Gladstone's Library | the UK's finest residential library

Gladstone’s Library reopened to residential guests on September 1st 2021, and welcomed Readers and guests of Food for Thought back into the building on September 6th.

Since then, we hosted Gladfest2021, our flagship literary festival, and Alibis in the Archive, which featured prestigious speakers from the world of crime writing. A generous grant has allowed us to offer online and hybrid events in addition to our in-person talks and festivals. 

A program of upcoming events is available here. We warmly encourage you to engage with our masterclasses, evening talks and more.

New and returning Readers are invited to learn about the changes we have made to our world-famous Reading Rooms, which are those precious of things: silent study spaces and repositories of knowledge.

Food for Thought now offers table service and a revamped, modern menu. The restaurant will be at the heart of our upcoming Hospitality Day fundraiser (food and a Glimpse) which will allow guests to support both the library itself and Hospitality Action, a charity that supported hospitality workers during the recent pandemic lockdowns.

Our residential bedrooms have also seen updates: all guests now have access to en-suite or private bathrooms. As always, our friendly staff are on hand to help make your stay a good one.

Book in, read, write, rest and relax.


Sleeping with books

Sleeping with books

Food for Thought

Food for thought