Sharing Art Over-Seas

A principle of the Royal Over-Seas League is the ambition to maintain social and cultural links worldwide. With half of our members overseas, sharing the work we do in our clubhouses is often challenging, particularly in relation to exhibitions of visual art. Luckily with our smartened-up website, we now have the ability to bring the work in the London clubhouse to you.

Singing Their Praises

Last night saw the Vocal Section Final of this year's Annual Music Competition take place at Over-Seas House. The four competitors were in fine form, treating us to a varied programme of Mozart, Sibelius, Walton, and Butterworth. 

Summer Ball Celebrates Brontë

On Saturday, the clubhouse was transformed into the haunting Wuthering Heights, family home of Catherine Earnshaw and her adopted brother Heathcliff, for our annual Summer Ball. 

Summer Ball Early Bird Offer

I know talk of a Summer Ball in London right now might seem like a long way off, especially considering this year's extended snowy conditions. But before long, it will be Saturday 16 June, the sun will (hopefully) be shining and the London clubhouse will be transformed for our Wuthering Height's Summer Ball. Book by the end of March and receive a special early bird discount for the event of the season. 

Summer Ball Preparations Underway

Preparations for the ROSL Summer Ball on Saturday are well underway, led by event coordinator Jessica Harris-Edwards. She has recruited staff and members from all over the London Clubhouse to help put together the decorations for this year's Indian-themed ball. 

Taunton Support ROSL Projects

Yesterday, representatives of the Taunton branch visited the London clubhouse to present outgoing Director-General Roddy Porter with a cheque to support the humanitarian and education projects ROSL undertakes. 

The Art of Mindfulness

Blue Monday is more than just an 80's classic and smash hit for New Order, it is also the name given to the third Monday in January, said to be the most depressing day of the year, according to experts. 

The Art of Mindfulness

Yesterday we were joined by Dr Henry Ford, fellow ROSL member and an executive coach in mindfulness, as he led members through a variety of exercises to improve their mental wellbeing. 

The IRA Plot at the Heart of Over-Seas House

On 27 September 1990 the IRA endeavoured to cause a major explosion in the conference room at Over-Seas House, London, in what was the called St Andrew's Hall, now Princess Alexandra Hall. 

The Library: For Members, By Members

If any of you have spent time in Drawing Room at the London clubhouse, you may have noticed a small collection of books in one corner; The Members' Library. This has recently been expanded to offer much more choice for those wanting to sit back and relax with a good book. 

The Movable Feast: Armourers’ Hall

On Friday night members gathered at the illustrious Armourers’ Hall for the first instalment of our new Movable Feast series.

The Armourers’ Hall is home to the Armourers & Brasiers’ Company which started in 1322. The medieval Guild was charged with overseeing standards in the production of arms and armour, a duty it has constantly changed and adapted to carry out. 

The Post-truth Presidency

With President Trump's latest pronouncement that he will take the US out of the Paris climate agreement, world leaders and environmentalists have been left reeling at yet another example of Trump's unorthodox, controversial and oft-combative leadership style. The latest instalment of our Evelyn Wrench lecture series aims to unravel the tangled web of half-truths, hearsay and mendacity that has come from both sides of the political spectrum during his presidency.

The Post-Truth Presidency

A post-truth presidency or just “modern day presidential”? The next in our Evelyn Wrench Lecture Series will focus on one of the most divisive men in modern politics, Donald Trump. 

The Pundamental History of British Humour

From Chaucer, via Shakespeare and Austen, British humour can trace its root back a long way. To celebrate the visit if improv troupe Austentatious to ROSL on Friday 2 February, Jessica Harris-Edwards looks back at what makes our literary heroes funny in the latest edition of Overseas

The ROSL Collection

Many of you visiting the clubhouse will have noticed the wonderful artwork adorning our walls. Not just the exhibitions, centred on the Central Lounge, which change every three months, but all the other beautiful portraits and pieces scattered around the rooms, halls and staircases of the building. ROSL ARTS is currently undertaking an extensive cataloguing exercise to find out exactly what is up on our walls and what is currently tucked away in storage. Some of the artwork dates back to the very beginnings of the organisation and some is much more recent, so why undertake this massive task now? The reasons are threefold. 

The Rysbrack Mystery

Margaret Adrian-Vallance delves into the past to discover the significance of ROSL’s great fireplace.

There's NO PLACE Like Home

ROSL ARTS and BEARSPACE are delighted to launch NO PLACE, an exhibition of emerging artists work examining the theme of finding home at Over-Seas House from Friday 15 September until January 2018. 

Those Who Don’t Believe in Magic Will Never Find it

“Magic is something we have been delighted, entertained and terrified by for thousands of years: it demands our attention,” Maev Kennedy, special writer for The Guardian, challenges the audience of last night's Drawing Room Discussion to disagree. 

To you, Rabbie Burns!

In celebration of the famous Scottish poet, Rabbie Burns, members came together last Friday in their finest tartan threads to eat, drink, and dance in his memory. 

Today in History: 1951: Festival of Britain Opens

On 3 May 1951, King George VI officially opened the Festival of Britain on London's South Bank, a fair and exhibition celebrating the achievements of the UK throughout history, which played host to 8.5 million visitors throughout the summer.

Today in History: 1953: Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation

The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place on 2 June, 1953 in Westminster, following the death of her father, King George VI, on 6 February 1952. 

Today in History: 1960: BBC Television Centre Opens

The BBC's first ever purpose-built television studio complex opened on 29 June 1960, marking a new era in British broadcasting. 

Walking on the Wild Side of London

ROSL members David and Kathy Howe, from Carlisle, talk us through the many and varied walks available to city dwellers dotted in and around the capital. 

Walking to Frieze

A Saturday stroll has never been quite like this!  Following art historian, author and TV presenter Richard Stemp through the streets of Mayfair and Soho, members were invited to  to explore the two sides of the upcoming Art Fairs, Frieze London and Frieze Masters, as part of a tour by ROSL ARTS and Art History UK. All the visits were planned to look at both the contemporary side of the art world as well as the historic that has come before and set the scene. 

Watch Wimbledon at ROSL

Join fellow members in the bar for live coverage of Wimbledon for the next two weeks. Enjoy a drink and a bite to eat while watching all the thrills from this year's tournament.

What's On in London in October

After the hugely successful launch of our What's On page over the summer, Jessica Harris-Edwards has updated the page for October. There's something for everyone, whether it's history, art, or Halloween, so you won't be short of things to do when staying at the club this month. Take a look at some of the highlights. 

Wrench Room Open to Members

The extensive renovation of the Wrench Room at Over-Seas House, London, is now complete and open for members to enjoy. 

Wrench Room Renovations Underway

Those of you who have visited the London clubhouse this week may have wondered what the noise emanating from the top of the Gibbs staircase has been; it's the sound of progress on the Wrench Room renovations, which are now well underway. 

WWI Remembrance at ROSL

Autumn will see ROSL honour those who fought and lost their lives during the First World War as commemorations reach a climax, marking the centenary of Armistice on 11 November 1918. 

Young Masters Exhibition Opens

Last night the London Clubhouse welcomed visitors to Young Masters, a new exhibition in partnership with the Cynthia Corbitt Gallery.