About Us

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.

Many thousands of books, printing-related periodicals and physical objects are at the heart of St Bride Library. Volumes on the history of printing, typography, newspaper design and paper-making jostle for space alongside one of the world’s largest and most significant collections of type specimens. The printed, written, carved and cast word may be found at St Bride in its myriad forms. Architectural lettering and examples of applied typography in many media, together with substantial collections of steel punches and casting matrices for metal types are also held in this eclectic collection. The Reading Room is open to visitors twice a month and on other days by appointment. Although we operate on a cost-neutral basis, it is necessary to charge for some of our services. Details are available by emailing the library team at library@sbf.org.uk.

St Bride retains many of its original features, including the baths, laundry, printing rooms and library. As part of the Foundation’s original mission to provide for the community, many of the building’s unique and characterful spaces are available to hire whether for meetings, weddings or classes.

St Bride also houses the popular Bridewell Theatre, and Bridewell Bar (once the laundry), and hosts a year-round programme of plays, comedy, music and exhibitions.

With some 65,000 visitors a year St Bride Foundation is a major London hub for the creative arts in London. We look forward to welcoming you soon.