Kensington Central Library

Kensington Central Library
12 Phillimore Walk
Greater London
W8 7RX




020 7361 3010

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Libraries to inspire! There’s always a lot going on in Kensington and Chelsea Libraries. With a wide range of resources for adults and children including regular activities, events programmes, and free internet access - you’re sure to find something of interest. Our service offers free access to the internet on over 100 computers located throughout the borough, provides IT skills sessions and has access to a wide range of on-line services for adults and homework help for children. Add to this our research and information resources, our specialist collections, the vast selection of stock available (including Books, Talking Books, CDs, DVDs and e-books), and our dedicated services such as those for housebound residents) - you’ll soon realise that Libraries have a lot to offer! It’s free to join the library - simply visit your nearest library and fill in one of the forms (make sure you provide one form of identification) and you’re ready to borrow!

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Opening hours

Monday: 9:30am - 8pm
Tuesday: 9:30am - 8pm
Wednesday: 9:30am - 5pm
Thursday: 9:30am - 8pm
Friday: 9:30am - 5pm
Saturday: 9:30am - 5pm

Admission charges


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John George Haigh

John George Haigh of Kensington: Acid bath murderer talk – FREE

  • 12 March 2015 6:30-8pm

Haigh lived a double life. To his friends and fellow guests at the Onslow Court Hotel he was a charming and cultured businessman, always ready for a chat or to help a friend or go to a concert. His other life centred around a basement flat on Gloucester Road and an untidy shed in Crawley. These were the places where he took his victims, six wealthy people who thought he was their friend, to kill them and dissolve their bodies in acid before systematically stripping them of any financial asset, from spectacles to property.

The speaker, Jonathan Oates has recently written a book on the topic, John George Haigh, the Acid-Bath Murderer: A Portrait of a Serial Killer and His Victims, as well as many other books about crime, including a biography of another Kensington killer, John Christie.

Suitable for

  • 18+


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Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch

Ben Aaronovitch: Rivers of London Cityread launch – FREE

  • 20 April 2015 2:30-4pm

Thousands of people across the capital will be reading his novel during April.

Come and hear Ben tell us all about this story and the following books in his series of crime / urban fantasy fiction.

Rivers of London is the first in a series and the latest book 'Foxglove Summer' was published on November 13.

About Ben Aaronovitch

Born and raised in London, Ben Aaronovitch now lives in Kentish Town. He worked as a scriptwriter for Doctor Who and Casualty before the inspiration for his own series of books struck him whilst working as a bookseller in Waterstones Covent Garden. Ben Aaronovitch’s unique novels are the culmination of his experience of writing about the emergency services and the supernatural.

About Rivers of London

Rivers of London is the first of an urban fantasy / crime fiction series, that follows the adventures of a rookie copper-turned-apprentice-wizard, Peter Grant, and his boss, the last wizard in England. A unique blend of police procedural, supernatural mayhem and threads of fascinating hidden history woven through the very fabric of the plot, Rivers Of London is fast-moving, funny, full of warmth and features at its heart one of the greatest and most historically rich cites in the world: London.

About Cityread London

Created and delivered by Stellar Libraries CIC, Cityread London is supported and funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Cityread London promotes the key ideas of reading for pleasure, engaging new library users, enhancing the experience of existing readers, and encouraging people to explore and celebrate London’s culture, landscape and history.

Full details of all Cityread London activity can be found at

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


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