - find the Library’s resources invaluable.

Date: Thursday 13th February 2020

Time: Meeting from 6.00pm for a 6.15pm start

Venue: 14 St James's Square, St. James's, London SW1Y 4LG, United Kingdom
Cost: member £10 / non-member £28 (non-member’s ticket price includes one year’s CLIG membership – currently £18)]

To register please email Jordan Murphy first to reserve your place:
Once your place has been confirmed please send a cheque for £10/£28 (payable to City Legal Information Group) and your details to: Jordan Murphy, 50 Broadway, BDB Pitmans LLP, London, SW1H 0BL