Mayor of London Africa Centre Grant

The Africa Centre Secures £1.6m Grant From Mayor of London Fund

The Africa Centre is extremely proud to announce that as part of London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s £70m Good Growth Fund, our funding application for the further development of The Africa Centre has been successful in securing a grant of up to £1.6 million

The Africa Centre Plan

Since moving from our historic home in Covent Garden to our new base in Southwark, we recognise our rich and important legacy and are committed to continuing to play a vital role for London’s diverse communities. From official inception in 1964 to now, The Africa Centre has played an integral role as a focal point for African foreign affairs, culture, and intellectual development. Our vision is of a contemporary 21st century Africa – vibrant, global and firmly seated at the table.

The successful development of Gunpowder House on Great Suffolk Street SE1, is a unique chance to create a powerful legacy for the African and Diaspora community and for all those interested in African and Diaspora culture and heritage.


We will have an Africa Centre fit for the 21st century and a new home to meet the needs and aspirations of the next 50 years.

“We’re absolutely thrilled at the news. This comes at a very pivotal time in The Africa Centre’s development. Our new home in Southwark is located in the third largest inner-London borough, which is also home to the largest black population in London. It is vital for the BME community to have access to places that create a sense of belonging and the revitalised Africa Centre will represent just that for many”.

The Africa Centre’s Director, Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp CBE


The transformation of Gunpowder House will provide:

            • a ground floor Café, Kitchen, Event-Space and outside terrace
            • a 1st floor Bar/Event-Space and terrace
            • a 2nd floor Gallery/Event-Space
            • a 3rd floor Learning & Research Centre
            • 4th floor Meeting Rooms & Business Suite


This will complement the existing use of two railway arches:

Arch 28 – Africa Centre Offices, Colourful Radio, Hub for Entrepreneurs

Arch 29 – Event and performance space

“This is a great example of a project which aims to give Londoners of all backgrounds the opportunity to be actively involved in shaping how their city develops. The Mayor and I are committed to supporting ‘good growth’ by building a city where all Londoners have access to the same opportunities and I look forward to seeing the positive impact this project has in the future”.

Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe

COVID-19 - A Message from The Africa Centre

In view of the current situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to ensure the safety of the public and staff at The Africa Centre, our offices will be closed until further notice. 

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