What we do

London Gypsies and Travellers (formerly the London Gypsy and Traveller Unit) is an organisation which challenges social exclusion and discrimination, working for change in partnership with Gypsies and Travellers. We work with the community and a range of trusted partners to contribute to the development of local, regional and national policy.

Why we're needed

There are around 30,000 Gypsies and Travellers in London. Their cultures and traditions have developed through a nomadic way of life over centuries. Some Gypsies and Travellers still travel in the summer, but lack of sites and draconian eviction powers make it difficult for many to go on the road now.

Gypsies and Travellers are recognised under law as ethnic groups. But prejudice and discrimination continues to affect their access to services, jobs and accommodation. Negative media coverage increases people’s feelings of marginalisation and alienation.

We work in partnership with people from these communities to bring change.


The oldest show on the road

Artist, filmmaker and poet Damian Le Bas, who comes from a Gypsy family, tells the historical story of Gypsies and Travellers – from Byzantium to fear-fuelled newspaper headlines.

London Mayoral Election 2016

Gypsies and Travellers talk about the issues that need to be addressed in the capital.