We are London’s independent heritage charity, set up in 1980 by the Greater London Council to rescue historic buildings and monuments. We work in every London borough, supporting local communities who most need our help.
We identify projects, commission condition surveys, give grants and guide the restoration of each site from beginning to end. We focus on heritage at risk. We encourage local authorities to get behind us and work with specialist conservators to bring every building back to life.
London’s lost histories inspire and delight. We research the amazing stories behind every project and use them to brighten our surroundings and our lives.
As a charity we are 100% independently funded – if you can help support us, please do!
AT ANY ONE TIME
SOME OF OUR PROJECTS
Gatehouse of St Bartholomew
City of London
Having survived the Great Fire of London and the Blitz, this is the oldest church in the City of London with an astonishing Tudor gatehouse.
Sarah Siddons statue
Sarah Siddons was the most famous tragedienne of the 18th century, playing Hamlet as well as Lady Macbeth and breaking new ground for women on stage.
Before police stations, lock ups were used for temporary detention of thieves and drunks. This is the last of its kind to survive in London.
Wanstead Grotto is an 18th century survival from the estate that was once part of Wanstead House. Comprised of limestone, shells, fossils, mica chips and crystalline minerals to sparkle by candlelight, it originally featured a boat channel and dock for gondolas.
Temple, Mount Clare
This exquisite Temple was built in the 1760s as part of a grand estate in Roehampton. It includes a 1760s painted ceiling with a winged female figures and plaster details, all of which have been severely vandalised over the last decades.
Caledonian park animal heads & gates
This handsome iron gateway was built in 1854 as the entrance to London’s newest Metropolitan Cattle Market, where livestock from all over the country were traded. Each pier had cast iron animal heads around its top, with gas lanterns on every third pier.
Southwark Cathedral Bells Southwark
Aldgate Pump City of London
Garden Museum Lanterns
St Mary & Holy Trinity Bow Tower Hamlets
The Gillick Pageant Kensington & Chelsea
St John the Baptist Windows Kensington &
St James th Less Westminster
Rio Cinema Hackney
Physic Well Barnet
Apothecaries Hall City of London
Pimp Hall Dovecote Waltham Forest
Altazimuth Pavillion Greenwich
Gunnersbury Park Arch Hounslow
Union Chapel Clock Islington
Wood Green Fountain Haringey
Turnham Green Drinking Fountain Hounslow
Richmond Green Drinking Fountain Richmon
National Film Theatre Sign Lambeth