About St Bride Foundation
We are delighted to announce that in line with Government advice and guidance, we we will be opening our doors for venue hire from 15 August 2020. For more details please see our venue hire page - sbf.org.uk/venue-hire/ or contact our venue hire team direct at - [email protected] who will be delighted to help you.
We will be issuing regular updates on the library, theater and other aspects of foundation life, so please keep checking the website and our social media.
Thank you for your patience and ongoing support. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Established in 1891 with a clear social and cultural purpose, St Bride Foundation is one of London’s hidden gems.
Housed in a beautiful Grade II listed Victorian building, St Bride Foundation was originally set up to serve the burgeoning print and publishing trade of nearby Fleet Street, and is now finding a new contemporary audience of designers, printmakers and typographers who come to enjoy a regular programme of design events and workshops.
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As well as being home to the largest print and publishing library in the world, the foundation is also home to the Bridewell Theatre (see below)
St Bride Library
At the heart of St Bride is an extraordinary archive relating to printing, publishing and graphic design. With over 100,000 items, the library is probably the largest of its kind in the world and is regularly open to view.
Using the library
Many thousands of academics, creatives and historians use this world class resource. Find out how our expert staff can help you find what you are looking for, when the library is open and how to access our catalogue.
The Bridewell Theatre opened in 1994, breathing new life and purpose into a long derelict Victorian swimming pool. The space is now run as a Receiving House, allowing Professional, Amateur, Schools and Colleges, a central London, Off West End venue to present their productions. Additionally, since 2005, we are home to Lunchbox Theatre, a bite sized slot where local City workers can bring their own food and drink and enjoy a forty five minute theatrical performance,
See what's on
From opera, ballet, drama, magic shows, Lunchbox, musicals, comedy and burlesque we have something for everyone.
St Bride offers hands-on workshops on traditional printing and engraving techniques as well as book binding. Our experienced tutors can cater for everyone, from total beginners to those already established in their practice, to away-day groups wanting to learn about the history of printing as well as try their hand at some historic techniques.
Courses we currently offer
Letterpress / Wood Engraving / Introduction to Adana / Bookbinding
Weddings and Venue Hire
Thanks for making our wedding a wonderful and unforgettable experience. Through all the planning, insecurities and wobbles you kept me sane with your confidence and professionalism. You have been a lovely companion through the whole adventure.
Christine & Mike
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The St Bride Foundation is a real hidden gem. This characterful venue is perfect for weddings and civil ceremonies, either full blown parties or more intimate occasions.