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.
By invitation only :
Monday 26th September, 7.30pm-11pm - Fundraising Gala Dinner at The Cinnamon Club, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BU
This promises to be a very special evening. Invitations have been sent and we are delighted that the Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, will give the evening's speech and to support our fundraising on the night, Colin Sheaf, Chairman of Bonhams UK & Asia, has kindly agreed to entertain us with a short auction of special lots.
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.
Thorney Tales (8) Westminster Opera House
But not completely. The foundations were kept - and are still there today. When Scotland Yard took over in 1890 some of the rooms originally built for opera stars were converted into cells for prisoners. One of the subterranean passages built as part of the opera house was connected to a platform on the District Line at Westminster Station. Another passage was reported to go to Parliament to give peers and MPs easy access to the opera. The building was put to good use by the metropolitan police. But is is sad to think that Thorney Island missed out on an opera house of its own.
What is Thorney Island ?