Shantir Boi serves the local community through books – for buying, borrowing, reading and discussing.

Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan (1817-98, painted by 0707), his biography is on Art on the Shutters

We have books in Arabic, Bengali, English, Sylheti and Turkish for sale, plus numerous other languages for borrowing. We have books on Christianity and Islam, history and biography, health and nature, as well as some classic novels and poetry from both the West and the East.

Upstairs, screen to watch our numerous DVDs

We also provide teaching and discussion groups on different religious and social issues on some evenings during the week. We aim to be a positive and active presence in the heart of the Brick Lane area, as we live out the teachings of the prophets and Jesus the Messiah in word and deed.

Upstairs, books for sale

At the moment we have the following events:

English Classes  for Women (with female teachers), Wednesdays 1-2pm

Learn to Read and Write Sylheti Nagri, Sundays 4.30-5.45pm

Bengali Film Afternoons, Thursdays 2.30-5.30pm

Points of View Tea & Discussion, Fridays 2-3pm

The Maker’s Instructions, Sundays twice a month 3pm onwards

Downstairs reading space
Downstairs reading space

We also organise Discussion Groups, Homework Help for children, Tawrah classes and trips to Cambridge and Oxford Universities.

If you would like more information about any of these activities, please email us on the Contact Us page.

Downstairs discussion area


We’re at 49 Fashion Street, London, E1 6PX (just off Brick Lane) and are open 11am-6pm Monday-Friday. We’re also happy to open on request for personal study at the weekends.


Please pay us a real visit and not just a virtual one.