Kent House is a five-storey Victorian townhouse, located on Knightsbridge, opposite Hyde Park and 500 yards from the Albert Hall. It houses both Westminster Synagogue and the Memorial Scrolls Trust. The Sanctuary, the spiritual heart of the Synagogue, occupies the former ballroom and music rooms on the first floor of one of the most remarkable historical buildings in contemporary London.
Downstairs on the ground floor can be found the Reinhart Library and the Friedlander Room, both of which provide further space for meditation, learning or communal gathering. Educational facilities on the lower ground floor areas of the building have ensured a new vibrancy for the Synagogue, as generations of children and young adults become part of the regenerated Westminster Synagogue story.
The building has undergone a complete refurbishment in the past ten years and rivals many dedicated venues in central London. Our aim is to continue expanding our educational and cultural facilities to reflect the unique status and heritage of one of Jewish London’s hidden treasures.
If you are interested in learning more about the history of the Synagogue, you may wish to purchase a copy of “The History of the Westminster Synagogue" by Philippa Bernard, or a photographic memories book of the community, "Westminster Synagogue. The first 50 years" by Evelyn Friedlander. Both are available from the Synagogue office at £20, plus p&p or to pay by credit card click here.
If you are interested to know more, here is a detailed History of Kent House and its previous owners.