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Bishopsgate Institute's vision: Dedicated to opening minds, challenging perceptions and enriching lives.

Since 1895 we have been a home for ideas and debate, learning and enquiry; a place where culture, heritage and learning meet, and where independent thought is cherished.

Our mission is to provide welcoming and inspiring spaces for people with a thirst for knowledge to learn and flourish. Through our library, historic collections, courses and cultural events, we enrich, entertain, and stimulate independent thought in a vibrant city environment.

We do this through a diverse range of activities, all housed in our beautiful historic building:

  • an exciting programme of Cultural Events which range from music concerts and debates to talks and walk.
  • Bishopsgate Library with its important collections on the history of London and the labour, co-operative, freethought and humanist movement.
  • our Courses for Adults programme offering over 125 different courses three times a year
  • 230 Bishospgate venue hire for between 2 to 600 people.

We are in an easy to reach location in one of London's most dynamic areas, just two minutes walk away from Liverpool Street station and Spitalfields Market. Please go to the Visitor Information pages for a map and travel directions.

For more information about our heritage visit Our history.


Bishopsgate Institute and Foundation is a charitable company limited by guarantee.
Registered in England. No: 4362659
Registered Charity No: 1090923