We would like to remind our members that all external events need to be booked in advance by using the booking form on the back page of London Lady. Confirmation and details of the event will be sent to you once we have received payment. Refund of cancelled external events is dependent on the cancellation policy of the companies with whom we work.
Member’s spouses and partners are always welcome to join us. Members can bring one guest per event at member’s price provided they register their guest’s name and pay for them at the time of booking. Later or additional bookings for guests will be charged at non members price.
AUTUMN/WINTER 2018 PROGRAMME
Wednesday 3rd October
Florian Leonhard Fine Violins
An exceptional opportunity to visit the actual workshop of Florian Leonhard, as described in the Telegraph as ‘The world’s leading expert’ in fine violins Florian Leonhard has dedicated his life to studying, restoring and making violins. Today he leads his own 12-strong team of restorers in London and runs offices out of London and New York. He is recognised as a leading authority on Cremonese and Italian violin making, and in this capacity, he has consulted and obtained instruments for many of the world’s leading soloists. After 34 years of continuous research and experimentation, Florian finally launched his own ‘True Copy’ instruments, which are now played in concert halls around the world. As a regular contributor to the ongoing research into violin making history, he recently published The Makers of Central Italy and is working on his next publication, focusing on the Tuscan Makers. Our visit will include a talk by Florian, a short recital by a student violinist comparing the difference between instruments and a visit to the fascinating workshops to see the work of restoration. A donation to a music charity is included. . A glass of wine will be served during the visit. 3pm to 4.45pm. Members £28 - Non Members £ 38
Monday 15th October
Sotheby’s SOLD OUT
Founded in 1744, Sotheby’s is the oldest and largest internationally recognised firm of fine Art auctioneers in the world. It has a global network of 80 offices and the company’s annual worldwide sales turnover is currently in excess of $4 billion. We are delighted to have been invited to a private viewing of Sotheby’s Diamond Salon. We will be introduced to the Diamond Salon by the Director of Sotheby's Diamonds, Alessandro Borruso who will talk about the World of Diamonds and explain why Diamonds are nowadays Boy’s and Girl’s best friend. The salon, which is located just inside the entrance at Sotheby's New Bond Street, presents High Jewellery, unique and exceptional creations. The underlying inspiration of Art in the jewellery designs is symbolised by the continuous presence of an original artwork in the salon. We will then go on to see the current exhibition where a specialist from the department will give a short tour of the exhibition and highlight the outstanding exhibits. The tour will be followed by tea in Sotheby’s own restaurant. Meet at 2.15 pm. Members £30 - Non Members £45 Members who were on the waiting list for the previous visit will have priority as numbers are restricted. SOLD OUT
Wednesday 14th November
MOTOWN the Musical SOLD OUT
Join us at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre to discover the story behind the sound that moved the world. With just $800 borrowed from his family, Berry Gordy founded Motown records and launched the careers of Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and many more. Featuring fifty classic Motown hits including “My Girl”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”, MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the West End sensation that has audiences “Dancing In The Street”. We are thrilled to be able to offer our members excellent seats in the stalls and a glass of champagne in the interval. The perfect way to start the Festive Season. Meet at 7.00 pm. Performance ends at 10.15pm. Members £50 - Non Members £65 SOLD OUT
Tuesday 27th November
The British Galleries and Period Rooms at the V & A
We have arranged a private specialist guided tour of the critically acclaimed V & A's stunning British Galleries which house the most comprehensive collection of British design and artworks in the world as well as period furnished rooms. The British Galleries display the changes in design and lifestyle over 300 years from the Tudor monarchs to the end of Victoria's reign. We will meet for coffee before our tour. Meet 10.30am. Members £28 - Non members £35
Tuesday 4th December
Christmas Lunch NO MORE SPACES AVAILABLE
We are excited to be holding our Christmas lunch at Ella Canta (meaning: She sings) internationally-acclaimed Chef Martha Ortiz‘s new restaurant located at the InterContinental London Park Lane. Brought to life by the global interior architecture practice David Collins Studio, the stunning restaurant features references to Mexican design and culture. Martha Ortiz is one of South America’s luminary chefs and her award winning Mexico City restaurant is listed in the 50 top restaurants in South America. Join us for a pre lunch drink followed by an exciting two course lunch with turkey followed by pudding , coffee and petits fours. Meet at 12.30pm for a 1pm start. Members £55 - Non members £65 SOLD OUT
PREVIEW SPRING 2019 PROGRAMME
Tuesday 29th January
City of London Police Museum
The City of London Police has been responsible for policing the Square Mile since 1839. Over the course of more than 175 years, the force’s priorities have remained the same: keep the City safe. It is also the UK’s leading police force for fraud and economic crime. The purpose-built museum is a collaboration between the City of London Police and the City of London Corporation’s Guildhall Library. The Museum takes visitors on a unique journey, which includes the last hours of Catherine Eddowes, one of Jack the Ripper’s victims; bomb damage during the Blitz; being at the forefront of technology to counter terrorism and the current work against economic crime and cybercrime. Join us for a fascinating and exclusive guided visit followed by a two course lunch at the Anthologist, nearby. Meet at 11.30am . Members £42 - Non members £52
Monday 11th February Floral Fun at the Judith Blacklock Flower School. Established for nearly 20 years in the heart of Knightsbridge, the Judith Blacklock Flower School is widely acclaimed as the UK’s most renowned institute for excellence in floral design. Founder, Judith Blacklock is the author of 16 bestselling books, she regularly appears on television and teaches at global floristry events, including the Chelsea Flower Show. Join us for refreshments followed by a demonstration of seasonal floral designs, including a hand tied bouquet and try your hand at making a charming posy to take home. 10.30am to 12.30 - Members £60 - Non Members £70
Tuesday 26th February - The Old Operating Theatre.
The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret is one of the oldest surviving operating theatres. Located in the garret of St Thomas's Church, Southwark, on the original site of St Thomas' Hospital, the attic of this English Baroque church was used as a Herb Garret, and later on converted into an Operating Theatre in the 19th century. Operating theatre were introduced in the 18th century and were located on the top floor to ensure they received the maximum benefit of daylight Access to the Old Operating Theatre is through a narrow 52-step spiral staircase although there is a small lift. Join us for a fascinating private visit of Europe’s oldest surviving operating theatre. Followed by a two course lunch at the nearby George Inn. This National Trust-owned coaching inn is one of London’s oldest pubs, famous for being the only still-standing galleried coaching inn in London. Meet at 10.15 am. Members £ 40- Non Members £50
Thursday 14th March - The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office
The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office in London (also known as Assay Office London or the London Assay Office) is the oldest assay office in the United Kingdom. The company has provided hallmarking services since The Goldsmiths’ Company was founded in the 14th century. The company received its royal charter in 1327 and ranks 5th in order of precedence of the 12 Great Livery Companies of the City of London. Join us for this exclusive private tour of the Assay Office and the magnificent Goldsmith’s Hall in the heart of the City of London. Meet at 11.00am for coffee before our visit.
Members £45 -Non Members £ 55
We will book a Club table at a nearby Manicomio Restaurant for an optional lunch after our visit to the Assay Office. Please let us know if you would like to join us so that we can book the table. Lunch will be billed individually by the restaurant on the day.
We would like to remind our members that all external events need to be booked in advance by using the booking form in the centre page of London Lady. Confirmation and details of the event will be sent to you once we have received payment.