Main Entrance Hall

The club's grand Entrance Hall fully displays the range of Alfred Waterhouse's unique talent as one of the great architects of the nineteenth century, from the immaculate marble floor to the stunningly detailed ceiling.

It provides a stately entrance to the club, and is adorned with numerous distinctive works of art, including a group portrait of Gladstone's first cabinet in 1868, a memorial to club staff who died in both world wars, and a series of stained glass windows of four great Liberal statesmen of the nineteenth century. Particularly notable is the portrait of the young Winston Churchill in 1915, as First Lord of the Admiralty, which was extensively restored after the club suffered a direct hit during a bombing raid in 1941. Churchill was a member of the club for eighteen years, and in 1943 he re-unveiled the restored portrait.