In the United Kingdom, there have been a plethora of scholarly investigations into community participation in urban regeneration programs. The outputs from such studies have shed theoretical and empirical light on the structure, process, nature, and extent of community participation in urban regeneration partnerships. However there has been little discussion within the urban policy literature about methodological issues surrounding the study of community participation. Specifically, there has been no analysis of the process of securing access to, within, and through urban regeneration partnerships. This article sheds some light on the process of securing access by looking at the author's experiences of trying to negotiate access into three ethnically diverse neighborhoods in London to study the nature of community participation and power and the significance of race within urban regeneration partnerships. The author shows that negotiating access can be a lengthy and complex process as it involves developing relationships and earning the trust of a wide array of informants via asserting a portfolio of identities.