Visitor Information

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

T: 020 7580 0311

F: 020 7636 6730

Opening Hours


Building & Public Study Room

Monday – Friday 10:00–17:00
UK Bank Holidays Centre closed 
30 October 2019 Public Study Room closed
20 December 2019 – 3 January 2020 (inclusive) Centre closed
20 December 2019 – 8 January 2020 (inclusive) Public Study Room closed


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 Research Collections can be consulted in our Public Study Room. 

If you are consulting Research Collections material at the Centre for the first time, you will need to make an appointment to register.

On subsequent visits to the Library you do not need to make a prior appointment. For all visits to use the Archive and Tate Photographic Archive you will need to make a prior appointment 48 hours in advance.

For those unable to visit in person, we are able to answer brief enquiries about the Research Collections.

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.

Accessibility film screenshot

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