To help everyone stay warm this winter, ‘warm welcome’ spaces are available across Camden. You'll find them in libraries, children's centres and other community buildings across the borough. 

Each 'warm welcome' space offers something a little different. But wherever you visit, you'll find a warm and friendly place to enjoy. You’ll also be able to get help and support with the cost of living crisis if you need it.

Everyone is invited to come in, relax and meet up with others in a safe and warm place.

On this page:

Find a warm welcome space near you 

View our warm welcome spaces on a map to find one near you or see a full list below. 

Libraries 

Camden libraries provide a warm and friendly space for anyone to; 

  • sit and read or chat 
  • use free WiFi, computers or tablets 
  • study 
  • read free online newspapers, magazines or e-books  
  • attend events, including weekly rhyme and story time sessions (for children under 5) 

Select your local library for opening hours, contact details and information about facilities: 

Children’s centres 

Our children’s centres provide for children under 5 and their families. They are here for stay and play, drop-in sessions or advice and support this winter. 

Leisure centres and gyms

Camden's Better leisure centres and gyms provide free and discounted facilities and events this winter. This will include:

  • free swimming for over 60s (before midday Monday to Friday)
  • under 16s swim for £1 (before 10am Saturday and Sunday)
  • discounted membership if you are under 16, disabled or on a low income
  • older adult social club activities once a fortnight

Select your local leisure centre for opening hours, contact details and information about facilities: 

Warm welcome community spaces 

Netherwood Youth and Family Hub

Netherwood Youth and Family Hub aims to offer a ‘warm welcome' provision two days a week. Guests will have access to the kitchen to prepare food, as well as books, board games and a small gym.

  • Address: 5 Netherwood Street, NW6 2QU (view on map
  • Opening hours: Monday and Thursday, 11.30am to 3.30pm
  • Contact number: 020 7974 5003
  • Email: Camdenrise@camden.gov.uk

Somers Town Community Association

Somers Town Community Association and The St Pancras and Somers Town Living Centre is offering a space for local residents to come, keep warm and meet over a hot drink and biscuits. 

  • Address: 2 Ossulston Street, London NW1 1DF (view on map
  • Opening hours: Please contact for opening hours
  • Contact number: 020 7380 0453
  • Email: hello@thelivingcentre.org

Somers Town Youth Centre

Somers Town Youth Centre offers after school and evening sessions for local young people. It will also be adding two sessions a week for adults, including hot drinks, reading materials and activities.

  • Address: 134 Chalton Street, London NW1 1RX (view on map
  • Opening hours: Various (see weekly schedule)
  • Contact number: 020 7974 8257
  • Email: Joanne.peet@camden.gov.uk

The O2 Centre

The O2 Centre is opening its Venue hall as a warm space every Wednesday from 11am to 1pm. WiFi and hot drinks are available, and staff from the Streets Food Project will be on hand to offer support and advice.

  • Address: The Venue Hall (located on level 2), 255 Finchley Road, NW3 6LU (view on map
  • Opening hours: Wednesday, 11am to 1pm
  • Contact number: 020 7974 7716
  • Email: o2security@mitie.com

Third Age Project 

The Third Age Project welcomes local older residents (60 years plus) for hot drinks, refreshments and friendly company. It provides free organised activities within the centre, including cost-price lunch clubs. 

  • Address: Cumberland Market, Regent's Park, London NW1 3RH (view on map
  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm 
  • Contact number: 020 7383 4922 
  • Email: info@thirdageproject.org.uk 

British Somali Community Centre

British Somali Community Centre provides practical and emotional support by staff and volunteers. It provides WiFi, hot drinks, magazines, newspapers and other activities.

  • Address: 7-9 Crowndale Road, Camden NW1 1TU (view on map)
  • Opening hours: Tuesday, 10:30am to 4pm
  • Contact number: 020 7383 2803
  • Email: info@britishsomali.org 

Kentish Town Community Centre

Kentish Town Community Centre welcomes residents for a cup of tea or coffee, and encourages you to access services including their film club, arts club, community meals, wellbeing classes and coffee mornings. Please call the centre before coming.

  • Address: 17 Busby Place, NW5 2SP (view on map)
  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 10am to 3pm. 
  • Contact number: 020 7482 3212
  • Email: info@ktcc.org.uk

Holborn Community Association - Holborn House Community Centre

Holborn House Community Centre provides a range of activities for all ages. Most activities are free. Some activity classes may have a fee, but everyone is welcome to visit and make use of the centre's lobby, WiFi, or chat about what's on offer.

  • Address: 35 Emerald Street, WC1N 3QW (view on map)
  • Opening hours: Please see website for details 
  • Contact number: 020 7405 2370
  • Email: admin@holborncommunity.co.uk

Holborn Community Association - Millman Street Community Centre

Millman Street Community Centre provides care, support and activities for older adults aged 55+. Activities are available for free to people who want to 'drop in' to the centre and make use of the space.

  • Address: 50 Millman Street, WC1N 3EW (view on map)
  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm
  • Contact number: 020 7405 2370
  • Email: admin@holborncommunity.co.uk

Queens Crescent Community Association

Queens Crescent Community Association offers a wide range of free activities for the whole community, including specialist programmes for 8 to 19 year-olds and the over 55s. A weekly timetable is available on its website - from yoga and Zumba to bingo, health talks and a music studio. There are also tea and coffee mornings, a weekly lunch and a foodbank.

  • Address: 45 Ashdown Crescent, NW5 4QE (view on map)
  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm
  • Contact number: 020 7267 6635
  • Email: info@qcca.org.uk

St George the Martyr Church

St George the Martyr offers a free warm space, hot drinks and an art gallery featuring the work of Charlie Mackesy, author of The Boy, The Fox, The Mole and The Horse. 

  • Address: 44 Queen Square, WC1N 3AH (view on map)
  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 10am to 2pm
  • Contact number: 020 7404 4407
  • Email: ops@sgtm.org

South Hampstead and Kilburn Partnership (SHAK) - The ARC Youth Club

A space for young people aged 9 to 19 years old, they offer an after-school club during term time, school holiday activities that include a free meal and a place for young people to relax with friends.

  • Address: Alexandra Resource Centre, Opposite 109 Rowley Way, NW8 0SW (view on map)
  • Opening hours: See website or call in advance to check
  • Contact number: 0300 365 2003
  • Email: arc@shakonline.co.uk

South Hampstead and Kilburn Partnership (SHAK) - Shell Centre 1

A space for everyone that provides advice, support and activities for everyone.

  • Address: Shell 1 - Linnell House, Boundary Road, NW8 0HS (view on map)
  • Opening hours: See website or call in advance to check
  • Contact number: 0300 365 2003
  • Email: shell@shakonline.co.uk

South Hampstead and Kilburn Partnership (SHAK) - Shell Centre 2

A space that provides advice, support and activities for everyone.

  • Address: Shell 2 - Fielding House, Boundary Road, NW8 0HU (view on map)
  • Opening hours: See website or call in advance to check
  • Contact number: 0300 365 2003
  • Email: shell@shakonline.co.uk

Bourne Estate Tenant Residents Association

A space for everyone to get online, watch movies, read and play games, with kitchen facilities to make food and someone on-site to talk to.

  • Address: Allen Hall, Unit 1 Dobson Court, Bourne Estate EC1N 7AA (view on map)
  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 2pm
  • Contact number: n/a
  • Email: bourneestate@gmail.com

Can you host a warm space? 

If you're a local organisation and can offer a free, warm space for Camden residents, we'd love to hear from you.  

Read about why we're providing warm spaces, and sign-up to our ‘warm welcome’ pledge to register your interest. 

Register your warm space