Karl Marx Memorial Library

Karl Marx Memorial Library information

London , United Kingdom
Street 37a Clerkenwell Green
Extras EC1
+44 7253 1485
Getting there
underground rail Farringdon
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Opening hours
1-6pm Mon-Thu
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Lonely Planet review

Clerkenwell has quite a radical history. An area of Victorian-era slums (the so-called Rookery), it was settled by mainly Italian immigrants in the 19th century. Modern Italy’s founding father, Garibaldi, dropped by in 1836. During his European exile, Lenin edited 17 editions of the Russian-language Bolshevik newspaper Iskra (Spark) from here in 1902–03, while he lived in nearby Finsbury. Copies of the newspaper have been preserved in today’s library, along with a host of other socialist literature. Nonmembers are free to look around between 1pm and 2pm.