Please see below EVENTS FOR 2024.  Please note, some events are for Members Only.

Please view details & book via our Eventbrite page:


If you do not wish to book online, please contact us and we will be happy to make your booking (our telephone number is on our "US" page via tab above or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post cheque to 10 Old Pye Street, London SW1P 2DG


Thursday 18 April, 5.00 p.m. and Tuesday 23 April, 5.00 p.m. – Tour of the Royal Parks Nursery (TTIS MEMBERS ONLY) – details (including Eventbrite password and meeting point) were in the most recent e-mail newsletter; please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need further information

Thursday 2 May, 6.00 p.m. - Talk on 'The Magical History of Lost London' at Westminster Archives, 10 St Ann's Street, London SW1P 2DF

Saturday 18 May, 11.00 a.m. – A Stroll Around Medieval Westminster – the author of Vic Keegan’s Lost London 1 and 2 will walk you around ancient Thorney Island, pointing out the precursor of Big Ben, two prisons, a shanty town, a wine-spilling fountain and lots more hidden treasures

Tuesday 28 May, 3.00 p.m. - Tour of the Cricket Pavilion in Vincent Square with Architect Ptolemy Dean, Vincent Square, SW1P 2PW

Tuesday 25 June, 6.30 p.m. – The Society’s Summer Party – 55 Broadway, London SW1H 0BB

Friday 5 July, 3.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. – Benjamin Franklin House: An Architectural Tour – explore the Georgian features of the house, along with its fascinating history, encompassing Franklin’s long residence (1757–75), the Hewson anatomy school and the comprehensive conservation project that saved it from dereliction

Saturday 14 September, 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. - TTIS Archives Open House Day - Drop in and learn about Thorney Island with 2 talks at 12 noon and 2 p.m. on "Whatever happened to the historic River Tyburn", 10 Old Pye Street, London SW1P 2DG

Tuesday 15 October, 2.00 p.m. - TTIS Silver Sunday Talk at The Cinnamon Club, (MEMBERS ONLY) The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street, SW1P 3BU

Tuesday 5 November, 6.30 p.m. – The Society's 38th AGM – 55 Broadway, London SW1H 0BB  (Speaker tbc)

Monday 2 December, 6.30 p.m. – The Society’s Christmas Party – Chapel Suite, Blue Orchid Wellington Hotel, 71 Vincent Square, SW1P 2PA


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: