Chairman's Dinner Review

Last night members and their guests gathered at our London clubhouse for this popular staple of the ROSL event calendar. Starting in the central lounge, there was a chance to catch up with old friends and meet new ones over a glass of wine, before the concert started. 

Chaplin's Musical Mutual Comedies

Music and film are two things that you automatically place together. Films such as Star Wars, Jurrasic Park and Harry Potter are instantly recognisable by their iconic theme tunes. However, 100 years ago there in the silent film era, there was only music to accompany a motion picture, but no dialogue. See this recreated at ROSL on 19 November with live instrumentation as part of our Rush Hour series.

Chelsea Flower Show and Trooping the Colour: Ballots Open Now

I know it's only January, but many of you will already be making plans for the sunnier months. ROSL has received its allocation of tickets for the Chelsea Flower Show in May and Trooping the Colour in June, so if you would like to be entered into the ballot, now is your chance. 

Clubhouse Renovations Continue Apace

The ongoing maintenance and renovation of ROSL's London clubhouse has bore considerable fruit this week, as several projects have made big steps forward in unison. 

Commonwealth Family Day

Looking for something to keep the kids amused tomorrow? This February half term, celebrate a coming together of families and cultures as the Royal Commonwealth Society partners with Westminster Abbey for a day of Commonwealth-themed activities delivering Commonwealth Family Day on Friday 22 February. 

Court Garden Wine Tasting

Last night we welcomed Hugo Corney and Lisa Harvey from Court Garden Winery and Vineyard to the Royal Over-Seas League. Court Garden were introduced to the club by Davys Wine Merchants and their wines will slowly be introduced to our everyday menu. To properly introduce the wines, we organised for Hugo – who owns the vineyard – to come and talk members through the history of this East Sussex vineyard and what goes in to making the wines. 

Cynthia Corbett Gallery Brings Young Masters to ROSL

ROSL Arts is proud to work with the Cynthia Corbett Gallery to present a selection of works from a wide range of emerging and established artists at Over-Seas House, London. The exhibition will include the work of the as yet unknown 2017 winner of the Young Masters Art Prize, which celebrates artists who pay homage to the skill and traditions of the past.

Demystifying India

The final event in our series celebrating the UK-India Year of Culture and 70 years of Indian independence, takes place on Thursday 3 August, with a talk from Abhaey Singh, aimed at demystifying India.

Dinner at the Tower's Final Bow

On Friday night, members made their way to the Tower of London for the last time, for a black tie dinner in the Fusiliers' Mess. To mark the occasion, guests were treated to a tour of the Jewel House out of hours, where the Crown Jewels are kept, and a talk from the Director of the museum. 

Dressed to Kill

Margaret Adrian-Vallance looks at how 18th and 19th century fashions produced international debate, grisly deaths and ROSL’s own historic staircase.

East Meets West: Indian Summer Ball

On a scorching Saturday, with weather more akin to Mumbai than Mayfair, the London clubhouse played host to the annual Summer Ball, this time themed to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Indian Independence. 

Election Night at ROSL

Join fellow members for all the drama of Election Night in the Duke of York Bar on the night of Thursday 8 June. Have a few drinks and watch on as the results roll in throughout the night. But who will win?

Evelyn Wrench Lecture Series: Is the UK Prepared for Terrorism?

After last year brought an end to the UK’s status as one of the most prominent European countries to be unafflicted by Islamist terrorism in the age of ISIS, first on Westminster Bridge, then Manchester Arena and finally London Bridge, comes the latest instalment of the Royal Over-Seas League’s Evelyn Wrench Lecture Series, on Friday 21 September at Over-Seas House.

Extending the Hand of Friendship

Last night over 120 new and prospective members joined staff, partners, and volunteers in the Princess Alexandra Hall for our biannual New Members’ Reception. 

Fancy Yourself as the Next Ray Reardon?

Calling all snooker players! If you're a regular century breaker, our neighbours at the East India Club invite you to take part in the inaugural Hoffman Players' Cup. 

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Despite the inclement weather yesterday, the ROSL faithful made their way to St George's Church, Hanover Square, for a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. 

Frieze Your Weekend Plans

Looking for something to do this weekend? There are a few spaces left on Saturday’s cultural tour Looking to Friezelead by author, presenter and art expert Richard Stemp. The tour builds up to the opening of the international Frieze Festival by looking at the two main aspects, the contemporary art of Frieze London and the historic side that is Frieze Masters

From the Archives: A 21st Birthday to Remember

Reaching your 21st birthday is quite the rite of passage in many parts of the world, and often an excuse for a big party celebrating your newfound maturity and adulthood. The same can be said for the Royal Over-Seas League, which celebrated its own 21st birthday in 1931 in style. 

From the Archives: Celebrating the RAF's 100th Anniversary

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force, today we look back at article from the October 1918 edition of Overseas, written by the founder of Handley-Page Aircraft, one of Britain's foremost aerospace companies for decades and a constituent part of BAE Systems, which today is one of the world's largest defence contractors. His vision for the aircraft, which sees it rival the car as the transport of the masses, wasn't too far off.

From the Archives: Going Underground

Vicky Baker discovers hints of yesteryear above and below the London streets, from a 2005 article in the Overseas journal. 

From the Archives: The Clubhouse Through Time

ROSL's London headquarters has seen many changes over the years, both structural and decorative. Look back through a gallery of the clubhouse's many guises, to see what has changed and what has remained constant. 

From the Archives: War-time Memories

From the June-August 1995 edition of Overseas,ROSL member Peggy Trott discusses the role the London clubhouse played in BBC broadcasts during the turbulent times of the Second World War. 

Happy Birthday to the Tube

Yesterday the London Underground network celebrated its 156th birthday, with the first line beginning operations on 10 January 1863. Some 50,000 people bought tickets that first day, with just over half being able to make a journey between Farringdon and King's Cross on what now forms part of the District, Circle and Hammersmith & City Lines. 

Happy St Andrew's Day

A very happy St Andrew's Day to all our Scottish members; how will you be celebrating this year? 

Havana Nights

Join fellow Inter-Club and younger members at the clubhouse, as it's turned into a steamy 1950s Havana nightspot, thick with the smell of Cuban cigars, the taste of sweet cuba libres and the sounds jumping Latin rhythms. 

Havana Nights Ball Gallery

On Friday night we welcomed younger members from clubs across London to our 1950s Havana Nights Inter-Club Ball. 

House of Lords Afternoon Tea

With London enjoying another glorious summer's day, ROSL President Lord Luce invited members to join him for Afternoon Tea at the House of Lords. 

How Did the Duke of York Bar Get its Name?

Many of you who have visited the London clubhouse over the years will have spent time in the Duke of York Bar, sipping a gin and tonic, watching Wimbledon or just gazing out over Green Park. But have you ever wondered why it is named after the Grand Old Duke of York, King George III's favourite son? 

I Feel a Song Coming on...

Sit back, relax and be entertained as the Royal Academy of Music take you on a journey through the glorious lyrics of Dorothy Fields, from her famous 1920s pop songs to Broadway and Hollywood musicals.  This specially devised cabaret featuring Dorothy Fields’ work will be directed by George Hall with musical direction from Guy Frati and Alex Beetschen.

James Cook: The Voyages

I had the great privilege of attending the opening of James Cook: The Voyagesat the British Library which remains on display until 28 August. It is an extraordinary collection of paintings, journals, maps and artefacts recording the three voyages led by James Cook from 1768-1780. August 2018 marks 250 years since James Cook’s first voyage sailed from Plymouth on instructions from the Admiralty and the Royal Society to observe the Transit of Venus across the face of the sun at Tahiti in June 1769 and to search for the mythical Great Southern Continent.