Leytonstone Library has been awarded Grade II*-listed status after being recognised for its ‘remarkable interiors’.

English Heritage has deemed the building, built in 1934, of ‘national importance’.

Only 5.5 percent of all listed buildings have been given the II* status, which means they are of ‘more than special interest’.

The library, which was built by Leyton Urban District Council, was strategically located in the main shopping area of Leytonstone at a time when it was developing as a burgeoning London suburb.

English Heritage described the building as 'an inter-war suburban branch library of considerable architectural ambition, which illustrates the most progressive library practice of the period'.

The Library now ranks alongside other Grade II*-listed buildings in the borough, such as the William Morris Gallery and Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge.