ABOUT US

Friends House is run by Quiet Company, the fully owned trading subsidiary of Quakers in Britain. It was formed in 2007 and is responsible for managing the facilities and property services at Friends House. Our staff look after the meeting rooms, the Quaker Centre Bookshop and Café and the Seed Kitchen restaurant.

Our Ethos

We believe that to be a successful business we need to focus on the 3 Ps: People, Planet and Profit. The profit we make should not impact negatively the people we work with or the planet we live on. This is why we have made commitments to the environment, our community, our customers, our staff and suppliers. As a recognised Living Wage employer, we pay our staff above the London Living Wage. We are also involved in the local community and are a member of the Camden Climate Change Alliance.

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History

Friends House is a Grade II listed building, completed in spring 1927, for which the architect, Hubert Lidbetter, won the RIBA bronze medal for “best building erected in London”. The design included a large auditorium, known as the Large Meeting House, a library, garden and courtyard. Friends House is home to the central offices of Quakers in Britain. The building has been completely refurbished to be a modern, accessible events venue. The Large Meeting House was relaunched as The Light in 2014.

New Vision

Britain Yearly Meeting Trustees have defined the new vision for Friends House as follows (Britain Yearly Meeting is the charitable organisation which supports and works on behalf of all Quakers in Britain).
For Friends House to be a place of Quaker worship, the national home of Quakers in Britain and a uniquely attractive and sustainable venue for all who meet, worship and work here.

Our Aims are for Friends House to be recognised as:

  • The principal venue to host Yearly Meeting and other meetings of the national Quaker church (Quakers in Britain);
  • An active spiritual home for Quakers worldwide;
  • An inviting and accessible venue for Quakers and others to meet, work, build community and explore their faith and action to challenge peaceably what they think is wrong in the world;
  • A showcase for Quakers past and present, bearing witness to the Quaker testimonies to peace, equality, truth and simplicity;
  • An exemplar of Quaker business operations, generating profit whilst acting with integrity, always respecting people and the planet.

Friends House (London) Hospitality Ltd. t/a Quiet Company is wholly owned by Britain Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and is registered in England and Wales. Britain Yearly Meeting is the charitable organisation which supports and works on behalf of all Quakers in Britain.

Company number: 06204129.
Registered office: 173 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ.
Registered charity number: 1127633

Get in Touch

Can't find what you are looking for?
No worries our team at Friends House is always here to help.

Events team on 020 7663 1100 or events@quaker.org.uk

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