In 1891, St Bride Foundation was established to provide a social, cultural and recreational centre for London's Fleet Street and its burgeoning print and publishing trade. Now, this historic site is a living and breathing community once again, with new projects, facilities and programmes expanding its central mission: to excite and inspire.
Steeped in tradition and history, St Bride Foundation has long been a venue catering for the needs of local people and for local charities. With rooms ranging from comfortable meeting spaces to the opulent Salisbury Room and the elegant Bridewell Hall, there is a space to suit every need, from board meetings to weddings and civil partnership ceremonies.
We also have our very own theatre, built over the City of London's first swimming pools, which
can be booked for events, while we also host live music and networking groups in our Theatre Bar, on the
site of the Institute's old laundry. We endeavour to be as flexible as we can, so please put yourself in
contact to discover how we can host your event.
Looking for a unique event space for your clients or colleagues? Something intimate, impressive and in the heart of the City? Then look no further.
St Bride Unveiled, the exhibition showcasing the highlights from the unparalleled library of print, typography and design, is currently on show in the exquisitely refurbished Layton Room.
We are now offering the chance to hire this space out exclusively.
Our starter pack for just £60 [inc VAT] allows you exclusive private hire of the Layton Room for one hour. As we are celebrating our collection the fee also includes three free bottles of wine to quench your Summer thirst.
If you have any further requirements please email email@example.com and we will be happy to arrange a bespoke event to match all your needs.
Offering adult and youth theatre throughout the year, both as 'Lunchbox' and evening theatre, the Bridewell Theatre is a wonderful place to experience an eclectic range of plays, musicals and ballet, from classic to contemporary.
We host a number of theatrical companies here at the Bridewell Theatre, such as the London Ballet Company, Sedos and London School of Musical Theatre. While you are in the theatre, you can pop into our Theatre Bar, open during and after every performance.READ MORE
The St Bride Foundation Library opened as a technical and academic collection in 1895 and has grown exponentially since. With an archive of more than 50,000 books, ranging all the way from Dr Johnson's Dictionary to classics on printing technique, visual style and calligraphy.
Although due to local demolition work the reading room is currently closed until further notice, the Library's events schedule includes evenings for print enthusiasts in all sectors, run by print industry experts. You can also become a friend of the Library to support its ongoing mission to protect this rare and valuable archive.
St Bride Foundation opened its workshop in 2010 on the site of the Foundation's former gymnasium, offering hands-on training in traditional printing and engraving techniques, as well as evening classes, print history courses and summer schools.
Our courses are suitable for any interested party, be they beginners or experienced printers, with a range of workshops and academic sessions tailored to each. Whether it's mastering letterpress or learning about print's past and future, we have the perfect programme to help you develop your skills.READ MORE
The St Bride Foundation Library hosts a variety of print-related lectures, exhibitions and talks throughout the year, as well as talks and conferences on everything from poster design to handwriting, resulting in an exciting and vibrant series of events running the whole year round.
As well as our library events, we host live music and networking in the Theatre Bar, which also contains our Bar Gallery, showcasing beautiful work from artists, photographers and engravers.READ MORE
Set in the heart of the City of London, the intimate, romantic setting of St Bride Foundation provides the perfect venue for your special day. With a choice of spaces from the majestic Bridewell Hall to the opulent Salisbury room, we can ensure that your wedding is a day you'll never forget – for all the right reasons.
St Bride Foundation is licenced to host marriages and civil partnerships and can provide beautiful rooms for the perfect reception. As well as a dedicated Wedding Planner, who is available to work with you to make sure that your aspirations for the big day are realised, we offer wedding packages to suit all budgets.READ MORE
Current Exhibitions in the Layton Room Gallery
St. Bride Foundation will be exhibiting the forthcoming exhibitions in the Layton Room.READ MORE
“Here is to be found a vast and varied collection of books on the practice of the many crafts that contribute to the complete production of the printed volume, some of which are not to be found in the British Museum, nor in the great public libraries of Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Dublin and the new Welsh National Library."
“What gunpowder did for war the printing press has done for the mind.”
St Bride Foundation was built more than 100 years ago to server Fleet Street’s burgeoning print community.
Now, it needs your help to preserve its extensive library and unrivalled collection of artefacts, publications, typefaces and a dating back to the very origins of the printing industry.FIND OUT MORE
Unique weddings and civil partnership
services at the St Bride foundation