Please see below events still to run in 2023 and NEW EVENTS FOR 2024.  Full details can be found on our Eventbrite page.  Please note, some events are for Members Only.

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Monday 4th December, 6.30pm - The Society's Christmas Party, The Chapel, Blue Orchid Wellington Hotel, 71 Vincent Square SW1P 2PA



Monday 8th January, 11.30am - (TTIS MEMBERS ONLY) Guided walking tour in and around buildings of special interest on Broadway and Petty France, St James's Park Underground Station SW1H 0BB (Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book)

Wednesday 17th January, 6.30pm - Lambeth Reach, the River Thames from Westminster to Vauxhall Bridge TALK by Patricia Stoughton, TTIS Archives, 10 Old Pye Street SW1P 2DG

Thursday 18th & 23rd April, 5pm - (TTIS MEMBERS ONLY) Visit to the Royal Parks Nurseries, Hyde Park W2 2UH

Tuesday 25th June, 6.30pm - The Society's Summer Party - Details tbc

Tuesday 5th November, 6.30pm - The Society's 38th AGM - Details tbc

Monday 2nd December, 6.30pm - The Society's Christmas Party - Details tbc


Recordings of many of our previous Zoom talks can be viewed on our YouTube channel. 



Disclaimer:  The views and opinions expressed at the Society's events are those of the speakers and guides and do not necessarily reflect the stance of The Thorney Island Society. 




Paterson Joseph, the distinguished actor, performed excerpts from his debut novel The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho, the famous Georgian man of letters who escaped from a background of slavery, to become a composer and best-selling author, he was the first known person of African descent to vote in a parliamentary election in England.

Paterson was accompanied by composer/musician, Ben Park offering us musical and historical tributes to Sancho who was married and his children baptised in St Margaret's Church where the performance took place in October 2023. Original marriage and birth certificates were on display during the evening.

To read more, please see article in our Autumn/Winter 2023 Newsletter.



With thanks to the Blue Orchid Wellington Hotel, to all the guests and to the South Westminster Community Choir for a fun evening of carols, rousing brass accompaniment, good conversation and delicious food and drink. 













Inspired by Lucy Peck’s Newsletter articles on the history of schools in the area, Westminster Guide and TTIS member, Michael Marriott gave a super, informative and well received virtual walk through the back streets of Thorney Island, describing the social situation of the past and the establishment of the charity schools, hospitals, almshouses, social housing and children’s homes.




Susan Robin, Librarian at the Lindley Library in Vincent Square, gave a super talk and showed some of the Library's vast collection of botanical art gems. 

Specialising in garden history and botanical art, she explored how the RHS aimed to support and enrich the commercial growth of food in the UK through defining fruit varieties, funding plant collecting expeditions, collecting horticultural knowledge from both the past and the present, and sharing that knowledge with the nation. Items explored will include the fruit portraits of William Hooker (1815) and the seminal Dig for Victory publication The Vegetable Garden Display’d (1941).  This replaces an in-person visit postponed from last year. A recording of this talk is not available due to copyright issues of some of the images shown. 

The Lindley Library is hoping to reopen in September 2021 and their website can be found here: