The Society formed in 1985, saving from demolition, London's first public library in Great Smith Street (above right).
We respond on behalf of residents and businesses to local planning applications. Our 300+ members enjoy local visits of historic and other interest, social events and an archive of books and prints.
London's Lost Island Talk - Thursday 6th October 2016
Victor Keegan, former Guardian journalist and London blogger, will talk about "London's Lost Island", the amazing history of Thornea, the island formed by the junction of the Thames and Tyburn rivers on which Parliament and Westminster Abbey were built.
It has arguably experienced the densest concentration of historical events anywhere in Europe and is replete with curious tales.
6.30pm for 7pm at the William Gibbs Hall off Great Peter Street, SW1P 2HA (entrance via a narrow lane next to the Speaker pub). Admission free. Donation welcome for refreshments.
Many thanks to all who attended and supported the Fundraising Gala Dinner on Monday 26th September. With special thanks to the Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP for his speech, describing growing up in Smith Square, using the public library (now The Cinnamon Club and our fabulous hosts for the evening) and the huge refurbishment project at the Palace of Westminster. Also many thanks to Colin Sheaf, Chairman of Bonhams UK & Asia who auctioned some unique lots and raised around £1300. Finally, thank you to all those who donated items for the auction, as follows :
Belgrave Communications - Tour of the Old War Office, Whitehall
Bonhams UK - Lunch and a glass of champagne for 2 at Bonhams Michelin starred restaurant in Mayfair
The Cinnamon Club - Champagne breakfast for 2
Claudia & Nobuko Bespoke Hair @ Headonizm, Page Street - 2 ladies or gents haircuts
M Wines, Victoria Street - £50 private wine tasting voucher
Joanna Moncrieff - Westminster guided walk
Catherine Slater - An illustrated history of your London house/flat and street
St James's Theatre, Palace Street - 2 tickets to 'The Pianist of Willesden Lane'
St John's Smith Square - £100 voucher for a SJSS Concert
Taj St James's Court Hotel, Buckingham Gate - The Shakespeariance Dinner for 2
The Royal Parks - Rare opportunity to feed the pelicans in St James's Park, a tour of Duck Island, Cottage & Duke of York's Column.
Old War Office, 57 Whitehall
Although, slightly out of our area, this prominent building may be of interest to many. The proposal is for conversion by 57 Whitehall Sarl to a hotel and apartments.
A public exhibition was held on 5th & 6th September. If you were unable to attend and have any questions, please contact Nick Dines
Our visit to Parliament's hidden medieval places, 28th July 2016
Thorney Tales (9) - Governor of Duck Island
Westminster Fire Station
Following a public exhibition in May, please see our response here and on the Planning page.
Newsletter Spring 2016
WCC say "NO" to proposed sculpture outside Westminster Central Hall
UPDATE - April 2016
Westminster City Council have disappointly turned down this application. Read more here in a Guardian article.
To sign the on-line petition to overturn the decision, click here.
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We support this application for the installation of the sculpture 'Homeless Jesus' in front of the Methodist Hall on Storey's Gate.
The sculpture is very moving and is appropriate in this location, near where there is so much wealth and yet so many rough sleepers.