The Lady Violet Room was named in honour of Lady Violet Bonham Carter (1887-1969). It has a highly unusual, distinctive, design with numerous angular cubby-holes, of the kind which give the National Liberal Club much of its unique character.
The room's decor celebrates the achievements of Liberal women; and as well as the main portrait of Lady Violet herself, it includes a portrait of another influential Liberal peer, Baroness Nancy Seear, and a 1988 centenary plaque for the Women's Liberal Federation.
Lady Violet was a lifelong Liberal campaigner, and the daughter of H. H. Asquith. In an age when there were few women politicians, Lady Violet was a determined, uncompromising, outspoken figure, and later in life she came to be regarded as a feminist icon. She lived in Downing Street for over a decade while her father was Chancellor and then Prime Minister, and after an early infatuation with her lifelong friend Winston Churchill, Violet Asquith married Sir Maurice Bonham Carter. She became a renowned orator on Liberal election platforms, and variously served as President of the Women's Liberal Federation, President of the Liberal Party, a Governor of the BBC, and a Governor of the Old Vic Theatre. She unsuccessfully stood for Parliament twice, including a narrow defeat in Colne Valley in 1951, and she eventually entered the House of Lords in 1964, as Baroness Bonham Carter of Yarnbury.
The room can easily accommodate various AV requirements, and is available for private bookings.
70 - Reception.
50 - Theatre.
50/30 - Meal.
30 - Boardroom.
Private Hire Rates
£225 - Half-Day (up to four hours).
£400 - Whole Day (up to eight hours).