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Building with cityscape framed

In June 2009, after many years of searching and fund-raising, Kagyu Samye Dzong London finally bought a building to be our permanent home.

 It was worth the wait – the former Bermondsey library is perfect! The official opening of the Spa Road centre took place in June 2010 and,  it is clear that the building is an excellent home for KSDL for generations to come.

The former Bermondsey library was opened in the 1890’s as the first free public library in London. Alfred and Ada Salter (the first lady mayor of Bermondsey) used the library as a base to launch a number of public health initiatives and playwright Harold Pinter admitted, many years after the event, to having stolen a book from the library! In the 1930’s a side picture framedlarge hall was added to the building, complete with Art Deco sunbeam motifs. This now forms the main shrine-room, including a 2.5m Buddha statue, with space for more than 300 people.

We are delighted to have returned this handsome building to its original use as a peaceful place of learning. The Tibetan Buddhist teachings are universal and timeless and can bring benefit to everyone. 

Kagyu Samye Dzong London offers a unique place for people to unwind from the stressful pace of inner city life. The many meditation classes and more specialised courses are offered on a purely donation basis while the use of the shrine rooms for personal practice as well as group meditation is free of charge. With regular meditations and prayers, the activities of the centres are dedicated to peace, harmony and happiness in the world.


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Opening Hours

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 Monday  closed
 Tuesday  closed
 Wednesday  2:00 pm to 9:00 pm
 Thursday  2:00 pm to 9:00 pm
 Friday  2:00 pm to 9:00 pm
 Saturday  9:00 am to 9:00 pm
 Sunday  9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Contact details 

Kagyu Samye Dzong London
15 Spa Road
London SE16 3SA

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Tel: +44 (0)20 3327 1650



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  • Shrine Rooms
  • Tibetan Tea Room
  • Library
  • Shop
  • Workshop Rooms
  • Treatment Room

Access by public transport: tea room people 2 lo res


By public transport

Tube Stations: The nearest Underground Station is Bermondsey on the Jubilee Line. London Bridge, on the Northern and Jubilee Lines, is slightly further away.

Buses: The following buses come near the centre – No 1, No 78, No 188, No 42, No 47, No 381 and No C10. The No 1 and 78 buses stop particularly close to the centre, at the “Spa Road” stop on Grange Road.

Parking is free at weekends and from 6:30 pm in the evenings.


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