Canning House

Canning House is the home of the Hispanic and Luso Brazilian Council, a non-political, non-profitmaking organisation that was founded in 1943 to stimulate understanding between Britain, Spain, Portugal and Latin America.

Canning House represents a unique combination of business, educational and cultural interests which share a belief in the growing importance of the Spanish and Portugese speaking world, acting as a forum for politicians, businesspeople, academics and artists with the common aim of promoting links between the UK, Spain, Portugal and Latin America.

Canning House Library holds the largest collection in the UK on the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries that is available to the general public.

Venue Type:

Association or society

Opening hours

Library and Information Centre:
Mon-Thu 1.00pm – 6.00pm
Closed Fri and Sat

The Library is also open until 7.00pm when there is an evening Canning House Cultural Event.

Established in 1947, the library consists of more than 60,000 books and periodicals, films on DVD and video, CD-ROMs and audio CDs/tapes, covering the full range of disciplines in the Social Sciences and Humanities: history, politics, economics, sociology, ethnography, religion, archaeology, geography, natural history, literature, cinema, travel, art, music, culture and linguistics.

Collection details

Archaeology, Film and Media, Fine Art, Literature, Music, Religion, Social History, World Cultures

Canning House
2 Belgrave Square
Greater London



General enquiries



020 7235 2303


020 7235 3587

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