London Euston: The free and hidden room with comfy seats and beanbags where you can relax before your train

The Wellcome Collection's hidden free library reading room
-Credit: (Image: Tripadvisor)


If you are frequently caught in delays at London Euston, you probably dream of avoiding the hustle and bustle of the station's famously chaotic concourse. Well, there's a way you can do just that - and it's also a free and fun way to spend a day in Central London.

There's a fantastic hidden gem right next to London Euston, the perfect spot to comfortably wait out any train delays, or simply to enjoy a relaxed afternoon without spending a penny. Welcome to: The Reading Room. The room is situated on the second floor of The Wellcome Collection, a free library and museum on Euston Road that, according to its website, explores "health and human experience."

This secluded spot is as snug and tranquil as it is conveniently positioned. Not only is it just one street and a mere couple of minutes' walk from Euston - and a slightly longer 11-minute stroll from Kings Cross or St Pancras - but it also boasts an array of books and comfortable seating areas, including beanbags.

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Exterior of The Wellcome Collection  free museum and library
The Wellcome Collection can be found next to London Euston -Credit:Tripadvisor

Book enthusiasts of all ages and tastes are bound to discover something captivating with over 1,000 titles lining the shelves, ranging from magazines and graphic novels to memoirs and fiction. Even better, these can be enjoyed whilst nestled into the plush bean bags that adorn the crimson stairs, or seated on sofas or at desks.

Display objects, artworks and activity stations centred around themes such as food, travel and the human body are scattered throughout. Also within the building you can explore a raft of art displays, both temporary and permanent, or check out interactive installations. A list of what's on can be found here.

To top it off, there's a cafe and gift shop on the ground floor perfect for any interested visitors. Many see this spot as an ideal place for reading, working, or studying in peace. If you find yourself at a loose end, perhaps waiting for a train at Euston, it's certainly worth a visit.

Raving on Tripadvisor, one person shared, "We ended up here by chance because we had time to kill before our train. Very interesting and very detailed objects that may make you stop and think for a bit. We all enjoyed the visit and there is something for all age groups to appreciate and participate in."

Another visitor chimed in with, "Visited here after arriving at Euston station initially to kill a bit of time, but loved it so much we came back again before heading back home. A grand, beautiful and immaculately looked after place. Free entry, a free place to leave bags, many interesting displays, artefacts and galleries. A thoughtful, well laid out library full of comfy chairs for you to sit relax and relax." They concluded by dubbing it 'a peaceful haven' amidst the city's 'hustle and bustle'.

Others online have praised the not-so-secret spot as "Perfect if you have time to kill and want to make the most of a delayed train" and "a great place just to sit and admire more artefacts and enjoy the atmosphere. " Travel content creator @thecuriouspixie has also given the library a shout-out on her Instagram, where she has 276K followers. Beginning her reel titled 'Things in London nobody tells you,' she said: "Visit the reading room next to Euston Tube station. Find beanbags and sofas for relaxing, table to work on or take part in activities and a unique collection of books. It's free to enter and London's best kept secret.".

How to find it

Nearby Euston Square is the closest transport hub, a London Underground station right next to The Wellcome Collection reachable by the Hammersmith and City, Circle and Metropolitan lines. Warren Street, served by the Victoria line and both branches of the Northern line, is also only a five minute walk.

If you're coming from Euston station, meanwhile, it's just a four minute walk away. From Kings Cross or St Pancras, it's only 11 minutes and similarly easy route straight down Euston Road.

The Reading Room is found on level 2.

The museum usually welcomes visitors daily from 10am to 6pm, with the exception of Mondays when it's closed and Thursdays when it stays open until 8pm. More details can be found on their website.

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