Visitor Information

Paul Mellon Centre
16 Bedford Square
London, WC1B 3JA
United Kingdom

T: 020 7580 0311
Please note that phone lines are currently monitored between 10am and 4pm. Enquiries out of hours should be addressed by email.

F: 020 7636 6730

We are thrilled to re-open the Centre to members of the public from Monday 5 October 2020. While we have been closed we have been working to put in place a number of measures to protect you and our staff

Opening Hours


Building & Public Study Room

Until 2 October 2020 

Building and PSR closed.

From 5 October 2020

Public Study Room open by appointment only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10:30-12:45 and 13:15-15:30.


The rest of the PMC will be open by invitation only between 10:00 and 16:00 each day. Please read our Guidance for visitors to the Centre in advance of arranging a visit.

18 December 2020 - 3 January 2021 (inclusive)



Nearest tube

Tottenham Court Road on the Central line and the Charing Cross branch of the Northern line.

Nearby buses

14, 24, 29, 73, 134, 390

By Car

There is no parking at the Paul Mellon Centre, however there are three Blue Badge parking spaces on Store Street, which runs parallel directly behind Bedford Square. There are also pay & display parking bays on Bedford Square, subject to local parking restrictions.


Additionally, the following car parks are nearby:

Adeline Place, WC1B 3AJ (0.2 miles/0.32 km) – 140 spaces, 2 of which are disabled bays

Bloomsbury Square, WC1A 2RJ (0.4 miles/0.64 km) – 300 spaces, 2 of which are disabled bays


There are railings outside Pret, Tottenham Court Road, near Bayley Street, that can be used to lock up a standard push bike.

More information on transport can be found in the Building Access Guide document below.

Public Study Room

The Centre’s Archives and Library can be consulted in our Public Study Room. 

All readers who wish to view any Archives & Library material in person must book an appointment by writing to by midnight on the Wednesday of the week before their visit. Appointments, with set arrival times, will be made in consultation with Archives & Library staff.

We offer an enquiry service and it might be possible to carry out research for you so that you don’t have to visit in person. Please write to the email above with the details of your request.

All readers will be required to leave the building during the lunch time closure of 12.45-13.15.

Building Access

We warmly welcome all visitors to the Paul Mellon Centre. For information on accessibility at the Centre, please refer to our Accessibility Film below, as well as our Accessibility Guide and diagrams showing public areas of the building, in the downloads section beneath it.

We are happy to offer assistance to visitors wherever possible and if you have any further queries please contact us.

Front of the Paul Mellon Centre building

Figure 1.
Jonathan Law, Building Accessibility, a video introduction to the facilities at 16 and 15 Bedford Square.