National Liberal Club

COVID-19 UPDATE - CLUB CLOSURE: We are sorry to say that in response to the Coronavirus crisis, the National Liberal Club will close from 6pm on Friday, 20th March, 2020. We hope to re-open at the earliest opportunity and further updates will be posted here and communicated to members via appropriate contact methods. In the meantime, if you need to contact the Club please email 

Founded in 1882 by William Ewart Gladstone, the National Liberal Club exists to provide the very best club facilities for relaxing and entertaining in the heart of London, for members whose interests vary from liberal politics to the liberal arts.


The club remains completely independent of any party, but as the name implies, continues to be closely identified with the Liberal tradition, and Liberals worldwide. The NLC's liberal heritage meant that it was conceived as a club that should be able to outshine any of the more established aristocratic clubs of London; but for membership to remain much more accessible than other clubs. It was one of London's first major gentlemen's clubs to admit women as full members; and from its launch in the 1880s it was unusual in embracing a diverse range of members of many different ethnic, social and religious backgrounds.


Overlooking the Thames, with "the most splendid terrace in London", the club is within easy reach of Whitehall, the West End, the City and Theatreland. The club is blessed with an extraordinary building by noted Victorian architect Alfred Waterhouse, and is also conveniently situated for underground and mainline stations which are close by. Members also enjoy access to an extensive worldwide network of over 180 hand-picked reciprocal clubs in more than 30 different countries.


Over the years, members have included H.H Asquith, Charles Bradlaugh, Rupert Brooke, G.K. Chesterton, Winston Churchill, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Henry George, Anthony Hope, Sir C.P. Ramaswami Iyer, Muhammed Ali Jinnah, David Lloyd George, Ramsay Macdonald, Dadabhai Naoroji, George Bernard Shaw, Bram Stoker, Dylan Thomas, H.G. Wells and Leonard Woolf.

The National Liberal Club on the BBC's 'Daily Politics'

Political history of gentlemen's clubs

"No club has a finer location"

The Guardian