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Idea Store Watney Market

Friday 23 February - Service closure

Please note that on Friday 23 February 2024 all Idea Stores and Libraries (except Idea Store Chrisp Street and Idea Store Whitechapel) will be closed 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.

Please note that on this day Idea Store Chrisp Street and Idea Store Whitechapel will be accessible on a self-service basis only as follows:

  • 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
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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.

Mondays 11am - 12pm 

Book Group

Discuss books with fellow readers at our informal, free monthly meetings. Discover what we're reading this month.

Last Thursday of the Month, 6.30pm

Prime Time

Have an enjoyable and relaxing time, meet new and familiar friends, chat and enjoy a cup of tea.(For over 50s)

Thursdays, 10.15 - 11.45am

Free period products from Flow Happy

Idea Stores are working in partnership with Flow Happy to help tackle period poverty in Tower Hamlets.

Free sanitary items are available at this Idea Store for anyone who would benefit from using them. Look out for the Flow Happy cabinet in store.

We also appreciate any donations of period products towards the scheme.

  • 64% of girls aged 14-21 have missed school because of their periods
  • 46% of those who struggled to afford products kept sanitary pads or tampons on for longer than recommended or used toilet paper – This creates a risk of infection not to mention shame and embarrassment.
  • 75% said they had prioritised spending money on food – No one should be facing that choice.
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How to find us

260 Commercial RoadGreater LondonLondonE1 2FB

From Shadwell DLR: Follow the signs to Watney Street Market from the station's entrance, as Watney Street turns to the right, continue straight on through the pedestrianised area until you reach Commercial Road. On your left is the entrance to the Idea Store Watney Market.

From Shadwell Overground: Shadwell: Take the exit for Shadwell DLR station, turn left onto Watney Street, as Watney Street turns to the right, continue straight on through the pedestrianised area until you reach Commercial Road. On your left is the entrance to the Idea Store Watney Market.

Disabled access

Idea Store Watney Market is fully accessible