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Where can you find warm banks in London? – BBC News


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Most councils in London are encouraging residents to go to libraries for respite from the cold

As the cost of living crisis continues and the cold weather sets in, several London councils and organisations are opening warm banks to help people through the winter months.

A warm bank (or space) is a public venue such as a library or church anyone can visit for free if they are struggling to heat their home.

It comes as the snow and ice hit the UK on Friday with warnings in place.

David Fothergill, of the Local Government Association, has said councils are ready to “work around the clock” to keep residents safe during the cold weather.

He said: “We know that some people may choose to limit their heating use due to the impact of rising energy bills and so councils are asking people to check up on those that may need more help.

“It could help save lives.”

Warm Welcome, which has coordinated a map of warm banks across the UK, said around 3,000 warm spaces are open in London this winter, with more locations being added daily.

Where can I find a warm bank near me?

Barking and Dagenham Council has opened up warm banks in 13 of its communal areas, including libraries, community hubs and learning centres.

You can find out more about where its warm banks are here.

Libraries are open in Barnet as warm spaces this winter alongside churches and community centres.

For more information on the locations, visit the council’s list here.

Warm spaces will be available in Bexley’s six libraries, as well as a range of community centres and churches.

For more information, visit its list here.

Brent Council’s libraries operating as warm spaces this winter, alongside some community groups in the borough.

Find a map of the locations here.

Bromley has a range of churches, community centres and libraries open as warm hubs this winter.

Find a map displaying all of the warm spaces here.

Leisure centres, children’s centres and libraries will be welcoming residents into their warm spaces across Camden this winter.

The council has compiled a list of warm banks in the area here.

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The Barbican Library will also be welcoming residents during the day

A number of community venues are open in the City of London for people to keep warm, including the Barbican Library, community centres and churches.

Some of the venues are offering hot drinks and refreshments.

View a map of the locations here.

Warm spaces are in operation in Croydon, with leisure centres, community hubs and churches open for people to keep warm.

Some of the venues are offering warm food and drinks and games.

View a map of the locations here.

Warm spaces will be in operation across Ealing, run by a range of voluntary, community and faith groups.

The offering will include refreshments, games and activities.

For more information, visit the council’s site here.

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Like many other boroughs, Enfield will have most of their warm banks in libraries

Libraries in Enfield will be serving as warm spaces this season, with some offering comfort, advice and support.

Greenwich has a range of warm spaces including community centres, libraries, churches and also the National Maritime Museum.

Some of the locations will be serving hot drinks and can provide free Wi-Fi.

The council has provided a map of all of the warm spaces here.

Hackney Council has supported 14 community organisations to run warm spaces in the borough.

The offering includes youth clubs, arts and crafts, board games, hot food and drinks.

A list of the locations and the activities on offer is here.

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Many of the warm spaces are offering people a hot drink

There are several warm hubs across the borough’s community centres.

They will be providing hot drinks, biscuits and activities.

Find a list of the warm spaces here.

Libraries, community centres, churches and community cafes are open in Haringey to keep people warm this winter.

View a map of your nearest warm space here.

Community centres and churches are open as warm hubs in Harrow this winter, with different venues offering a range of facilities, including warm food and drinks.

The council’s libraries and other leisure sites are also open as heated community spaces and can signpost residents to cost of living support.

View the map to find the nearest warm hub here.

Warm Spaces in community centres, libraries, leisure centres and community hubs are open this winter in Havering.

Some are offering hot drinks, food, activities and clubs.

View the council’s list here.

Hillingdon’s libraries and community buildings will be serving as warm spaces this winter, as well as offering wellbeing and mental health support sessions.

Find more information on them here.

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Some of the venues are offering activities for children and older people

Hounslow Council said that it will announce details of its warm spaces from the week commencing 4 December.

Warm spaces will be in operation across Islington this winter, with the council due to announce details from the week commencing 4 December.

Libraries across the borough will be available as warm spaces, with some other community groups opening their doors.

To check the nearest location, visit the map here.

Churches in Kingston are opening their doors to provide a warm space winter, with some offering hot drinks.

The nearest warm spaces can be found here.

Lambeth Council is funding 15 warm spaces across the borough this year, which include a range of community centres.

For more information, visit its list here.

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Some warm hubs will be offering games for people to play

Lewisham is working with its partner Lewisham Local to offer about 60 warm spaces in the borough.

They will be offering a range of things from activities, to warm food, drinks, games and exercise classes.

Warm spaces are in operation across the borough in churches, libraries and community centres, with some offering hot drinks and food.

To find the nearest venue, search the directory here.

Newham Council will be opening warm havens in all of its libraries as part of its cost of living crisis response.

As a result, its 10 libraries will stay open until 20:00 GMT from Monday to Saturday and 16:00 GMT on Sunday.

Find out more information here.

Redbridge Council is referring to its warm banks as Community Living Rooms, each with different things on offer.

All 11 Redbridge libraries are involved in the scheme and offer a range of activities such as chess club, knit’n’natter sessions and coding for kids.

To find out which venues are taking part, you can see more information here.

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Redbridge said it is running knit’n’natter sessions in some of its libraries

Several libraries in the borough along with community centres, community cafes and the Museum of Richmond will be open to residents this winter.

To find out where they are, see the council’s map here.

Southwark has opened several warm spaces for its residents, including its libraries. They are running a range of free activities for adults and children.

The council has provided a list of its warm spaces here.

Sutton Council said that its eight libraries will be available as warm spaces this winter during normal operating hours.

For more information visit its website here.

Tower Hamlets will be hosting warm spaces from 11 December in its libraries and idea stores.

Several of them will be offering hot drinks and book groups throughout the winter season.

Read more about the council’s warm spaces scheme here.

Leisure centres, community groups and churches across the borough are open as warm spaces this winter.

Some are offering hot drinks and food. To view the locations, visit the map here.

There are almost 40 community spaces in Wandsworth that are open to residents this winter.

They include community cafes, children’s centres, libraries and churches.

The council has created a directory of all of the warm spaces in its borough, which include libraries and art galleries.

To get more information on what warm spaces are based near you, search the directory here.



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