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Bishopsgate Institute


Bishopsgate Institute is so much more than a venue that runs courses. We are a lively community of learners. Our passion for knowledge is written into our history and runs through the fabric of our building.

Though our building may currently be closed, our motto is “I never stop learning” and you can continue to develop your skills with us this summer. We’ve just launched a selection of online language and writing courses, starting in May. Browse these courses in our What's On section.

Explore our learning programme


Do you want to learn a new language, or take one you already know to the next level?


Looking to get creative and start crafting a story? Join one of our writing courses to develop your skills and share your work.

History & Society

Our programme includes a diverse collection of walking tours through the city, and examinations of the past and present of the city and its people.

Wellbeing & Fitness

If you’re looking to take better care of your mind as well as your body, our Wellbeing & Fitness courses are for you.

Performing Arts

If you’ve ever wanted to dance like no one’s watching and sing your heart out, our Performing Arts courses are for you.

Creative Arts

Give your soul spa treatment with our courses on everything from improving your photography to deepening your love of cinema.


We welcome the curious, the beginner, the expert, and the academic. We schedule a broad range of courses for mind, body and life.

You can learn a language or how to tango, explore creative writing and photography, drop in for yoga, or sing with our choir.

Find out what's on

Our promise to you

Our programme offers students a high-quality learning experience at a reasonable price, delivered by skilled, knowledgeable tutors. Our Wellbeing and Fitness courses help you build your physical and mental resilience – but the Institute is nothing like a gym. We offer Performing Arts classes designed for beginners, but led by professional performers. A number of our courses give students the chance to explore our Special Collections and Archives, and interact with a wealth of material that is simply not available elsewhere. In general, and on our Languages courses in particular, our students learn in small classes, allowing genuine interaction between students and tutors.


Due to the nature of our historic building, some of our teaching spaces are only accessible via stairs. We always endeavour to make all reasonable adjustments, so everyone can attend and enjoy our courses and events. If you have particular requirements, email [email protected]

We take care of our learners.

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Established in 1975, the English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP) is a self-help organisation of sex workers. They campaign for the decriminalisation of prostitution, for sex workers’ rights and safety, and for resources to enable people to get out of prostitution if they want to. We are honoured to hold their archive documenting their numerous campaigns, activities and continuing work to the present day. Read more about the ECP's Archive