Our membership is made up of a diverse range of individuals and professionals from all walks of life, bringing together a wide range of interests and hobbies. Over time, these enthusiastic members have developed their own clubs and organisations that host regular social and networking activities.
The National Liberal Club has a very active and enthusiastic Bridge Circle that meets regularly. Comprising old and new members, the Bridge Circle keeps the passion for the French card game alive and can be joined as a pair or a single player.
The NLC has a very friendly and informal Chess Circle that welcomes players of all skill levels, particularly new beginners. Meeting regularly to play, socialise and meet players from other Clubs (and play at them too!), the NLC Chess Circle is the perfect place to embrace one the world’s most absorbing and fascinating games.
The NLC Golf Circle has been in existence for over 100 years. They arrange fixtures where golfers of all abilities can play the game and hold internal competitions, as well as playing other London clubs and societies at other courses. They also play two fixtures a year in Paris against French clubs.
The National Liberal Club has a very proactive and sociable Shooting Club for members with an interest in clay pigeon and rifle shooting. Shoots are arranged around London and the home counties and no prior experience is necessary.
One of the clubs oldest circles, the Snooker Circle dates from the very earliest days of NLC. Started in the 1880s, the Circle members meet regularly in the Club’s Billiards Room for friendly games, as well as competitive knockout matches, as well as running a ladder. The Circle also raises a team which competes in inter-club tournaments.
In January 2014, following a vote of the membership, the Authors’ Club relocated to the National Liberal Club. The move represents a historic homecoming: the Club was based at the NLC between 1968 and 1976, and prior to that its premises were located in the same complex, next door at No. 2, for much of its existence. Past members include George Meredith, Thomas Hardy, J. M. Barrie, Rudyard Kipling, Henry Irving, A. W. Pinero, Bram Stoker, Rider Haggard, P. G. Wodehouse, Arnold Bennett, Ford Madox Ford, H. G. Wells, Lord Dunsany, Compton Mackenzie, Thornton Wilder, C. S. Forester, John Betjeman, Kingsley Amis and John Braine. Guest speakers have included Emile Zola, Mark Twain and T. S. Eliot.
The Film Group was re-established in 2012 and meets regularly to watch film classics that have a social or political theme.
The NLC French Circle meets eight times each year to hold discussions on a wide range of topics. All Francophiles are welcome to join. The meetings are followed by the option to stay for dinner in the Club’s Dining Room.
Le Cercle Français du National Liberal Club se rencontre huit fois par an pour des discussions sur des thèmes variés. Tous les francophiles souhaitant participer sont les bienvenus. Les rencontres sont généralement suivis d’un dîner au restaurant du club.
The National Liberal Club has a lively German Circle for members with an interest in the language and culture of Germany, Austria and Switzerland and meet regularly to discuss and debate, in German, their passions for everything Germanic. A number of social events are organised during the year including an asparagus supper and a German BBQ.
Der Nationale Liberal Klub hat einen lebendigen Stammtisch mit Interesse in Sprache und Kultur von deutsch Sprechenden Laendern. Wir treffen uns c. jede sechs Wochen und besprechen aktuelle Themen. Wir organisieren auch einige Veranstaltungen u .a. einen Spargelabend and Grillabend.
The National Liberal Club has a Literary Circle that meets 8-10 times a year and hosts the Annual Literary Dinner with the Authors’ Club. Our reading selections range across all genres and discussion of the selected books is always lively and provocative.
Theatre & Arts Circle
The Theatre & Arts Circle is one of the NLC’s largest and most active special interest groups. With over 150 members, the circle attends over 30 events each year. These include visits to plays, operas, ballets, musicals, concerts, jazz evenings, museums, art galleries and backstage tours of theatres. They also regularly meet for drinks and dinner at the club. Most of the Circle’s events are in Central London. However, in response to requests, there are some events each year outside London. The group often negotiates discounts for members and some of their activities are free. Suggestions for future events are always very welcome. You can follow their activities and upcoming events on the NLC Theatre & Arts Twitter Account.
Global Strategy Forum
Founded in 2006, the Global Strategy Forum is an open forum dedicated to the promotion of fresh thinking and active debate, focusing on foreign affairs, defence and international security issues.
The Kettner lunch and discussion group was founded in 1974 and is named after the iconic Kettner’s restaurant in Soho where the group originally met. It has been meeting monthly at the National Liberal Club since 2004 to hear from leading guest speakers in a friendly and informal atmosphere.
The National Liberal Club has a very active LGBTQ+ Circle that acts as the meeting point for all members with in an interest in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and other gender-related topics. They also meet regularly for social gatherings and other events.
Political and Economic Circle
Founded in 1888, the NLC’s Political & Economic Circle is the club’s oldest circle. They regularly meet to hear from some of the most stimulating political speakers of the day. Past speakers have been as diverse as George Bernard Shaw, William Beveridge, Field Marshal Montgomery, Tony Benn, Enoch Powell, Sam Wannamaker and Robin Day.
Tuesday Table is held in the bar every Tuesday from 18:30- 20:00. A table is always reserved for an evening that provides the ideal opportunity for members, new and existing, to meet other NLC members. We enjoy lively conversations in a relaxed and friendly environment that builds camaraderie and network opportunities, whilst getting the chance to hear more about what is happening at the Club.
The Wednesday Lunch Circle meets on the first Wednesday of each month (except January and August). Lunch is followed by a speaker covering a diversity of subjects and is followed by questions and discussion. This Circle is one of the longest standing of all the Club’s institutions.
The Women’s Network aims to raise the profile and activity of women in the National Liberal Club with all members, not just women. Every Tuesday evening they host Tuesday Table from 6.30 pm until 8 pm where many new and existing members meet for a lively exchange of views about a wide range of issues and topics. The network also runs a series of informal talks.
Liberal Democrat History Group
Founded in 1993, the Group promotes the discussion and research of topics relating to the histories of the British Liberal Democrats and its predecessor parties, the Liberal Party and the SDP, and of liberalism more broadly.
London Ashridge Circle
A discussion group founded in 1949, the London Ashridge Circle organise supper talks, visits to places of interest and social events in and around London.
The NLC Business Forum provides friendly networking and social gatherings that give the chance for members to meet with other people from the business community. A variety of activities are provided each year, including talks from expert speakers and occasional visits to workplaces.
The NLC Commonwealth Forum keeps members up to date with developments from around the Commonwealth and organises lectures, seminars, diplomatic receptions and visits to Commonwealth countries. Welcoming diplomats and members interested in the Commonwealth, it is the perfect environment for learning more about the Commonwealth and its latest developments.
NLC European Forum keeps members up to date on with developments across the 50+ countries of the continent of Europe, the EU 27 and the 20+ non EU countries of Europe.
The Fourscore Circle was founded in 2002 by the late Stephen Bonarjee, the pioneering producer of BBC programmes such as Panorama and the Today programme. The Circle is for NLC members aged eighty and above and it meets for lunch twice a year in the Spring and Autumn.
Founded in 2008, the annual Orpington Dinner commemorates the 1962 Orpington by-election and raises money for Liberal Democrat by-election campaign funds.
The NLC’s Wine Committee carefully chooses all the wines for the bar and dining room and is proud to have one of the best value and widest range lists in Clubland. Hosting several wine or spirit tutored tastings a year, the Committee helps members enjoy every bottle.
Younger Members Group
This group holds various events throughout the year, both at the NLC and with other London clubs. For members and guests up to the age of 30.
Liberal Democrat Friends of Whisky
The Circle exists to foster a better appreciation and understanding of whisky amongst Liberal Democrats, and to raise modest sums of money in the process to support the campaign efforts of the Liberal Democrats in the Orkney and Shetland constituency.
Liberal Democrats in Business
The Circle holds networking events, speaker meetings and dinners for businesses that support, or are sympathetic to the Liberal Democrats.
Liberal International British Group
The British wing of the world federation of liberal political parties. Founded in 1947 and headquartered in the Club, Liberal International has become the pre-eminent network for liberal parties and for the strengthening of liberal democracy around the world.
Not-So-Younger Members' Group
As an offshoot of the Younger Members’ Group, this group is for members and their guests aged between 30 and 45. They meet for socials and other events in celebration of the countdown to becoming middle-aged.
Defence & Security Circle
Successfully launched in October 2020, the Defence & Security Circle is committed to offering early evening events (always online and often in Club) for busy professionals and members. We seek to offer quality ‘fireside chats’ and panel talks on issues of contemporary and emerging relevance.