"There is no other country in the world, besides my own, whose way of life I like so much. I love English traditions, English politeness, English architecture. I even love English cooking." Christian Dior

The extraordinary “Dior Designer of Dreams” exhibition opened at the V&A and so it was fitting that our first Tuesday Talk of the Spring programme should be a talk on Christian Dior by Anne Haworth, who regularly lectures at the V&A.  Her excellent talk was followed by a delicious a buffet lunch at the Rag. We were delighted to welcome Anna Raeburn for her talk “Adventures in Medialand” and you can read all about this in Anna’s blog  -  Annalog   Thank you Anna, we loved having you.  


We welcomed Hugo Vickers who came to speak to us in the elegant surroundings of the Library at the University Women’s Club about James Pope Hennessy’s Quest for Queen Mary, grandmother of our present Queen.  Well known biographer, lecturer and biographer, Mr Vickers gave a brilliant account of some of the eccentric and fascinating people  James Pope-Hennessy met on his Quest for Queen Mary.  

The talks at the Rag continued with Lead Audiologist at the BUPA Cromwell Hospital, Scott Drummond, who spoke about the future of hearing and all the technological advances which have been made in the past few years, Judge Oliver Sells QC spoke about his life at the Old Bailey and Angie Butler spoke  movingly of her Quest for Frank Wild, a fascinating account of how she found the ashes of Frank Wild  and how they are now interred on the right-hand side of Shackelton’s grave site in Grytviken, South Georgia. The talks programme ended with Alessandro Borruso, deputy Director of Sotheby’s Diamonds Europe speaking about his favourite subject… Diamonds!

The month of June saw the London Ladies Club celebrate 25 years with our anniversary tea at the Bluebird Chelsea, we were delighted to welcome some special guests speakers from the past 25 years, including Svetlana Lloyd former model for Christian Dior, Peter York, author of the Sloane Ranger’s Handbook and Caroline Archer brand ambassador of Liz Earle.  One of our earliest events was a visit to the Royal Opera House in December 1995 and so it was fitting  that we returned this summer to see how things had changed after the £50 million remodelling of this iconic building.  Before the summer break, we enjoyed a leisurely river trip from Westminster to Richmond and lunch at Gaucho overlooking the river, a perfect way to put us in the mood for the holidays !


Spring 2019


The New Year saw us visiting the City of London’s Police Museum. Over the course of more than 175 years, the force’s priorities have remained the same: keep the City safe. Today , the City  of London Police is the UK’s leading police force for fraud and economic crime.  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 a fascinating visit was followed by lunch at the nearby George Inn. Built in 1677, 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. February, also saw the London Ladies Club return to the Judith Blacklock Flower School for a delightful demonstration by Judith on how to arrange Spring Flowers. As part of our 25th Anniversary programme, we are returning to some of our favourite past events and as Judith had originally welcomed the London Ladies Club to her Flower School 10 years ago, it was a particularly enjoyable morning. The Ladies all left the Flower School with a charming posy. Thank you Judith. In March, we visited The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office in London which 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.


As always, we are grateful to the Army & Navy Club for hosting our talks on Tuesday mornings and the Spring programme saw us welcome a variety of Speakers, Tyler Butterworth, who so movingly spoke about his parents, Janet Brown and Peter Butterworth, best known for his appearances in the Carry On series of films. The Lord Ramsbotham GCB CBE who was Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons (1995 to 2001)discussed  the social and financial cost of not getting our prisons system right. Gill Perkins, CEO for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, shared her passion for bumblebees and their protection. Gill gave an inspiring and entertaining talk on these special insects  and explained why their numbers have so sharply declined in recent years with two species becoming extinct and what can be done to help reverse their decline, including planting bumblebee friendly plants in our garden and window boxes. Kristina Sanne gave us an insight into Islamic and Iznik Art and for our final talk before the Easter break, we welcomed back Alison Van de Lande who had given a talk about 10 years ago.

A big thank you to all our wonderful speakers.



The Beast from the East left us in time for Easter and we were delighted to begin our Summer programme of  Tuesday Talks at the Army & Navy Club with a fascinating talk by Peter York, author of the  famous “Official Sloane Ranger Handbook” (1982). Peter was interviewed by journalist Alfred Tong and shared with us his social observations through the ages ; From  Sloane Rangers to Hipsters and beyond. Baroness Gillian Shephard spoke about her memories of the real Iron Lady. We were delighted to welcome Richard Shuttleworth who told us about his time flying in Arabia with the Royal Oman Police. British costume designer Tom Rand, came to speak about some of the extraordinary actresses he has been lucky to have worked with, in particular, Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Angela Lansbury, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Dame Penelope Wilton, Vivien Leigh, Faye Dunaway and Meryl Streep. In June we welcomed Michael Jay, the only living non-Japanese person to hold a samurai rank and Katie Flitcroft spoke about Silver in the Treasure Houses of Britain.


Our External visits included going to The Fine Art Society in Bond Street, London’s oldest commercial Art Gallery. During Chelsea Flower Show week, we had the privilege of visiting the magnificent garden Squares of Belgravia, a visit led by Timothy Jones, Associate Director of Grosvenor’s London Estate. We also travelled to West Sussex to see the Fishbourne Roman Palace and we were guided through the Fulham Palace by Miranda Poliakoff, Museum Curator of  the Fulham Palace. Our  Summer programme concluded with an exclusive personal tour of the Old Bailey led by Aldermanic Sheriff Tim Hailes JP who told us about the fascinating history of the Court and some of the most interesting trials. We would like to thank everyone involved in the Summer programme for their contributions in making all these events, talks and visits such a success.


Autumn 2017


Our return from the Summer break started with a visit to The Charterhouse.  Following  the visit earlier this year, of HM The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh who had also visited this magnificent  set of historic buildings, which over time have served as a monastery, school and today a museum. In October, members of the London Ladies Club were invited to the Jonathan Cooper Gallery in Chelsea, where they met botanical artist Rosie Sanders, who discussed the techniques and inspirations in her latest works over a glass of wine. Always innovative and painting to a hugely magnified scale, her dramatic watercolours challenge the boundaries and perceptions of contemporary botanical art.


Hosted by Annoushka Ducas MBE and Design Director Liz Olver, we were invited to an exclusive behind the scenes evening. Inspired by her extensive travels and fuelled by a collector’s passion for the exotic and unique, Annoushka’s eponymous jewellery collection is the culmination of a lifetime’s obsession with the timeless romance and sensual magic of jewels. In 1990, she and her husband entrepreneur, John Ayton started Links of London  which they sold in 2006. Her loyal supporters include HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, Rihanna and Gwyneth Paltrow to name a few.

As always our programme of Tuesday Talks at the Army & Navy Club, was varied, exciting and interesting. Pamela Tinker, who practises the art of therapeutic aromatherapy gave an interactive and illustrated talk, about the therapeutic uses of lavender in Aromatherapy and Phytotherapy. Pamela holds her clinics at the award-winning Richard Ward Hair & Metrospa near Sloane Square. Dr D O’Flynn a London based GP who has a special interest in fasting and its role in health and illness spoke about the science behind fasting. In October, we welcomed Lynne Sanders, founder of bespoke British beauty brand Cosmetics à la Carte, and senior make-up artist, Laura Shepherd. Their talk  focused on natural beauty and how to achieve ‘barely-there’ make-up,  the Ladies left with a fabulous goody bag of samples to try at home. Martin Lutyens, Sir Edwin’s Great Nephew and Chairman of The Lutyens Trust UK,  spoke about the evolution of the great architect’s work and how his style matured and evolved, culminating in the building, over almost 20 years, of New Delhi. In November, His Honour Judge John Anderson who served as a Circuit Judge,  spoke on Criminal Trials in the Crown Court – how they work, procedures, evidence, examination and cross examination of witnesses and sentencing. The programme of Talks conclude with Nick Gray is a writer, producer and director who has worked in television for over 40 years and the original deviser and producer of the hospital series Jimmy’s. His programmes, made for the BBC, ITV, Channels Four and Five, National Geographic and the Discovery Channel, have won many international awards including BAFTA and International EMMY nominations.  His book, Escape from Tibet, is based on the true story of two brothers' journey from Tibet in the mid-1990s and was first made into an acclaimed documentary. A riveting tale of courage, adventure, and triumph. A foreword to the book by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and an introduction provide historical context. 

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For our Musical Soiree in November, we had secured the expertise of Mark Austin, a British opera conductor with a reputation for brilliant musicianship and insightful programming who led an engaging evening of music, ideas and entertainment, held in the impressive Lloyd George Room at the National Liberal Club. With a talent and passion for communicating with audiences. Mark explored how to listen to music and opera with greater understanding and enjoyment, illustrated at the piano and with excerpts performed by baritone Ed Ballard. The evening featured some of the greatest songs and arias by Purcell, Handel, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Massenet and Verdi amongst others and was a huge success. 


The London Ladies Club Autumn programme concluded with our annual Christmas lunch, held at the Army & Navy Club in Pall Mall. We were thrilled to welcome as our guest of Honour, The Rt Hon. Jacob Rees-Mogg, MP who is Member of Parliament for North East Somerset. He has held a number of posts on Select and Scrutiny committees and also runs his own company specialising in investment management for institutional clients.  As with all our events this past Autumn, our Christmas lunch was very well attended and we are extremely grateful to our members for their continued support and enthusiasm.

Summer 2017


Our summer programme started after Easter with a visit to Hughenden Manor, home of Queen Victoria’s favourite Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli.  The month of May was a busy one for the London Ladies with a tea hosted by Lyon & Turnbull Auctioneers to coincide with their sale of “Select Jewellery, Watches and Ladies’ Accessories” and a visit to the Style Doctors in Westfield for helpful advice on how to dress for your shape and colouring and the information we need to hit the shops ! We also visited George Frideric Handel ’s house and Jimmy Hendrix’s flat followed by tea in the elegant Bond Street Kitchen.  As part of our Tuesday Talks programme we were delighted to welcome Dr Bernard Pendergast who gave us some insight into common symptoms and misconceptions on how the heart works in health and disease, Captain Richard Shuttleworth who for over 20 years flew London’s Air Ambulance and Andrew Lownie, author of Guy Burgess, Stalin’s Englishman. Our Summer programme concluded with a visit to Greenwich to see the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College which is under going a major conservation project. Climbing to a special observation deck, the ladies had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the drama of this vast masterpiece up close.


A busy start to the year for the members of the London Ladies Club. In January we were delighted to welcome the Rt Hon Lord Ashdown of Norton- sub-Hamdon GCMG KBE PC who spoke about his latest book “Game of Spies”. The Talk was followed by a buffet dinner at the Rag. In February, we visited the house Benjamin Franklin lived in for nearly sixteen years. We experienced a sense of the complexity of the man and the times in which he lived: food, health, botany, and daily living,  social and personal relationships, musical inventions and political tension,  scientific work, political triumphs and woes, and a hurried return to America in the face of the looming War of Independence. March, saw the London Ladies visit the British Library, the national library of the United Kingdom and the largest library in the world by number of items catalogued. We also visited the Guildhall Art Gallery, established in 1886 as a Collection of Art Treasures worthy of the Capital City, the Guildhall Art Gallery houses works dating from 1670 to the present, including 17th-century portraits, Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces and a range of paintings documenting London's dramatic history. This visit was followed by lunch in Gresham Street. Our programme of Tuesday Talks at the Army & Navy Club continued throughout the programme and we were pleased to welcome, Dr Simon Anderson from The Lister Hospital Chelsea, who spoke on common gastroenterology problems, The Country Gentlemen's AssociationStanley Martin CVO, spoke about the links between the German and the British Royal families, Dr Ling Zhu, from Lyon & Turnbull came to speak about Classical, modern and Contemporary Chinese painting and finally in April , we welcomed  Sir Francis Richards, KCMG who was Britain's first High Commissioner to Namibia 1990-2. Appointed Deputy Under Secretary of State for defence and intelligence in the FCO 1998, and Director of GCHQ later that year. On retirement from GCHQ he was appointed Governor and Commander in Chief of Gibraltar 2003-6. Sir Francis was Chairman of the Bletchley Park Trust from 2007-12, and of the Imperial War Museum 2012-16. 

Autumn 2016

On Friday 9th September, we were delighted to welcome The Rt, Rev & Rt. Hon. Baron Rowan Williams of Oystermouth who had kindly agreed to speak to the London Ladies Club at the Army & Navy Club. His amusing and erudite talk entitled "Tragedy, Comedy and Theology" included many anecdotes about his time as Archbishop. Another event in September was the visit to Draper's Hall, one of the City's most impressive Livery Halls followed by a delicious lunch at nearby Brasserie Blanc.

 In October, we had the privilege of an exclusive visit of Crosby Hall.  Dr Christopher Moran, owner of Crosby Hall, opened the doors of his Chelsea home to  members of The London Ladies Club. The Hall has been described as the most important surviving secular domestic Medieval building in London. The former residence of Sir Thomas More,  is now under private ownership and closed to the public.  Built in 1466 by Sir John Crosby and located on the banks of the river Thames, Crosby Hall was relocated brick by brick from Bishopsgate to Chelsea in 1910 and has been under renovation and restoration for the last 15 years. A huge thank you to Dr Moran for making us all feel so welcomeOther visits during the Autumn include an exclusive  tour of John Bell & Croyden of Wigmore Street, Pharmacist to Her Majesty The Queen,who have been looking after London’s health and well being for over 200 years and have recently undergone a major refit. Steeped in history, this business can be traced back to 1798 when John Bell, then only 23, opened his chemist in 225 Oxford Street. His son Jacob Bell went on to become the founder of the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain - now the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. Our programme of talks at the Army & Navy Club, was as always varied and interesting, Tim Belson spoke about Diamonds, Deborah Levy a Matrimonial and Family Solicitor about Legal issues of a certain age, Angela Lownie, The Lady House Detective about how she researches individual house history for London properties. Mr Adam Searle,  Past President of the British Association Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee at The Lister Hospital in Chelsea gave us food for though with his talk entitled : Surgery for form. Plastic fantastic or drastic and Nick Ross  Director of Art History Abroad gave us a overview of the fantastic exhibition at the National Gallery "Beyond Caravaggio". Our Autumn programme concluded with a very jolly Christmas lunch at the National Liberal Club, kindly hosted by their Chairman Janet Berridge and a visit of this magnificent building conducted by Dr Seth Thevoz.



Summer 2016

The Summer of 2016, saw the London Ladies follow in Churchill’s footsteps.  In April, The Hon. Celia Sandys came to speak to us at the Army & Navy Club. The daughter of Sir Winston’s eldest daughter Diana and the Cabinet Minister Duncan Sandys, Celia’s fascinating talk drew on her vast and intimate knowledge of the great man’s personal and political life and prepared us for our visit to Chartwell in June. Sadly, on the day we visited Chartwell, it was pouring with rain but it didn’t dampen our spirits and we were able to enjoy our private tour before the house opened to the public. Other visits, included the magnificent Syon House and Park, a private guided tour of the Supreme Court, atheatrical walk through Whitehall to discover how the Suffragettes campaigned for the rights of women and an elegant, exclusive evening at the new Dior Boutique in Covent Garden. The programme of Tuesdays talks also took on a Churchillian theme when Rodney J. Croft came to speak about Operation Hope Not, the State and Private Funeral of Sir Winston Churchill. We were also delighted to welcome Rathbones who spoke about the Changing face of the City, Hamish Brown MBE, a leading authority on Stalking and other forms of harassment. Leonora Service gave us a brief history of painting on walls and John Donald, one of the most innovative jewellers of the twentieth century came to present hisbook “Precious Statements”.

Summer 2015

The summer programme started with a visit to the newly re decorated Apsley House, the first Duke of Wellington' s London home. Famously known as No 1 London, our visit was of particular relevance as we celebrated the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815. The interest in the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo continued with a talk at the Army & Navy Club by Tom Mollo and Mark Evans, both former Coldstream guards who told us about Waterloo Uncovered, a landmark archaeology project to investigate the battlefield of Waterloo. Some of the other talks and speakers on our summer programme included an historical examination of the Art and symbolism of Masonry, Andrea Cecile Cohen who has spent two seasons designing clothes for the hit US TV Show The Good Wife and creator of the Body Forum, a workshop designed to help women understand how to dress for their body shape. Angela Young, came to speak to us about her second novel, The Dance of Love, Ysanne Lewis about Demystifying and understanding Astrology, Catriona Lumiste discussed the main aspects of the Care Act 2014 and the challenges of Long term Care planning and the programme of Tuesday Talks ended in July with Nicki Williams who spoke about healthy ageing from the inside out.

One of the highlights of the 2015 summer programme was our day in Paris. We left London early in the morning by Eurostar where our coach was waiting for us at the Gare du Nord,  We were met there by our private coach and after a most interesting drive through Paris to look at the "3 Domes" in the heart of the french Capital,  we had lunch at the Boeuf sur le Toit and then walked the short distance to the British Embassy in the Rue du Faubourg St Honore. Built in the 1720's the Hotel de Carost,  was bought in 1803 by the wayward Pauline Borghese sister of Napoleon and much of the furniture and silk damasks on the walls were chosen by her. Our private visit of the ground floor was followed by tea in the conservatory and gardens, where we were delighted to be  joined by Lady Ricketts, wife of our current Ambassador Sir Peter Ricketts.

Other visits in the Summer 2015 programme included, a visit to the All England Club - Wimbledon, a private visit to Eccleston Square Gardens, the Garden Museum and a fabulous day in Sussex including a visit to Petworth House, lunch at the Spread Eagle Hotel and a tour of Uperton Vineyards who make sparkling English wines.

Spring 2015

The Spring 2015 programme started with a visit of Westminster Abbey conducted by one of the Abbey's Vergers. The Ladies also visited The Government Art Collection and the BBC where they were able to try their hand at reading the News and the Weather forecast. We visited the One Show studio (a lot smaller than it appears on television!) saw a few familiar faces lurking around the building and recorded a play for radio, all great fun and over too quickly.  We were privileged to hold a dinner in the Lord Mayor of the City of Westminster's Parlour on the 18th floor of Westminster City Hall with sweeping views across London. During dinner we were entertained by Angela and Julian Brun with songs from the Operas featuring arias and duets by Mozart, Handel, Rossini and Puccini as well as songs from the Shows. We were glad to be able to contribute to the Lord Mayor's Charity for this year, the Sir Simon Milton Foundation.

Autumn 2014

Our first visit of the Autumn programme was to the Poppy Factory in Richmond. We also went to the Opera, with a morning "Introduction to Opera" course conducted by Claudio Tedesco, we then headed to the Royal Opera House in the evening to see the brilliant Barber of Seville.  On a cold an grey  October morning we visited the Mansion House to see the extraordinary Harold Samuel 17th century collection of 84 Dutch and Flemish paintings from Holland's golden age, this was followed by a very jolly lunch in the City. Svetlana Lloyd gave a wonderful lecture at the Army & Navy Club in Piccadilly on the Painters of Fashion - Ingres, Winterhalter and Tissot before we took a break for the Holidays .  

Summer 2014

The Summer saw the London Ladies visit beautiful Waddesdon Manor. Built in 1874 by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the style of a Loire Chateau, Waddesdon Manor houses some the Rothschild family remarkable collections.  In June, we headed to Hampstead to see  Kenwood House, recently refurbished to its former glory by English Heritage. This majestic Villa was the home of the great judge Lord Mansfield and his family. It was particularly moving to be at Kenwood House at the time the film "Belle" was released in cinemas.  We also spent a fun evening at the Park Tower Casino being introduced to Roulette and Blackjack.  We also continued with our programme of talks at Peter Jones  and were delighted to welcome Meriel Larken who told us the extraordinary story of  the restoration of the Victorian gun boat Yavari on Lake Titicaca, Miss Penny Law, Consultant Gynaecologist at the BUPA Cromwell Hospital, Laurie Wickwire spoke about Diamonds from Rock to Royalty and we were delighted to welcome Lynne Robinson and Carmela Trappa spoke about the benefits of Pilates.

Spring 2014

The London Ladies had a great Spring season with visits to Kensington Palace, the Tower of London and the Royal Hospital Chelsea, where Bill our guide for the afternoon, took us on a two hour tour visit around the Hospital grounds, the Wren Chapel and the Great Hall.

Our ongoing programme of Thursday talks at Peter Jones, included presentations by Julia Boyd - A Dance with the Dragon, her fascinating book about Peking's foreign community at the beginning of the 20th century. Gemma Darlington talked about jewellery design from the early 20th century. Patrick Hyatt's presentation was about the Lucky and the Losers, loosely based on Stephen King's paper on ageing populations and the inevitable battle for resources with the younger generation. There were chocolates from Godiva, "Celebrating your life" in film with Jonathan Crane and Bupa Cromwell Hospital sponsored Dr Rajeev Dhar who talked about "Keeping your mind healthy and the early triggers to watch out for".

On 17th February, the London Ladies went to the Museum of London to see the extraordinary Cheapside Hoard.  Before visiting the exhibition, the curator Hazel Forsyth,  explained how after laying hidden in a cellar for 300 years,  the world's largest and most exquisite cache of Elizabethan and early Stuart jewellery came to light.  A century after its discovery, the Cheapside Hoard is on display in its entirety. An extraordinary exhibition of exquisite gem stones and craftsmanship.

Our Spring programme ended with a fabulous champagne tea at the Millennium Hotel Mayfair, hosted by Mr Grant Harrold, former butler to HRH The Prince of Wales where we celebrated a very busy and interesting 20 years of the London Ladies Club. 

Autumn 2013

It's been a busy start to the Autumn for the London Ladies, on Tuesday 17th September, our members visited the Museum of the Order of St John's Hospitallers in Clerkenwell.  The Museum tells the fascinating story of the Order of St John, from its origins in 11th century Jerusalem, through to it's role today with St John Ambulance and the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem. The visit was followed by tea in the Museum.


On Tuesday 1st October, the London Ladies Club members went to Highgrove. We boarded our coach in Sloane Square and stopped on the way for a delicious lunch at the Royal Oak Leighterton before continuing to Highgrove.  It is now more than 30 years since the Duchy of  Cornwall bought Highgrove in Glouscestershire  and the Prince of Wales made the Estate his home.  The garden unfolds in a series of highly personal and inspiring tableaux, each one reflecting the Prince's interests and enthusiasms.  The garden is in complete harmony with nature, ethically sound management policies are pursued making the Estate a model of organic sustainability.  After our walk through the gardens, our members were able to have tea in the Orchard Restaurant and to do some shopping before taking the coach back to Sloane Square.  



On Friday 12th July, the members of the London Ladies Club visited beautiful Althorp in Northamptonshire.  Althorp has been the home of the Spencer family for nearly 500 years and contains a fascinating variety of pictures, furniture and ceramics.  We were fortunate to have a private visit of the House and were able to see all the wonderful paintings, Rubens, Van Dyck, Reynolds, Gainsborough, as well as many paintings by lesser known artists.   

After our visit of the House, coffee was served in the Portico in the massive stable block. The stables were probably built around 1732-33 by Roger Morris after the re-modelling of the entrance hall of the main house.  Built in warm honey-coloured ironstone as an exercise in Anglo-Palladianism they house the exhibition celebrating the life of Diana, Princess of Wales.


We then headed to The Saracen's Head in Little Brington for a delicious buffet lunch before driving on to Great Brington to look at St Mary's Church, Great Brington.

Great Brington is recorded in the Domesday book and it is likely that a wooden church originally stood on this site before it was burned down in the 13th Century.  The current church dating from between 1220 and 1280 follows the pattern of the Early English Decorated and Perpendicular styles. The  Spencers have ancestry dating back to 1508 and it was John Spencer who recorded almost rebuilding the parish church of Great Brington and the creation of the Spencer Chapel. Nineteen generations of the Spencer family rest here. 

The lineage of George Washington can be traced back to Lawrence Washington. Lawrence's grave is below a stone slab in the chancel of the Church.

After our visit of St Mary's, we took the coach back to return to London.  



Ladies Play Golf at Strawberry Hill Golf Club

On the 4th July, a group of our members met at Strawberry Hill Golf club, for an introduction to Golf. We were met by the Captain Richard Curtis, Felicity from Fore Women and Peter Buchan, who all gave us a very warm welcome. After Golf we all gathered for tea and cakes and met Mavis the Ladies' Captain. We had a great day thank you to all who made it possible, we hope to play some more gold soon.


Pasta at Avista

On Monday 22nd April, members of the London Ladies Club went to Avista, the elegant italian restaurant adjacent to the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair.  We met in the bar for a refreshing glass of Prosecco and canapés before watching a  demonstration on how to make pasta .  Our two volunteers assisted Chef Arturo Granato in making spaghetti, fettucine and even ravioli, just like Mama !   Then it was time for our delicious lunch and after coffee, we each left feeling pampered and very spoilt with a gift of chocolates and scent samples from Agent Provocateur !   A big thank you to the staff at Avista and to Annie in particular for making us feel so welcome.


Valentino Master of Couture

Last Monday the London Ladies Club visited the amazing Valentino exhibition at Somerset House. We all met before for a delicious breakfast at Tom's kitchen and listened to a talk by the former fashion editor of both Vogue and Harper's and Queen. Afterwards we went into the exhibition and saw over 160 of Valentino's couture dresses from the 1950's up to 2010.

An evening dress that reveals a woman’s ankles while walking is the most disgusting thing I have ever seen.

— Valentino Garavani

Breakfast at Tom's kitchen.

The London Ladies Club Christmas Party

A big thank you to everyone who came to our Christmas Party at Peter Jones today, what a  great time we all had, a special thank you too our lovely Rachael, Susan and Amaya for making it possible, and of course Father Christmas and his charming helper Elfie. We wish all our members a very happy and peaceful Christmas, and look forward to seeing you in the new year for more fabulous events. Here are a few pictures from today. 

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