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Date created: 6/11/2020
Please note no events are currently taking place in the libraries due to Covid-19. Many of our events are being run online - follow links to the online library events page.

See below listings for regular and recurring events and activities in City of London lending libraries including discussion groups, book clubs, English conversation classes and much more. 

The libraries also have plenty of other one-off events and talks, including music and art exhibitions.

Please contact the relevant organisations for further information or if you would like to attend. 

Alcoholics Anonymous

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

Venue: Artizan Library

Alcoholism support group held three times a week. For more information on joining, contact AA directly or visit the Alcoholics Anonymous website.

Email Alcoholics Anonymous
0800 9177650

Havana Londres Cuban Salsa & Rueda de Casino



Venue: Artizan Library

Rueda de Casino Salsa is a type of circular Cuban Salsa in which pairs of dancers perform together, often swapping partners. It's a fun group activity that provides great cardio exercise and gets you in the rhythm.

If you are interested in attending Cuban Salsa & Rueda de Casino, visit Havana Londres for more information. Beginners and Improvers classes available. Prices start at £8 per session

Email Havana Londres
07765 847639

London Life Drawing

Mondays 7-9pm
Fridays 11am-1pm
Saturdays 11am-1pm, 1.30-3.30pm

Venue: Artizan Library

Drop in life drawing sessions from London Drawing. A general life drawing class with tuition for beginners and advice for those who are more experienced, all designed to encourage you to develop your own style and approach. No need to book, just arrive and pay on the door.

Price is £10 per session.

Email London Drawing

Metropolitan Chess Club

Thursdays 6-10pm

Venue: Artizan Library

The Metropolitan Chess Club is one of the oldest in London, founded in 1890. There are currently over 50 members and new members of all abilities are welcome. Anyone interested in joining can come along to any of the club nights, play a few games and chat to members. 

Email Metropolitan Chess Club

Mindful Globe Meditation

Mondays 6.30-8.30pm

Venue: Artizan Library

Mindfulness-based stress reduction course from Mindful Globe developed by world-renowned professor of medicine, Jon Kabat-Zinn, promoting emotional regulation, resilience, clarity, focus and pain management. It is secular, inclusive and accessible. No prior experience required, materials and tools will be provided.

Email Mindful Globe

Narcotics Anonymous

Tuesdays 7.15-8.30pm

Venue: Portsoken Community Centre (Green Box), 14-16 Little Somerset Street, London E1 8AH.

Weekly Narcotics Anonymous support group. For more information on joining, contact NA directly.

Email Narcotics Anonymous

Soo Pilates

Lunchtimes from 1.10pm till 2.00pm

Venue: Artizan Library

Use your lunchbreak to stretch out those desk cramps. Contact Soo Pilates directly for information on availability.

Email Soo Pilates
07986 427712

Yoga in the City

Tuesdays 6.45-7.45pm

Venue: Artizan Library

Beginner friendly Yoga classes from Yoga in the City which are taught in courses to foster commitment and the building of a consistently evolving practice. Students are encouraged to grow their self–practice at home. The classes support this by being small allowing more focus on each student’s individual development.

Email Yoga in the City

Yoga for Athletes

Mondays 6.30-8.30pm

Venue: Artizan Library

Yoga for athletes, a six week course of yoga, mobility, functional movement. Learn how to help your body stay injury free, and learn a little more about how you move. Classes combine strength and flexibility, core conditioning; moving with awareness, including time for reflection and meditation.

Email Gail Wilkinson

Reading Groups

Barbican Library runs 4 popular groups which meet once a month to discuss a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction.

Please email or call the library on 020 7638 0569 for more information.

Read & Relax

Second Thursday of the month 10am-12noon

Come along to Read and Relax – the antidote to book clubs. No preparation is required. Just come along and listen to great stories and share your thoughts over a cuppa.

Booking is not essential but it would be helpful to know if you are coming so that there are sufficient materials and refreshments.

Meetings take place at the Sir Ralph Perring Community Room, Golden Lane Leisure Centre.

Email: Geraldine Pote or call the library on 020 7638 0569.

Let’s Talk!

Tuesdays 10.30am-12.30pm

English Conversation Group

Practice your English skills with other Londoners in a relaxed setting with a trained ESOL tutor.

Free – Just turn up.

Games Club

Thursdays 5pm-7.15pm

Meet new friends, learn new strategies and have fun in our weekly games club.

Bring your own game to play or choose from one provided such as Chess and Scrabble.

Free – Just turn up

Philosophy Club

First Thursday of the month 5.30-7pm

Do you have a curious mind? Do you like thinking about thinking?

Join us to learn more about the fundamental questions of life, new ideas, have fun and expand the limits of your mind….

Suitable for all ages

Free – Just turn up

Barbican Comic Forum

Third Thursday of the month 5.30-7pm

An informal group dedicated to the understanding and enjoyment of comic books and graphic novels. Make friends, converse, get recommendations and choose from a wide selection of books to borrow and take home. From novices to fanatics: open to all.

Free – Just turn up

Reading Groups

Lunchtime Reading Group: Third Thursday of the month at 1pm - 2pm

Evening Reading Group: Last Tuesday of the month at 5.30pm - 7pm

The dates for these meetings are confirmed after each meeting

Contact Shoe Lane Library for more information.

Shoe Lane Comic Forum

First Tuesday of the month 5:30–7pm
Fun and informal book group dedicated to the understanding and enjoyment of comic books and graphic novels. Make friends, converse, get recommendations and choose from a wide selection of books to borrow and take home. From novices to fanatics: open to all.

Craft Group

Third Thursday of the month at 12pm - 1.30pm

Come along to practice, learn and work on your personal textiles projects, all while making friends and getting advice on everything from sewing to knitting, and crocheting to embroidery. All are welcome, from beginners to experts.

Contact Shoe Lane Library for more information.

Dragon Café in the City

Fortnightly on Wednesdays at 12pm - 7.30pm

Shoe Lane Library welcomes you to explore the world of mental health and wellbeing through Dragon Café in the City, our fortnightly pop-up. Through creative workshops and events, we offer engaging ways to practise mindfulness and stress relief here in the heart of the City. Every event is free of charge and open to all.

To find out more, including our programmes for each upcoming event, visit Dragon Café in the City or contact Shoe Lane Library.