Torquay House Mezzanine

75th Anniversary Celebrated with Torquay Opening

LHA London Celebrates 75 years Of Providing Accommodation with the Formal Opening of Torquay House – London W2

The Charity announces new Accommodation for Students & Young Working People

LHA London, a Charity that offers affordable accommodation in Central London to students and young working people, announced the formal opening of it’s newest development last week. The new 13 storey building on Torquay Street consists of studios, single rooms, 2 gardens including a roof top garden and a Gym. It marks the most recent project in the company’s objective to provide affordable living in Central London.

The event was a chance for everyone to look back on and celebrate the years of contribution, expertise and sacrifice that enable LHA to keep providing affordable accommodation in central London.


Of the opening of Torquay House and the celebration of 75 years, LHA London CEO Tony Perkins said “LHA is proud to continue the provision of flexible accommodation in the heart of London. We now provide substantial bed numbers in safe and secure locations across London. A diverse range of room formats from studios to dormitory style, catered to self-catered maintains optimum choice. LHA has a strategic plan to further increase its portfolio, giving additional opportunities to young people in Central London.”

Storyboards were created to bring together the landmark moments in the history of LHA London and are to remain visible to residents on the mezzanine floor of Torquay House.

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The first hostel was opened by Miss Churchill in 1941, created to give shelter to those made homeless by the Blitz. Since then LHA London went from housing 700 people across 33 hostels to strengthening the quality and size of their resource; accommodating almost 2,000 residents across 13 sites. With the end of the war the number of hostels was gradually reduced. Today, the majority of LHA London’s residents are young people studying or working in London, and live with LHA either to undertake educational courses, or if working, to give themselves time to familiarise themselves with London, to make friends and to decide whether or not to make more private and long term arrangements for housing.

Trustees, former staff and friends of LHA London attended to celebrate the event, including Mr. Pineless (above-right) who was handed a token of appreciation from Tony Perkins (CEO) after years as acting landlord for ‘Regina House’.

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After speeches from Tony Perkins and Peter Harris, the building was officially opened by Reverend Canon Alan Deboo, who thanked all the staff, volunteers and partners in their efforts to make the entire project possible.


Following the formal opening, guests were invited to guided tours around the building, followed by a buffet lunch and an opportunity to exchange memories of their association with LHA London.

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