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.