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Clubs and the world of Sherlock Holmes

March 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm


The Society’s Spring Meeting will be held on Thursday 14th March 2019 at The National Liberal Club at 1, Whitehall Place, London, SW1, at 6.00pm for 6.45pm.  The National Liberal Club is located on the corner of Whitehall Place and the Victoria Embankment, not far from Embankment Underground Station and Charing Cross main line station.  It is usually possible to find a nearby parking space at this time – though you may have to pay the congestion charge.  http://www.savageclub.com/

Members and their guests may opt to attend the meeting only at £14.00, or to dine beforehand at a cost of £45.00 per head.  This includes VAT and service but not drinks, which must be paid for on the day.   For those who choose to dine, the meal will comprise Beef, Mushroom and Ale Pie, Apple Crumble Cake Hot Caramel Sauce followed by Coffee and Mints.  A vegetarian or fish alternative main course may be ordered in advance – please specify if you want this on the application form.  A cash bar will be open in the Smoking Room on the first floor of the building from 6.00pm.  After the meeting, members may use the National Liberal Club bar.  Dinner will be served promptly at 6.45pm in the David Lloyd George Room, also on the first floor and will be followed by the meeting itself from around 8pm.

Our speaker this evening is Dr Seth Alexander Thévoz, author of Club Government: How Clubs Ruled the Early Victorian World.  Dr Thévoz is a political historian at Nuffield College, Oxford, a writer at Private Eye magazine, and Honorary Librarian of the National Liberal Club, so he will be very much on home turf.  He specialises in the history of corruption, which should make for an interesting evening.  Dr Thévoz will look at the history and evolution of London clubs, and at how they were presented in the canon.  In the course of this, he will be proposing a new and exciting theory for the identity of the Diogenes Club.

Applications should be sent to arrive not later than Wednesday 6th March.

Anyone attending a Society function for the first time should bring along and display their yellow cards of introduction, so that we can identify them and introduce them to our members.  They should also note that applications are not normally acknowledged nor are tickets sent.  We look forward to seeing everyone on the night.  If an acknowledgement is required, please provide an e-mail address or a stamped, addressed envelope with your application.  Dress is smart casual and gentlemen are asked to wear a jacket and tie.  As in most London clubs, tee-shirts and trainers are not acceptable.  This is not our rule and we must comply with the club’s.

The Society, as part of its archiving project, maintains a photographic record of Society events and meetings which may be published either in the Society’s Journal, or on the Society’s website. If you or your guest(s) do not want to appear in a Society photograph from this event/meeting please avoid being in any posed photographs and advise one of the meeting organisers.

Full details and application form


March 14, 2019
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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National Liberal Club
Whitehall Place
London, SW1 United Kingdom
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