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.

Business Forum

Established in 2016, the Business Forum provides friendly social opportunities every month to network with fellow members and guests, to discuss business issues of common interest, to hear from expert speakers, make occasional visits to workplaces and to develop a mentoring scheme available to NLC members.

Chess Circle

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

The circle also has its own website.

Commonwealth Forum

The Commonwealth Forum exists to keep NLC members in touch with developments around the Commonwealth. It organises lectures, seminars, diplomatic receptions, and visits abroad.

The Forum has its own website.  

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

Founded in 2002 by the late Stephen Bonarjee, pioneering producer of such BBC programmes as Panorama and the Today programme; a lunching circle for NLC members aged eighty and above; meets twice a year, in the Spring and in the Autumn.

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 the option to stay for dinner in the Club's Dining  Room.


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.

Kettner Lunch

Founded in 1971, the Kettner Lunch meets monthly to hear leading political speakers in an informal lunch setting. Named after the iconic Kettner's dining rooms in Soho, where the group originally met, it has been hosted by the National Liberal Club since the 1980s.

Literary Circle

Meets on a monthly basis; frequently hosts joint events with the Authors' Club, which is hosted by the NLC.

Orpington Circle

Founded in 2008, this organises the annual Orpington Dinner, commemorating the 1962 Orpington by-election, and raises money 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

Going back to the Club's very earliest days in the 1880s, the Circle still meets in the Club's Billiards Room, and competes in inter-club tournaments. 

Theatre Circle

Launched in 2018, the Theatre Circle will arrange visits for members to plays, musicals, operas and ballets. There will also be informal post-performance discussions where members discuss the performances seen, suggest future shows and make new friends.

Wednesday Luncheon Circle

Meets for lunch on the first Wednesday of every month, to hear speakers drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds. 

Wine Circle

Hosts several wine or spirit tastings a year, organised by the Club's Wine Committee.

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.