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"The courses have been designed to fit easily into people's busy lives, with classes at lunchtimes, evenings and weekends."


Bishopsgate Institute is a Grade II* listed Arts and Crafts style building on Bishopsgate, in the City of London, just two minutes walk from Liverpool Street station and Spitalfields Market. 

Since 1894, Bishopsgate Institute has been welcoming people with an interest in learning and culture.  We continue to do this in the present day through our flourishing Courses for Adults programme, regular cultural events, and world renowned library and archive collections.  





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What's on Offer

Bishopsgate Institute offers a full and exciting programme of courses for adults in the City. The courses have been designed to fit easily into people's busy lives, with classes running throughout the day and evening. Based in a beautiful Grade-II-listed building, we are in an easy-to-reach location in one of London's most dynamic areas, just two minutes' walk away from Liverpool Street station and Spitalfields Market.

Our comprehensive range of short courses include:

Arts and Culture - Photography, Wine Tasting, Film Studies, Art History, Music Appeciation and Sketch in the City

  • Words and Ideas - Creative Writing, Philosophy, Free Speech and Public Speaking
  • Languages - Arabic, Chinese Mandarin, French, German, Italian and Russian
  • London  - Courses that explore the history, culture and politics of this amazing city
  • Performing Arts - Acting and Drama, Musical Theatre, Singing and Ballroom Dancing
  • Body and Exercise - Pilates, Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation

All courses are suitable for complete newcomers to the subject and a range of advanced levels are also offered in many areas. We aim to offer progression wherever possible and welcome student feedback at all times.

Bishopsgate Institute's team of tutors are highly qualified, experienced and extremely well-regarded both in their fields of expertise and by their students.

"A very well structured course with the tutor being exceptionally knowledgable and in a perfect position to lead the course. Enjoyable!"

- Creative Writing

"Great course - I really enjoyed learning in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere."

- French language student

"The course has been very challenging which was what I wanted. The tutor was excellent and really knows her stuff."

- Scritpwriting

"This course made me think about the creative aspects of photography as well as the technical ones. Very enjoyable."

- Photographing London student

On your visit you can also enjoy a coffee or a bite to eat in the Bishopsgate Kitchen.

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Beautiful Victorian library for you to study in

Since 1894 Bishopsgate Institute has been home to Bishopsgate Library, an independent library with important collections on London, protest and campaigns, labour, freethought and cooperation, Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive plus much more.

The Library is open to everyone, with no membership required - all visitors are welcome. 

We have unique and fascinating historical collections and continue to collect a broad range of books, pamphlets and archival material. In addition, the Library holds research materials for local and family historians, and maintains general reference materials and current national and local newspapers. 

We also offer internet access to students.

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Cultural Events

Cultural Events at Bishopsgate Institute

Since 1894 culture and the arts, heritage and history, ideas and independent thought have been a big part of what we do at Bishopsgate Institute. You can enjoy walks, talks, dance and topical discussions, as well as numerous concerts.

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Bishopsgate Institute is on Bishopsgate, just two minutes' walk from Liverpool Street mainline and underground stations. Bank, Moorgate and Aldgate tube stations are also close by. 

Bishopsgate and the surrounding area are served by numerous major bus routes, including numbers 8, 26, 35, 42, 47, 48, 78, 149, 242, 344 and 388. 

Disabled parking spaces are available outside Bishopsgate Institute in Brushfield Street. An NCP car park is also available at White's Row, off Commercial Street.

Free places on courses

We provide a number of full-fee bursaries to people who find it hard to pay for the full or concessionary rates. Please note that free places are not available for Intensive Public Speaking, the Unravelling Modern and Contemporary Art series, Free Speech or Birkbeck University of London courses. 

To apply for a bursary place you will need to fill in and return a short application form and enrolment form. These are available from the Bishopsgate Institute website.

Please note that free places on the course of your choice will be subject to availability.

"As a recipient of the much welcome bursary scheme, can I just add again how much as an individual I really appreciate being able to participate on the excellent courses run by Bishopsgate Institute, in particular the walking tours, art courses, and the film and media studies courses. I have learnt an enormous amount, and increased my social circle of friends greatly thanks to these wonderful courses. Many thanks again."

- Walking Tour: Behind the Termini student

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London Courses

Explore areas of London's past and present in a collection of walking tours and history courses. Our extensive archive of London books, maps, documents and ephemera as well as the expertise of our tutors provide a unique learning resource that brings the history of London to life.


Student story

Tim Potter attended War and Peace: Life for Ordinary Londoners in World War I in September 2014

After retiring from a career in education I wanted to indulge my first love of history. I enrolled on a short course at Bishopsgate Institute looking at the history of London during the First World War. I loved every minute of it! Handling the original materials kept in Bishopsgate Library brought the period alive. You felt immersed in the direct experience of Londoners of 100 years ago. The other students were interested, friendly and stimulating; the lecturer was inspirational; the materials were fascinating. 

I learnt a lot and feel inspired to learn more. I'm toying with the idea of trying to set up a group of strictly amateur historians to work together on some of the themes Bishopsgate Institute specialises in. It was only a short course but they so often have the potential to change lives!

War and Peace: Life for Ordinary Londoners in World War I was part of our London courses and is just one of the many courses for adults available at Bishopsgate Institute.

Bishopsgate Institute is based in a beautiful listed building close to Spitalfields Market and the vibrant Shoreditch area, we are just two minutes from Liverpool Street station.

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Contact details

230 Bishopsgate 

Tel: 020 7392 9200
Nearest Train/Tube Station: Liverpool Street