"Whatever social changes come about, the disappearance of the London Library would be a disaster to civilisation"
T.S. Eliot

Tucked into a corner of St James Square, this is the place the place to spot any self-respecting writer browsing the shelves. With over 1 million books on subjects ranging from Flower Arranging to Flagellation it is one of the leading independent lending libraries in the world, but open to members only. Aside from annual membership, the best way to wander the 17 miles of books is to sign up for a free tour : a entertaining hour spent writer-spotting, leafing historic editions of the Times and hearing how a dead president’s underpants saved Sicily from invasion. 

We loved the fact that the hat stand is still in use!