We hold our  Tuesday morning talks in the beautiful Ladies' Drawing room at the Army & Navy Club. Tea, coffee and biscuits are served before the talk which starts at  10.30 am and lasts about 1 hour . Our talks cover a wide range of topics and are always a great opportunity to regularly see friends  and meet new people. Please refer to the programme below for the dates.



         In the Ladies' Drawing Room, The Army & Navy Club , 36 – 39 Pall Mall , London SW1Y 5JN

10.15 am for a 10.30 am start

Members £7 - Non Members £12

         In the Ladies' Drawing Room, The Army & Navy Club , 36 – 39 Pall Mall , London SW1Y 5JN                                                                 

Bookings for talks must be received the Friday before the talk at the very latest .                                                                                    Coffee, tea and biscuits will be served before the talk, which starts at 10.30 a.m. We are delighted to welcome members of the Army & Navy Club and their spouses. Tuesday Talks are transferable to another person but non refundable. The London Ladies Club does not endorse the views of the speakers.                                                                                                                                                                                      Refund of cancelled external events is dependent on the cancellation policy of the companies with whom we work

Tuesday 16th January -  Poisoning : Fact or Fiction ?

In the Drawing Room


Poisoning, the deleterious effects of chemicals on living organisms, has an enduring fascination. Toxicology, the scientific study of poisons and poisoning, has its origins in the development of analytical chemistry in the early 1800s consequent on the fundamental discoveries of Priestly, Lavoisier, Scheele, and others. Nowadays whilst many 'traditional' poisons such as alcohol (ethanol), carbon monoxide, lead, and opium (usually in the form of heroin) are still with us, new drugs present new challenges on an almost daily basis. And yet the old problems of diagnosis (was it poisoning?), mechanism (how did it happen?), origin (where did the poison come from?), and intent (why did poisoning occur?) crop up time and again in casework.

Professor Bob Flanagan has been employed in the NHS as a toxicologist since 1970 and currently works between King's College Hospital and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. He also advises police, coroners, and others in the medical and legal professions on toxicological issues.


Tuesday 23rd January - Gentlemen's Clubs of Mayfair and St. James’s  

In the Drawing Room

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Tim Jones has been an Associate Director of Grosvenor Estates Britain and Ireland since 2015, providing advice on conservation and development within the historic estate of Mayfair and Belgravia. The Duke of Westminster's Grosvenor Estate is one of the largest landowners in Central London .  Tim is a historian by training with a keen interest in the social and architectural history of London, he has worked for many years at English Heritage as a Principal Inspector providing formal advice on all aspects of works within the historic environment, including some of London's most significant buildings, such as Syon House and the Albert Hall.  His talk will focus on the social and architectural history of the West End Clubs. After the talk,  we are will walk the short distance to the Traveller’s Club in Pall Mall for an exclusive visit of this quintessential English gentleman's club led  by their conservation architect Peregrine Bryant(Formal dress code applies)


Tuesday 6th February   -   The benefits of Linseed Oil

In the Drawing Room


Durwin Banks is passionate about sharing his knowledge of Linseed and Flax,  as well as the abuse of Oils and Fats. Siblings Durwin Banks, Gay Banks and Wendy Dorkings run The Linseed Farm as a family partnership in Barns Green near Horsham, West Sussex.  They are actively involved in the day to day running of the farm and love working together as a team producing the finest cold-pressed  linseed oil and ground linseed.  Find out about the amazing health benefits of Linseed, also known as Flax or Flaxseed. It is one of the richest sources of omega 3 poly-unsaturated fatty acids, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), containing 60% omega 3 and is full of essential fats and great for the whole family.  www.thelindseedfarm.co.uk


Tuesday 20th February -    Memory and  how we lose/use it 

In the Drawing Room

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Memory and  how we lose use it is based on Vanessa Miles’ latest book and is aimed at anyone interested in finding out more about their memory and how it works. It highlights the astonishing variety of factors that make us the individuals we are, with memory at the top of the list and explores why the task of creating a vast catalogue of memories isn't quite as straightforward as we might think. Vanessa Miles comes from a theatrical background, she joined Capital Radio at part of the Michael Aspel Team and then went on to broadcasting for LBC. Her work as a journalist includes books and film reviews for various magazines. Later she moved to television and worked on Sky TV as their resident expert on customs and folklore. Book signing


Tuesday 6th March     An inside look at commissioning portraits and other Art.

In the Drawing Room


Annabel Elton has over 30 years of working with portrait commissions with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. She has handled commissions for people all over the world from Royalty to ordinary people who would just like something special.  Anna Bromwich is the Art Consultant for Mall Galleries. She has handled commissions from yachts and houses to penguins and racehorses and has many years' experience in building collections.  Annabel and Anna will use their experience to give you an inside look into the commissioning process and guidance on how to choose an artist and how to collaborate with artists successfully. Those attending the talk will be offered Private View invitations to the Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ annual exhibition in May at the Mall Galleries


Tuesday 20th March - Surgery through the keyhole.


In the Drawing Room

Professor Michael Bailey’s curriculum vitae is a testament to how much can be achieved in a single working lifetime. Having worked as Professor of Surgery and Consultant Surgeon at the Royal Surrey County Hospital for more than 30 years, one of Professor Bailey’s most notable achievements is the establishment of the Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit. This has become the UK’s largest and most advanced centre of excellence for laparoscopic surgery and has a national and international reputation for teaching surgeons from around the world. Professor Bailey has been president of the Section of Surgery of the Royal Society of Medicine and President of the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ALSGBI), and from 2002– 2006 he was a tutor in minimal access surgery at the RCS. He has also been a member of the Court of Examiners and an invited member of the Council at the RCS. Professor Bailey received the Legion d’Honneur for his role in the education of doctors training in laparoscopic surgery at the Research Institute against Digestive Cancer in Strasbourg. He has been an invited speaker in numerous European countries, the USA, Africa, Australia, China, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, West Indies, Japan, Peru, Sri Lanka and many other parts of the world.



Tuesday 17th April  - Peter York's Social Observations through the Ages: From Sloane Rangers to Hipsters and beyond.

Tuesday 1st May  - Baroness Gillian Shephard - The Real Iron Lady.

Tuesday 15th May  - Flying in Arabia with the Royal Oman Police 1976 - 1988.  Our speaker Richard Shuttleworth will be doing a charity abseil off the Royal London Hospital to raise a few pennies for London’s Air Ambulance and small donations of  any amount are welcome.  https://londonsairambulance.co.uk/events/londons-air-ambulance-helipad-abseil-2018/fundraisers/richard-shuttleworth

Tuesday  29th May  - Four Dames, One Lady and Two Oscar Winners." 

Tuesday  12th June   -  Swords, Horses and Modern Japan

Tuesday 26th June  -  Silver in the Treasure Houses of Britain