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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 walks.
  • 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 and read our Past Present Future document.

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