Guildhall Library

Guildhall Library
City of London



Printed Books


Prints and Maps



020 7332 1868

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A major public reference library specialising in London history, English local studies, family history, business history, wine and food, clocks and watchmaking, and marine history.

This library has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive

Opening hours

Mon to Sat 09.30 - 17.00

Closed: Bank Holidays and Saturdays of a Bank Holiday weekend

Admission charges

Please check before visiting.

The History of London collection is a Designated Collection of national importance.

The collection is held at the Guildhall Library and the London Metropolitan Archives, and traces the history of the City of London and Greater London. The History of London collection is a unique, extensive and incredibly rich collection of material on the history of Britain’s capital city. The collections reveal the impact of London on social, cultural, economic and political developments in the rest of the country. The collection also reflects the central role of London in the globalisation of the economy and culture since the 18th century.

English legal and parliamentary material
Business history
Books on food and wine
Maritime history including Lloyd's marine collection
Holdings from our Manuscripts collections date from the 11th century and include the archives from most of the City's parishes, wards and livery companies and much more.
Prints and Maps section is the primary source of London's history, our collection of drawings, engravings, maps, portraits, satires, photographs and ephemera spans more than 400 years and shows how artists and surveyors have viewed the changing metropolis.

Collection details

Trade and Commerce, Social History, Maritime, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
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photograph of US navy battleships

Images of Remembrance

  • 6 August 2014 2-3pm

The Remembrance Image Project is focused on photographing First World War sites at the time pf the centenary of the conflict. Photographer Simon Gregor will show some poignant locations he has visited and share the stories behind them. Q and A included.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Booking essential.