Next to the Tower of London is 220(ish) year old building that is the headquarters of the people who look after the lighthouses.

Originally founded by King Henry VIII in 1514 to manage shipping safety along the Thames, what is today Trinity House was officially called (deep breath!)… “The Master, Wardens, and Assistants of the Guild, Fraternity, or Brotherhood of the most glorious and undivided Trinity, and of St. Clement in the Parish of Deptford-Strond in the County of Kent.”

They long decamped from Deptford to the City though — and the current building was constructed in the 1790s, and largely restored following the unexpected intervention of a German bomb in December 1940.

A lot of the restoration of the building is based on a series of photos taken in 1919 for publication in the Country Life magazine, which is a rare stroke of fortune for the ill-fated building.

It is therefore within a fairly grand building of the city livery companies style, and while public tours used to be very rare, they are now a fairly regular affair.

There’s roughly two tours per month, always on a Monday at 3pm.

Tours last around 75 minutes and cost £10 per person, which goes to the Trinity House charitable fund providing education and welfare services to mariners.


To book a tour, go to their website, select a date, and then send them an email with your details.



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  1. Oliver Gill says:

    I’m confused. What is the Trinity House in Baker St, handsome frontage of Douglas or another offshore lighthouse carved in Portland stone?

  2. Edward Biffin says:

    Former Abbey National Headquarters at 219 Baker Street,built 1932, almost entirely rebuilt twice but the central tower retained in both cases: and in a niche on the lower part of the tower is a Portland stone sculpture of a lighthouse by the architect John james Joass signifying the Building Society’s ‘Security’ – a word engraved below the lighthouse. But you are right – no connection with the name Trinity House.

    • Chris Rogers says:

      Not sure Abbey Ho has been rebuilt twice? Once in the early/mid 2000s, yes, when the seemingly precariusly propped tower made the ages of the paers, but…?

  3. Duncan Martin says:

    Trinity House looks after navigation aids (not just lighthouses, but also buoys) in England and Wales. The Northern Lighthouse Board looks after the Lights in Scotland and the Isle of Man, and the Commissioners for Irish Lghts is responsible for the whole of Ireland.

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