Our wide-ranging cultural events take us to exclusive venues, discovering remarkable art, architecture and unexpected wonders as we go. Join us as we pass through doors that are normally closed – in London, throughout the UK and beyond.
Enjoy a unique opportunity to view rare, antique objects close up, introduced by a leading expert in European Middle Ages art. We are exceptionally privileged to be invited to the Mayfair gallery of Sam Fogg, where a wide range of works is on display.We will step back in time into ancient civilisations brought alive by […]
Join us for an exclusive morning visit to the Reform Club, with a special opportunity to view treasures normally hidden from view.Held within the club’s magnificent 1841 interiors, designed by Sir Charles Barry, are a first folio edition of Shakespeare dated 1623, Queen Victoria’s engraved wine glass of 1844 and Sir John Lavery’s portrait of […]
We are delighted to invite all members to our Christmas Drinks Party, held this year at the London Library. Our reception takes place in the magnificent Reading Room, research epicentre for writers from Arthur Conan Doyle to Antonia Fraser and setting for the opening chapter of AS Byatt’s Possession. London’s first lending library, this celebrated […]
The Old Operating Theatre Museum and the Herb Garret, on the site of the original St Thomas Hospital, are devoted to medical and surgical history. Following the Apothecary Act of 1815, the operating theatre was created in 1822 and it is now the oldest extant example in Europe. Under the terms of the Act, apprentice apothecaries […]
Selected Past Events
Glass sculptor Danny Lane is opening up his Wormwood Scrubs studio to us for an exceptional private view. We will enjoy the opportunity of speaking with the artist himself as he introduces works in progress. US-born Lane first made his mark in the 1980s through his art furniture and has now moved into large-scale public […]
We are invited to enjoy a private guided tour of a major exhibition marking the 300th anniversary of the death of sculptor and carver Grinling Gibbons. Hosted by Bonhams in New Bond Street, “Centuries in the Making” explores Gibbons’ vision, skills and technique.Works have been assembled from national museums, historic houses and international lenders. It […]
For Tullio Crali (1910-2000) Futurism was not simply a style of painting, but an attitude to life itself. His powerful work captures the dynamism of the natural and mechanical worlds but is particularly associated with the genre of ‘aeropainting’.This exhilarating exhibition explores every phase of the artist’s remarkably coherent career, featuring a large number of […]
Even members who have visited Amsterdam many times will find much to discover on this trip to the city’s lesser known museums and galleries.The tour will have a particular emphasis on the Golden Age, with visits to private 17th century mansions along the canals including the Museum Willet Holthuysen, Our Lord in the Attic Museum […]
A late morning special guided tour of the renowned Wallace Collection with a focus on the Wallace Women, from courtesans to queens. Sulley’s famous portrait of Queen Victoria will set the tone but there are numerous others from Countess Blessington to Madame de Pompadour and three portraits of actress Mary Robinson as Perdita, by the three […]
A once in a lifetime opportunity to see items of Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill collection which were dispersed in the Great Sale of 1842 and are now returned to their original location. We are delighted to have arranged an early evening, after hours private guided tour of this exhibition followed by wine and canapes.
Southside House provides an enchantingly eccentric backdrop to the lives and loves of generations of the Pennington Mellor Munthe families. Maintained in traditional style without intrusive refurbishment and filled with family possessions acquired over centuries, it offers a wealth of fascinating stories.Southside has associations with Queen Natalie of Serbia and her son Alexander, and mementos […]
Norman Ackroyd is one of Britain’s foremost landscape artists. Primarily a painter and printmaker, his works are held in major galleries worldwide including the Tate and British Museum as well as many private collections. He has also produced a number of public mural commissions.Ackroyd has been likened to Turner in his great love of nature […]