The Association of Lancastrians in London was founded in 1892 seeking to promote friendship and good cheer among Lancastrians living in and around London.
We are now the sole surviving County Association in London.
The tradition of our monarch being the Patron of our Association has been the case from at least as early as 1914. The annual dinner programme from that year gives our Patron as ‘His Majesty King George V, Duke of Lancaster’. Since that date at least the monarch, as Duke of Lancaster, has always been the Patron of our Association. Queen Elizabeth II was our patron until her death in September 2022. Royal Patronages for our new King and Duke of Lancaster are currently under review by The Royal Household.
We arrange events, usually at monthly intervals. These are wide ranging in their appeal and include visits to interesting places some of which are rarely if ever open to the public. In addition, we hold dinners, sometimes in one of the City’s famous Livery Halls. Thanks to the Duchy of Lancaster, we hold an Annual Summer Service and a Christmas Carol Service in the King’s Chapel of the Savoy. These are generally followed by dinner at a central venue.
The Association has over two hundred members and extends an invitation to those born in Lancashire (the old traditional County) or those who have close links with the County by residence, husbands, wives, partners, children – all are welcomed as members.