The London Centre

Family visitors in the garden at Osterley, Isleworth, Middlesex.

The London Centre was founded in 1951, and is the second oldest association after Manchester. It currently has around 200 members drawn from across London and surrounding areas.

Our objectives are to promote and support the work of the National Trust both nationally and locally and to arrange social activities making membership more enjoyable.  In practice, we concentrate on the latter and, while doing this, manage to donate some thousands of pounds each year to the National Trust.

Our main activities are visits by public transport to places of interest in and around London, some not accessible to the general public.  We also arrange coach trips to National Trust and other properties and an annual holiday.  Our fortnightly rambles are normally no more than six miles, with a convivial lunch stop and the opportunity to leave early if required.

Surplus arising from our events enables us to donate to National Trust projects.  Some donations respond to national appeals such as Enterprise Neptune; some directly to properties in our London and South-East Region, for example Rainham Hall for the re-launch of the house and garden, to Ham House for picture restoration and the gardens and to Ightham Mote for the “Game of Bowls” appeal.

We try to support the Trust’s work with children; in 2016 our donation to Woolsthorpe Manor (Isaac Newton’s House near Grantham) was for costumes for visitors and guides.  This last donation was prompted by an enjoyable visit on our Centre holiday.  Other holidays have stimulated support for projects as diverse as an organ at Erdigg, umbrellas and deckchairs for Tyntesfield, and a Victorian glasshouse at Quarry Bank at Styal in Cheshire. 

You no longer have to be a member of the National Trust to be welcomed at the London Centre.  Our members come from all areas of London and its surroundings.  We have a wide variety of backgrounds with a range of interests including history, art, gardens and many more.  Our programme of visits and events is designed to reflect this.

The annual membership rate is £15*.  There is a reduction to £10* for those members receiving programmes and literature by email, and also for additional members at the same address not requiring a printed programme.  There is a one-off joining fee of £10 for those who are not National Trust members or volunteers.  *Rates for 2020/21 were reduced to £10 and £5 in view of the corona virus restrictions of our activities.

Programmes are sent out to members three times a year.  The London 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 rambles.  Coach trips depart from Central London usually between 9.15 and 10.15 for a full day visit.  We hold our AGM and Social at the Napier Hall, Hide Place, SW1P 4NJ, close to Victoria Station and convenient for travel from all the London area.

Get in touch

To find out more please contact the Membership Secretary, Sue Chinn on 020 8742 2355 or email londoncentrenationaltrust@yahoo.com

Upcoming Events, October 2021 – January 2022 

5 Oct – ramble – Capital Ring (Falconwood stn to Grove Park stn)

18 Oct – visit – St Paul’s Cathedral

20 Oct – ramble – Ingrebourne Valley walk

1 Nov – zoom talk – ‘The Last Laugh of the Railway King’

4 Nov – ramble – Kensington Gardens to Trafalgar Square

15 Nov – visit – Tallow Chandlers Hall

16 Nov – ramble – Clapton to Stratford via Lea River

29 Nov – zoom talk – ‘Coleshill House, village & parkland’

1 Dec – ramble – Twickenham circular

7 Dec – visit – Lambeth Palace Library

16 Dec – ramble – Blue plaques & Green Spaces in Kensington

13 Jan – ramble – Plague, Pestilence & Pathology (Central London)

17 Jan – zoom talk – ‘Cliveden & the War Years’

18/19 Jan & 27 Jan – Arts & Crafts house, Clapham (evening visits)

26 Jan – ramble - Hampstead