About us

A vibrant community and conference centre in Westminster

The Abbey Community Association Limited is a charity established in 1948 to support the communities of south Westminster to improve their quality of life. The south of Westminster is characterised by households living in concentrated areas of acute deprivation in close proximity to some of the wealthiest households in the UK. This diversity presents unique challenges for our communities, expressed in perceptions of low community cohesion and access to affordable food, services and housing.

We work in partnership with organisations that share our ethics, values and passion for social justice to promote improved health and wellbeing for vulnerable local residents and families, and to increase inter-community and generational understanding and connections.

Located in the heart of historic Westminster, the charity has been based in the Abbey Centre since 1991, managing it as a vibrant community hub buzzing with diverse activities and services.

The centre’s five-storey building was converted from a former Victorian swimming baths and is now managed as a social enterprise, providing conference and meeting rooms for hire, with a friendly in-house cafe and catering service to generate funds to support our charitable work.

The charity has a unique role in south Westminster as a comprehensive service provider and community facilitator. There is no comparable local organisation providing such a diverse range of services in the area.

We support local community action through provision of facilities, development and promotion of activities, sharing of information and provision of networking opportunities to local groups and organisations.

Our vision

Healthy and cohesive communities in south Westminster.

Our mission

Bring together local people and organisations to address community needs in south Westminster.

What we do

Conference rooms

Conference rooms

Book one of our Covid-secure, comfortable and affordable meeting rooms.

Community work

Community work

We offer a wide range of activities to help address the needs of local people.

Wash House Cafe

The Wash House Cafe

Our spacious and comfortable cafe is the perfect place for a meal or a coffee break.

Get involved


Fundraise for the Abbey Centre and support our vital work with the local community.

The Abbey Centre volunteer


Give some of your time to a good cause, while you gain new skills and meet new people!

Become a member

Become a member and get access to certain members-only classes and special events.