How It All Started
The International Friendship League was founded in 1931 at Peacehaven in Sussex by
Noel Ede, to provide friendship, understanding and service for all nationalities following
the conflict in World War One. As a result many branches throughout the UK and Europe
were set up.
In 1950 the IFL decided to buy a property in West London to
provide inexpensive accommodation for visitors of all
nationalities. As a voluntary organisation the IFL could not take
out a mortgage so a limited company was set up, called
Friendship Centres Ltd. The property was named Peace Haven,
after the home of the founder. Many IFL members at home and
abroad spent many years of hard work making the building
habitable and fund raising to equip the house and to pay off the
mortgage and the Centre was very successful for many years.
Sadly it was the increase in Government regulations with regard to
the running of guest houses which prompted the reluctant decision to sell.
The Centre closed at the end of November 2006.
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