Originally designed as a suite of townhouses by Joseph Kay in the early 19th century, the buildings now occupied by The Goodenough on Mecklenburgh Square were used as a nursing home during the Second World War. After an extensive renovation to provide guest and visitor accommodation, the buildings were re-opened as the Goodenough Club in 2001, before being renamed The Goodenough on Mecklenburgh Square in 2018.
The College itself has a fascinating history. It was established in 1931 by Frederick Craufurd Goodenough (1866-1934), Chairman of Barclays Bank, to provide a community for students from what were then referred to as the “British Dominions”. Today, Goodenough College is an international institution, offering single student and family accommodation and an extensive extra-curricular programme of conferences, lectures and social activities. It is also an attractive venue for professional conferences and cultural events.