Welcome to
George Street,
Edinburgh

Welcome to
George Street,
Edinburgh

Welcome to
George Street,
Edinburgh

Welcome to
George Street,
Edinburgh

About us

The George Street Association

George Street is the principal street of Edinburgh’s First New Town which started construction in the 1770s and remains the most prestigious street in the city.

The George Street Association (GSA) was established in 1952 to promote, protect and maintain the interests of those businesses and institutions which occupy premises in George Street and the interconnecting streets of Castle, Frederick and Hanover.

George Street in 2022 has a vastly diverse mix, from places of worship to small offices to flagship headquarters, and from small boutiques to grand hotels. The GSA exists to make sure that the interests of all are heard and represented whenever change is afoot.

We believe in working collaboratively with other organisations and we therefore interact on a regular basis with Edinburgh City Council, Essential Edinburgh, the Cockburn Association, and many others. We maintain close links with all relevant parties to ensure that George Street’s interests receive their care and attention, especially through current proposed developments like the George Street and First New Town Transformation.

Get involved!

The GSA meets regularly and members are welcome to all our meetings to participate or observe. Our AGM is usually held in November and notable figures relevant to George Street’s future are invited to speak. Although social and networking events have taken a backseat due to coronavirus we will be restarting these in 2022 and they will represent a great opportunity to catch up with the lowdown on the street.

You can join the GSA through our website or by dropping us a message.

BE PART OF THE BIGGER PICTURE

“The GSA is open to anyone who trades on George Street or its side-streets”

GSA Members

Assembly Rooms

The Assembly Rooms is a stunning A Listed multi-purpose, unique venue located right in the centre of George Street, hosting a range of events including conferences, dinners,...

Contini

A vibrant, buzzy, award winning Italian family run restaurant in one of Edinburgh’s most beautiful rooms. This former banking hall is modelled on a Florentine Palazzo and...

Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce

The Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce is an independent membership organisation which supports the business community in our capital to prosper, grow and achieve success....

ESPC

ESPC has been advertising local homes for sale for the last 50 years. We are the first choice property marketing channel in Edinburgh. espc.com

Essential Edinburgh

Essential Edinburgh is the Business Improvement District for Edinburgh city centre. Working for their levy-payers, they ensure Edinburgh city centre excels as a place for...

Fazenda

Fazenda Bar & Grill is a South American rodizio restaurant based on the popular district of George Street. As home of the authentic gaúcho experience guests who dine at...

Hadeel

Hadeel, a non-profit Fairtrade shop aims to support for Palestinian craftspeople, artisans, women groups and farmers selling olive oil, dates, soap, jewellery and beautiful...

Hamilton & Inches

Hamilton & Inches has been Edinburgh’s destination for jewellery, watches and hand-crafted silver since 1866. Their workshops are home to jewellers, silversmiths and...

Hanover Healthfoods

Established in 1904 we are one of Edinburgh’s oldest independent businesses. We specialise in good, honest, expert advice on our range of 2500 natural and healthy...

Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe is a global phenomenon with 185 cafes that are visited by nearly 80 million guests each year. The first Hard Rock Cafe opened on June 14, 1971, in London,...

Intercontinental Edinburgh

A grand hotel since 1881, a collection of five Georgian townhouses make up the InterContinental Edinburgh The George. Their loyal guests are inspired by their enchanting...

Kimpton Charlotte Square

Residing in the heart of Edinburgh, Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel provides unmatched hospitality to leisure and business travellers alike. Their Georgian exterior stands as...

Ridland Wealth

Ridland Wealth is a Financial Planning Practice. We provide financial advice, guiding you, your family, or your business through the maze, to plan for your financial future....

ROX – Diamonds & Thrills

ROX – Diamonds & Thrills is an award-winning British luxury jeweller that offers a truly extra-ordinary shopping experience. Official stockists for Hublot....

Royal Bank of Scotland

Royal Bank of Scotland is part of the largest business and commercial bank in the UK, with a leading personal banking business. We are the biggest supporter of the business...

Royal Society of Edinburgh

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), Scotland’s National Academy was established in 1783 for “the advancement of learning and useful knowledge”. Working to inspire, engage,...

The Grand Lodge of Scotland

The Grand Lodge of Scotland is the governing body of Freemasonry in Scotland, including the Lodges and Districts which operate under its jurisdiction overseas. Freemasons’...

The Northern Lighthouse Board

The Northern Lighthouse Board has provided a vital safety service to mariners since 1786 and is responsible for the superintendence and management of all lights, buoys and...

Xile

Xile Clothing is Scotland's premium menswear retailer with locations throughout Scotlands Central Belt. First opening in 1984, Xile has become a key destination in the...

Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe is a global phenomenon with 185 cafes that are visited by nearly 80 million guests each year. The first Hard Rock Cafe opened on June 14, 1971, in London,...

Royal Bank of Scotland

Royal Bank of Scotland

Royal Bank of Scotland is part of the largest business and commercial bank in the UK, with a leading personal banking business. We are the biggest supporter of the business...

Hadeel

Hadeel

Hadeel, a non-profit Fairtrade shop aims to support for Palestinian craftspeople, artisans, women groups and farmers selling olive oil, dates, soap, jewellery and beautiful...

ESPC

ESPC

ESPC has been advertising local homes for sale for the last 50 years. We are the first choice property marketing channel in Edinburgh. espc.com

Ridland Wealth

Ridland Wealth

Ridland Wealth is a Financial Planning Practice. We provide financial advice, guiding you, your family, or your business through the maze, to plan for your financial future....

Contini

Contini

A vibrant, buzzy, award winning Italian family run restaurant in one of Edinburgh’s most beautiful rooms. This former banking hall is modelled on a Florentine Palazzo and...

Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce

Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce

The Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce is an independent membership organisation which supports the business community in our capital to prosper, grow and achieve success....

Xile

Xile

Xile Clothing is Scotland's premium menswear retailer with locations throughout Scotlands Central Belt. First opening in 1984, Xile has become a key destination in the...

Assembly Rooms

Assembly Rooms

The Assembly Rooms is a stunning A Listed multi-purpose, unique venue located right in the centre of George Street, hosting a range of events including conferences, dinners,...

Fazenda

Fazenda

Fazenda Bar & Grill is a South American rodizio restaurant based on the popular district of George Street. As home of the authentic gaúcho experience guests who dine at...

Royal Society of Edinburgh

Royal Society of Edinburgh

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), Scotland’s National Academy was established in 1783 for “the advancement of learning and useful knowledge”. Working to inspire, engage,...

ROX – Diamonds & Thrills

ROX – Diamonds & Thrills

ROX – Diamonds & Thrills is an award-winning British luxury jeweller that offers a truly extra-ordinary shopping experience. Official stockists for Hublot....

Become a Member

There has never been a more important time to join your local George Street Association.

Why?

Edinburgh city centre and the businesses operating within the George Street area face an unprecedented level of threat to their success, including:
• Business recovery from COVID-19.
• A huge drop in overseas and UK visitors.
• City Council plans to redevelop George Street and Hanover Street.
• Further restrictions by the City Council over parking, loading and access for general traffic.

What is the George Street Association?

The GSA is open to anyone who trades on George Street or its side-streets. It includes the Assembly Rooms, hotels, restaurants, offices, churches, charities, banks and retailers. Our regular membership includes some of the best and brightest in Scotland and this allows us to punch above our weight. You will all be paying levies to Essential Edinburgh (EE) and they do important and critical work.

The GSA represents your specific area (at a low cost) and we can do or say things that EE sometimes can’t do so easily. We engage with local councillors, council officers and others on all the issues we believe we can influence.

You can join as an ordinary member (details below) and are welcome to attend our monthly meetings in order to get the inside track on what is happening on issues that concern you, from crime to deliveries to the redevelopment of George Street – which is looming large.

Membership sign-up

On checkout, you will be asked to provide your address and full contact details. If the billing address is different from the business address you can specify this on the checkout page.

How much?

Standard Membership
£100 per annum

Non-profit Membership
£25 per annum

News, features and events

The Bellavista Room at Contini

Located in the former vault of our iconic Georgian banking hall, the Bellavista Room at Contini George Street’s seats up to 16 guests. From casual brunch parties, birthday celebrations, hearty corporate lunches or discreet business meetings, our private dining room can cater for a…

Founding Story of Fazenda

Tomás Maunier, our Managing Director and Co-Founder, was born in Brazil to Argentinian parents. He lived there for 10 years before moving back to Argentina. Originally a lawyer by trade, Tomás then moved into the marketing world for many years, a path….

Founding Story of Fazenda

Founding Story of Fazenda

Tomás Maunier, our Managing Director and Co-Founder, was born in Brazil to Argentinian parents. He lived there for 10 years before moving back to Argentina. Originally a lawyer by trade, Tomás then moved into the marketing world for many years, a path….

Plans for George Street Redesign Progress

Plans for George Street Redesign Progress

Over a number of years, GSA has been representing the interests of our members on the proposed redesign of George Street and the implementation of an operational plan for the area. The City of Edinburgh Council is investing £32m, with £20million of this investment….

The Bellavista Room at Contini

The Bellavista Room at Contini

Located in the former vault of our iconic Georgian banking hall, the Bellavista Room at Contini George Street’s seats up to 16 guests. From casual brunch parties, birthday celebrations, hearty corporate lunches or discreet business meetings, our private dining room can cater for a…