London Record Office

City of Westminster Archives Centre

City of Westminster Archives holds many resources relating to family, local and business history, which include bibliographic records, manuscripts, digital images of photographs and many other materials.

You will find a document of use whatever subject you are interested in, whether you are researching your family history, studying the history of a house or are interested in local history, and the knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to offer advice and assistance if required.

Information about Westminster Archives


City of Westminster Archives Centre 
10 St Ann's Street 

Telephone Number:

020 7641 5180 


Information regarding their collections is available on their Home Page.  It is also possible to peruse their on-line catalogue.  Their collections include:

  • Books
  • Census returns
  • Directories
  • Electoral registers
  • Local government records
  • Maps
  • Newspapers
  • Parish registers

Further details about their opening hours is also available.

The closest railway station to the Archive is Victoria, with St James's Park (District and Circle lines), Victoria (Victoria line) and Westminster (Jubilee line) the nearest London underground stations.  

Buses 11, 24 and 211 along Victoria Street stop near to the Office, as does bus 88 along Great Smith Street and bus 507 along Horseferry Road.

You do not need to make an appointment to visit the Archive, but are asked to bring your library card with you on each visit.  You cannot order documents in advance, but staff can retrieve items from the strongroom within a relatively short space of time.

They offer a research service for anyone unable to visit in person.  

All visitors to the Office are asked to become Westminster Libraries and Archives members.  For more information and identification required please visit the How do I join? page.

Guildhall Library

Specialising in the history of London, Guildhall Library has over 200000 printed titles dating from the 15th to the 21st centuries.  These include books, pamphlets, periodicals, trade directories and poll books.  All aspects of life in London, including its trade, people and buildings are covered by this material.

Information about Guildhall Library


Guildhall Library 

Telephone Numbers:

020 73321868 
020 73321870 


For details of the Library's collections please visit their Home Page and peruse their on-line catalogue.  Items held by the Libraries are listed and it tells you where items can be located and if they are available for loan. Their collections also include:

  • Apprenticeship records
  • Biographical and genealogical sources
  • Boyd's Marriage Index
  • Census returns
  • Directories
  • London directories
  • The London Gazette
  • Occupational listings
  • Old Bailey sessions papers
  • Telephone books

The nearest London Underground stations are:

Underground line Station and exit info
Central Bank (exit 9) St Paul's
District Mansion House (Bow Lane exit)
Circle Mansion House (Bow Lane exit) Moorgate
Northern Moorgate Bank (exit 9)
Metropolitan Moorgate
Hammersmith Moorgate

Bus routes 242, 5, 8 and 501 (to Cheapside), 11, 15, 23 and 26 (to Queen Victoria Street), 43, 76, 133, 141, 214, 271 (to Moorgate), 172 (to London Wall) all serve the Library.  

The closest railway stations are Moorgate (not wheelchair accessible), Liverpool Street (wheelchair accessible), Fenchurch Street, Cannon Street, Blackfriars and City Thames Link.

Car parks are available at London Wall (24 hours), Barbican (8am - midnight) and Aldersgate (24 hours).

Information regarding their Opening Hours is also available.

You do not need to become a member or to register to use Guildhall Library, nor do you have to make an appointment, but it is best to bring some identification with you if you wish to peruse rarer manuscripts and items held by the Library. Manuscripts consulted at the Library can also be located in the London Metropolitan Archives on-line catalogue.

Further information about London Record Offices can be found by going to my page about London Record Office(London Metropolitan Archives).

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