About St Bride Foundation

Thank you for your continued support and loyalty throughout this incredibly challenging and unprecedented time.

Further to the developing situation regarding COVID-19 and the Government's latest announcement, we have taken the difficult and sad decision to temporarily close St Bride Foundation, including our library, workshops, theatre and venue hire facilities until early December.

The decision has been a difficult one to make, but the health and safety of our staff, visitors and the wider community must be our priority.

We will be working remotely and all your enquiries and questions will be answered as soon as possible. Keep updated by visiting us at www.sbf.org.uk or on social media.

We would also like to ask you to visit and support St Bride Library crowdfunding project - www.sbf.org.uk/library/

We wish you good health and look forward to seeing you again soon.

St Bride Library Crowdfunding Campaign

St Bride Library is celebrating its 125th anniversary on 20 November 2020. To coincide with this, we are running a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the Library and fund a year of special events and library projects.

Any donations received will go towards funding our 125th celebrations, featuring an array of talks, new print workshops, events and exhibitions and most importantly the launch of our project to digitise our collections, bringing them to the global audience they deserve.

To find out more and support our campaign please follow the link to our Crowdfunder page: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/st-bride-library-125th-anniversary

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.

Bridewell Theatre

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.