HQS Wellington and the Wellington Trust

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HQS Wellington, Temple Stairs, Victoria Embankment,

Launched in 1934, the HQS Wellington is the last surviving member of the Royal Navy's Grimsby class of sloops. After 4 years of duty in the South Pacific, the ship served with distinction in the Second World War. As well evacuating troops from Le Havre during 'Operation Cycle' in 1940 and taking part in the Allied landings in North Africa in 1942, 'Operation Torch', the then HMS Wellington steamed some 240,000 miles on 103 convoy escort operations during the Battle of the Atlantic. Lasting from 1939 to 1945, this was the longest continuous campaign of the War. On convoy duty, the ship rescued more than 450 Merchant Navy seamen and shared the credit for sinking a U-boat. The Wellington has been moored on the Thames since 1948 as the home of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, a City of London Livery Company. A museum and library in addition, the ship is also a unique conference, wedding and dining venue. Tours of the library and museum are available on request and provided by highly knowledgeable Master Mariners. HQS Wellington is on the National Historic Ships UK register.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Heritage Evening lectures take place monthly at 18:30 during September to March inclusive. Wardroom bar opens at 17:45.


Heritage Evening lecture donation is £5/person. Lecture is followed by optional supper: two courses + glass of wine for £32/person or £27 for a Friend of the Wellington Trust. Includes lecture donation in each case. Membership subscriptions of the Friends start at £50 pa. Booking is required for both lecture and supper if taken. Please contact the Business Manager on (020) 7836 8179 or info@thewellingtontrust.com For 'A Master Class with Ossie Jones: Marine Art Displayed' on 9th November, a buffet supper at 1830 will precede the master class: £32/person or £27 for a Friend of the Wellington Trust. Membership subscriptions of the Friends start at £50 pa. Booking for the combined master class and supper is required. Please contact the Business Manager on (020) 7836 8179 or info@thewellingtontrust.com

Travel directions:

Underground: Temple station (Circle or District line) does not have step-free access. Bus: use any of these services to Aldwych for the Victoria Embankment:- 4 Archway station - Waterloo station/Waterloo Road 6 Bertie Road - Aldwych/Drury Lane 9 Hammersmith Bus Station - Aldwych/Somerset House 11 Fulham Town Hall - Great Winchester Street 15 Blackwall Station - Charing Cross station 23 Great Western Road - Aldwych/Drury Lane 26 St Mary of Eton Church - Waterloo station/Waterloo Road 76 Tottenham Hale Bus Station - Lower Marsh 87 Wandsworth Plain - Aldwych/Drury Lane 91 Tottenham Lane YMCA - Whitehall/Trafalgar Square 172 Brockley Rise/Chandos - Clerkenwell Road 243 Redvers Road - Waterloo station/Mepham Street 341 Glover Drive/Ikea - County Hall 521 London Bridge station -Waterloo station/Mepham Street DLR: nearest station is Bank. National Rail: Blackfriars, Charing Cross or Waterloo station London River Services: Blackfriars or Embankment pier. Cycle Superhighway CS3 from Tower Hill along the Victoria Embankment to Lancaster Gate passes the HQS Wellington

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Library
  • Conference facilities available
  • Meeting room available


  • General guide to collections available
  • Guided tours
  • Licensed for weddings
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Primary school education service available
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Membership and/or Friends scheme offered

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