The London Centre

Family visitors in the garden at Osterley, Isleworth, Middlesex.
Osterley Park is just one of the places in easy reach of the London Centre National Trust Images / Arnhel de Serra

The London Centre was founded in 1951, and is the second oldest association after Manchester. It currently has 170 members drawn from across London and surrounding areas.

What we do
Our objectives are to promote and prosper the work of the National Trust both nationally and in the London and South East area and to promote social activities to make membership more enjoyable. We have just changed our Constitution so you no longer have to be a member of the National Trust or an affiliated organisation or the holder of a National Trust Volunteer Card to join the London Centre. Our members come from all over London and the surrounding areas.
As you will see from the programme, our main activities are visits by public transport to places of interest in and around London; coach trips to National Trust and other properties and an annual holiday.  We also arrange fortnightly rambles (normally no more than six miles and often with an opportunity to break away early).
Our main fundraising comes from the surplus arising from events and this enables us to contribute annually to national and regional appeals.
The annual membership rate for the centre is £10 per person (£8 for each additional member at the same address). There is an additional, one off, joining fee of £10 for those who are not National Trust members or volunteers. 
Programmes are sent out to members three times a year and are made up of visits by public transport in the London area; trips by coach or train to National Trust properties and other places of interest further afield; an annual holiday and undemanding rambles.
The visits often include an opportunity to lunch together, so there is plenty of time to socialise then as well as on the coach trips and during the pub lunches on the rambles (which sometimes include a visit to a National Trust property). Coach trips depart from Central London (currently Marylebone Station) usually between 9.15 and 10.15 for a full day visit.
We hold our AGM and Social at the Napier Hall, Hide Place, SW1. This is close to Victoria Station and convenient for our members who come from all over the London Area.
Apart from the annual Social we do not arrange specifically fundraising events but aim to generate a surplus on outings. This, together with donations, enables us to contribute annually to appeals from properties and to national appeals such as Enterprise Neptune.  

Upcoming Events

Below you will find our programme of forthcoming events – we hope it will encourage you to join us.
2 December 2015 - Ramble - Walthamstow and the River Lea
15 December 2015 - Ramble - Canary Wharf to Greenwich
8 January 2016 - Guided tour - Vintners’ Hall
14 January 2016 - Ramble - Finsbury Park to Stoke Newington
21 January 2016 - Guided tour - British Library Conservation Unit
27 January 2016 - Ramble  -Richmond circular via Ham House (NT)

Get in touch

To find out more please contact the Membership Secretary, Anne Thyer, on 020 7639 5321 or email