The Facts
NAME: Library
IT'S A: Immersive hideaway for the creatively curious
OPENED: October 7th 2014
WHO'S BEHIND IT: Ronald Ndoro and designer Marc Peridis
DID YOU KNOW: Tiles and surfaces are made out of re-used waste, some collected from the streets of Soho
LOCATION: St Martin's Lane
ADDRESS: 112 St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4BD
CLOSEST TUBE: Leicester Square
WEBSITE: www.lib-rary.com
CONTACT: 0203 302 7912
MAP: View Map

Library London

OPENED

For starters, let’s clarify what kind of library this is. It’s not the council run kind. Now, we don’t mean to sound ungrateful or mean – in fact we love our local library; but this simply isn’t it: Library London on St Martin’s Lane carries the glamour of a redbrick academic archive. It houses tides of thought in Oxonian splendour, but seen through a contemporary lens. It’s the design work of Marc Peridis of 19 Greek Street.

Chairs coloured like chameleons and reclaimed wooden bookshelves littered with old titles are immediately seen. Stencilled old-age ceilings patterns lay adjacent to the original building’s exposed brickwork, where provocative signs saying things like ‘Shhh…It’s a library’ lay. It sounds lovely, doesn’t it? But what does it do?

It’s a hotel, bar, event space and private members’ club for guests wanting a comfortable, refined and clever time out. Library fits into a slim-set building on St Martin’s Lane with little room for crowded spaces, but plenty of room for a good cocktail, cookbook-inspired meal and chat. As well, speakers from the design and literary worlds speak in rooms set up for bespoke whisky tastings and in-house design exhibits, and an outdoor terrace above theatre-land perfectly serves a night-time jaunt away from live and DJ’d music in the bar. This is a brand new type of creative hub.

 

 

The Facts
NAME: Library
IT'S A: Immersive hideaway for the creatively curious
OPENED: October 7th 2014
WHO'S BEHIND IT: Ronald Ndoro and designer Marc Peridis
DID YOU KNOW: Tiles and surfaces are made out of re-used waste, some collected from the streets of Soho
LOCATION: St Martin's Lane
ADDRESS: 112 St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4BD
CLOSEST TUBE: Leicester Square
WEBSITE: www.lib-rary.com
CONTACT: 0203 302 7912
MAP: View Map

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