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Idea Store Chrisp Street

Friday 23 February

Please note that on Friday 23 February 2024 Idea Store Chrisp Street and Idea Store Whitechapel will be accessible on a self-service basis only due to our Annual Staff Conference. As most of our sites are open seven days a week all year round (except during the festive periods and Bank Holidays), we hope our customers appreciate the difficulty in finding the ideal time to gather all our staff together for the Conference, which is an essential part of their continuous professional development.

Services available on this day are:

  • Borrowing and returning books, CDs, DVDs
  • Using public internet PCs (but without printing facilities)
  • Studying, reading, meeting friends, using own devices on our Wi-Fi
  • Attending classes (Tutors will be present as normal)

Regular activities for families and children and the refreshments for the Warm Hubs will be suspended on this day.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this important event in our calendar.

Opening hours

Normal opening hours in operation.

Standard opening hours
Monday9am – 9pm
Tuesday9am – 9pm
Wednesday9am – 9pm
Thursday9am – 9pm
Friday9am – 6pm
Saturday9am – 5pm
Sunday11am – 3pm
Interior of Idea Store Chrisp Street

iPlay: Interactive Play sessions

Jump, dance and compete your way to a healthier lifestyle with our immersive interactive play sessions. Fun for ages 5+.

Mondays, 4 - 5pm

Wednesdays, 4 - 5pm

Sundays, 1 - 2pm

children playing on interactive mat

Children's Activities and Events

Story Time

Rhymes, stories and fun for babies and children up to 5 years old, plus time to choose your favourite books! Story Time takes place at all Idea Stores and Libraries

Monday to Saturday, 10.30 - 11am

Homework Club

Come and use our computers, desk space and information resources to help you get your homework finished. Our staff will be on hand to point you to resources to help. We use Britannica Online, as well as other online and printed resources. Some sessions will also have Homework Club volunteers to help you if you get stuck.

Fridays, 4:00 - 5:30pm

Art Club

This weekly themed art club lets your creative side come alive!

Using paints, glue, glitter and lots of other items you can create something beautiful. Maybe a celebration card or a painting of winter or spring or just something crazy that you just want others to see!

Saturdays, 3pm 

Adult Activities and Events

Conversation Club

For speakers of other languages. Do you want to improve your English? Do you want to meet new people? Do you want to gain more confidence?

Meet new friends and practise your English at this free and friendly conversation club.

Tuesdays 11am - 12pm (limited spaces)

PopLaw Free Legal Advice Clinic

PopLaw lawyers provide free legal advice covering many areas of law, for example on matters relating to debt, housing, employment, consumer and welfare benefits. We do not provide advice on family, criminal or immigration law.

Clinics are drop-in so an appointment is not required.
In addition, PopLaw provide a remote service by email and by telephone. To request assistance place contact:

Telephone: 07920 288 269 (Monday to Friday)

Every second Tuesday, 6.15 to 8.15pm on these dates:

2024 - January: 9th, 23rd February: 6th, 20th March: 5th, 19th April: 2nd, 16th, 30th May: 14th, 20th June: 11th, 25th July: 9th, 23rd. August: 6th, 20th. September: 3rd, 17th. October: 1st, 15th, 29th. November: 12th, 26th. December: 10th.

Get Online - Go Digital

Need help using your smart device or want to brush up on your IT skills? Come along to our weekly workshop and learn at your own pace.

Tuesdays, 2.15 - 3.45pm

Citizens Advice Bureau Service

Information and Advice on all general enquiries in Tower Hamlets.

Thursdays, 9.30am - 1pm

Mayor Surgery

With Mayor Luthfur Rahman. To book an appointment please call 020 7364 4000 or email:

Fridays, 6 - 9pm

Lansbury Ward Councillor Surgery

Meet your local Councillors and raise your concerns. Every Saturday, in rotation, Cllr Ohid Ahmed, Cllr Iqbal Hossain or Cllr Jahed Choudhury will be at Idea Store Chrisp Street.

Saturdays, 11am - 1pm

How to find us

1 Vesey PathEast India Dock Road Greater LondonLondonE14 6BT

The Store can easily be seen from the A13 (East India Dock Road) and is sited nearly opposite the Fire Station.

Disabled access

Idea Store Chrisp Street is fully accessible