Groups & Circles

Like clubs within the club, circles allow members to meet other members and take part in many social activities.

Bridge Circle

The Bridge Circle meets regularly on the first and third Wednesdays of each month in the Smoking Room at 2.30pm. Everyone is welcome and you do not need to bring a partner.

Chess Circle

This friendly and informal group is open to people of all levels and beginners are particularly welcome.

The circle has its own website:

Commonwealth Forum

The Commonwealth Forum exists to keep NLC members in touch with developments around the Commonwealth.

You can view a selection of photographs from our recent events here.  

European Forum

The NLC's newest circle (established 2017) holds events focussing on European developments, particularly around the Brexit negotiations. 

Film Group

The Film Group meets regularly to watch film classics with a social or political theme. 

Fourscore Circle

For members aged eighty and above; meets twice a year.

French Circle

The NLC French Circle meets in the Smoking Room at 6pm on the second Monday of each month for an informal discussion in French, followed by dinner in the Club's Dining  Room for those who decide to stay.


German Circle

For those members with an interest in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and the language and  culture of those countries.

Golf Circle

Providing a forum for members of all abilities to play and enjoy golf with like minded people. Please see  for more information on the Circle's activities.

Literary Circle

Meets on a regular monthly basis.

Orpington Circle

Organises the annual Orpington Dinner, commemorating the 1962 Orpington by-election, and raises funds for the Liberal Democrats' by-election campaign fund. 

Political & Economic Circle

Founded in 1888, the NLC's Political & Economic Circle still meets to hear 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. 

Shooting Circle

The Shooting Circle meets to organise outings for clay pigeon shooting. 

Snooker Circle

Meets in the Club's Billiards Room. 

Younger Members Group

The group for NLC members under 30. It is affiliated with the Inter-Club Younger Members' Group (, of which the NLC was a founder member in 2005.