The Friends of Warsaw Society is a grassroots initiative that brings together people who want to work in the interest of the capital and its residents. The Society was founded by eminent historians, including Stanisław Lorentz, Stanisław Herbst, Juliusz Wiktor Gomulicki, and Janusz Durko.
Although the society was only established in 1963, it continued the pre-war traditions of similar societies operating in various districts of Warsaw. After Poland regained its independence, such societies represented districts in discussions on such issues as the development of municipal investments.
After the war, the Society had over a dozen local branches focused mainly on the dissemination of knowledge about the history and present life in the capital. Today, the Society operates as a public benefit organization, organizing guided walking tours of Warsaw and various other educational activities.