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.

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WHAT'S AT ST BRIDE FOUNDATION

Venue Hire

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.

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Theatre

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.

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Library

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, our expert staff will ensure you find exactly what you are looking for in this treasured collection.

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.

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Workshops

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.

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Events

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.

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WEDDINGS

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.

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Current Exhibitions in the Layton Room Gallery

St. Bride Foundation will be exhibiting the forthcoming exhibitions in the Layton Room.

Bernard Middleton at 90

Designer Bookbinders Annual Competition

Peak Prints

The Wapping Dispute

Trevor Jones a Retrospective

CONTACT ST BRIDE FOUNDATION ON 020 7353 3331

  • “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."

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Louis Raemaekers was a Dutch painter and cartoonist most famous for his WWI cartoons. Regarded as one of the most prolific and popular propaganda illustrators of the First World War period...

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BOOK LAUNCH RECEPTION


Celebrate the publishing event of the year with Printing Historical Society (PHS) and Vanbrugh Press.

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St Bride Foundation was built more than 100 years ago to serve 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.

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