About Us

Oxford House is a charity established in 1884. We focus on bringing East Londoners together for culture, community and to celebrate our shared history.

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About Us

Oxford House was established in 1884 as the first ever ‘settlement house’. We were originally led by students and graduates from Keble College Oxford who came to live and work in Bethnal Green providing practical social action projects for local people. These students created youth clubs, the poor man’s lawyer service, adult education, labour exchanges, and cultural events, focused on tackling the effects of poverty in the East End. The spirit of this work remains central to our mission today. We are still based in our Grade II listed building and remains at the heart of the community in Bethnal Green, providing opportunities in the three areas:


We are a heritage and cultural centre. We have a thriving activity programme that uses our creative spaces including theatre, dance studio, gallery and chapel. We provide creative projects and opportunities for our diverse community.


We are a community space. We are home to our own café, affordable office and venue/hire space. Over 20 charitable organisations, social enterprises, and creative organisations are based at Oxford House.


We offer volunteering opportunities. We work to develop employability skills and learning. Whether you want to learn a new skill, or gain valuable work-related experience, we have the opportunity for you. Check back in spring 2021 when we will be posting new projects to take part in.