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Churchill Style: The Art of Being Winston Churchill by Barry Singer
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When The Savoy Hotel opened on August 6, 1889, Winston Churchill was 24-years-old. As a lover of the operettas of Gilbert & Sullivan from boyhood, he already was a regular at the Savoy Theatre next door, having attended opening nights there with his parents as early as age 12. The Savoy remained Churchill’s favorite theater, just as the Savoy Hotel remained one of his favorite haunts.

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Winston Churchill arrives at the Savoy for a dinner gathering of The Other Club in 1959.

In May 1911, Churchill and F. E. Smith founded “The Other Club,” their own dining group. The Other Club met (and continues to meet to this day) by invitation only for dinners in the Pinafore Room at the Savoy Hotel on alternate Thursdays with Parliament in session. The forty-one charter members included David Lloyd George, Lord Kitchener, the actor Herbert Beerbohm Tree, and Churchill’s cousin “Sunny,” the 9th Duke of Marlborough. According to the governing rules, “Nothing in the … intercourse of the Club shall interfere with the rancour or asperity of party politics.”
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