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Bishopsgate Institute


Coronavirus response

Our building is currently closed until further notice, following government advice on the need to reduce the spread of Coronavirus. We are running a reduced summer term online, which you can explore in our What’s On section. Though our Library is not open to the public, you can join us over on our social media, where we've continued to share gems from our special collections and archives. You can still reach us by email, but please bear with us as it may take a little while for us to respond to enquiries.

We will continue to update this page and our social media channels as the situation changes. From the whole Bishopsgate Institute team, we send our very best wishes. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Our address

Bishopsgate Institute is in central London. We are well-served by public transport and only a few minutes’ walk from Liverpool Street Station.

Bishopsgate Institute
230 Bishopsgate

By tube or train

Liverpool Street Station

National rail, London Overground and TFL Rail services, plus Central, Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City tube lines. Two minute walk.

Aldgate Tube Station

Metropolitan and Circle lines. Five minute walk.

Shoreditch High Street

London Overground trains only. Ten minute walk.

By bus

The Bishopsgate area is served by major bus routes. The stops shown are within a one minute walk of the Institute.

Coming from the North (Shoreditch)
  • Stop L Liverpool Street. Routes 8, 26, 42, 78, 135, 205, 388, N8, N26, N205 and N242
  • Stop F Primrose Street. Routes 8, 26, 35, 42, 47, 78, 135, 149, 205, 344, 388, N8, N26, N205
  • Stop E Liverpool Street. Routes 42, 149, 344, N242
  • Stop P Wormwood Street. Routes 100 and N551.
Coming from the South (Bank)
  • Stop E Liverpool Street. Routes 42, 149, 344, N242.
Coming from the East (Farringdon)
  • Stop P Wormwood Street. Routes 100 and N551.
Coming from the West (Central)
  • Stop L Liverpool Street. Routes 8 and 242.

By bike

There is bike parking directly opposite our main entrance. There are Cycle Hire stands on the corner of Brushfield Street.

By road


Taxis may drop off passengers on Brushfield Street immediately outside the side entrance (with step-free access). This is a no-through road. The nearest City of London taxi rank is in Liverpool Street station by platform 10.


Parking in the area is restricted. There are two Blue Badge parking spaces on Brushfield Street. Maximum stay 3 hours. You must display your Blue Badge.There is no car parking on Sundays except in the Blue Badge bays on Brushfield Street.


There are allocated motorcycle parking spaces on Brushfield Street.

Congestion and ULEZ charge

Bishopsgate Institute is inside the congestion charge zone. The daily charge applies 7am – 6pm, Monday to Friday excluding public holidays. Your vehicle may also be subject to the Ultra Low Emission Zone Charge (ULEZ): check before you drive at Transport for London.

Box Office

Book online and save time. Alternatively, call our box office team on 020 7392 9200.

Monday to Friday 9:00 - 18:00

The institute is open for specific events on weekends. On those weekends, the Box Office team will be available to assist with in-person and telephone enquiries.

Office and Administration

Monday to Friday 10:00 - 17:30

Library Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:30

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:30

Wednesday 10:00 - 17.30*

Thursday 10:00 - 17:30

Friday 10:00 - 17:30

*Our Researchers’ Area for accessing our Special Collections and Archives is open until 20:00 every Wednesday.

In the rare instances where the Researchers’ Area is not open late on Wednesdays, this will be advertised @BishopsgateInst. If you would like to check the opening hours before your visit, please email the Special Collections and Archives team [email protected]

Food and drink

We host a licenced bar for some events. There are a wealth of other cafes and restaurants nearby. Old Spitalfields Market is undercover and only a one-minute walk away.

Any questions?

If you have any questions, please call the Box Office team 020 7392 9200, or email us at [email protected]


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