"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 !