The Club

The majority of the City’s 25 wards have their own Ward Clubs.

Our Club was founded in 1909 by Sir Thomas Vansittart Bowater Bt, Lord Mayor 1913/14 and for many years a Member of Parliament for the City of London. Historically the Club’s objectives lay in protecting the ward’s interests and enabling members to meet their elected councillors in the City of London Corporation. Our current councillors are led by Alderman Ian Luder, who served as Lord Mayor of the City in 2008/09 – the year in which the Club celebrated its centenary, and seven Common Councilmen. Electors must live or pay rates in the Ward or represent an active business within the Ward area. 


The Club arranges about seven or eight functions each year. Recent visits have included those to the Royal Opera House, Bank of England, Mansion House, Houses of Parliament, Somerset House, Spencer House, the V & A Museum, Old Bailey, London Transport Museum, British Library, London Eye, Vinopolis, Tate Gallery at Bankside, Museum of Garden History, Bridewell Theatre and newly restored Sadlers Wells Theatre.

Membership of the Ward Club is open to anyone with a connection with the Ward or interested in City affairs and heritage. The Club’s activities are now mainly centred around social gatherings including informative talks, theatre trips, wide-ranging visits to places of interest, an annual dinner normally held in one of the City’s Livery Halls, an occasional lunch in Guildhall and an annual Carol Service in the Wren Church of St. Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe located in the Ward.

OFFICERS 2020-2021 

 President  Alderman Ian Luder
 Vice President  Deputy Catherine McGuinness CC
 Chair  Virginia Hopson
 Deputy Chair  Navtam Gosai
 Hon Treasurer  John Latham
 Hon Secretary  John Latham
 Social Secretary  Henrika Priest CC
 Public Relations Officer  Graham Packham CC


 Members of the Court  of Common Council Henrika Priest CC

Natasha Lloyd-Owen CC

 Co-opted Member The Venerable Luke Miller
Rector St Andrew-by-the- Wardrobe
 Official Committee Members Jeremy Simons CC (3rd year)

John Latham (5th year)

Michael Hudson CC (4th year)

Angus Knowles-Cutler CC (2nd year)

Steve Gardner (1st year)

 Elected Members Nic Somers (6th year)

Mahanta Shrestha (3rd year)

Michael Tickner (1st year)

3 vacancies


Past Presidents and Club Chairs