Our History

Founding Year
Argentine Club is Founded
Argentinian flag

Members of the British community in Argentina founded the Argentine Club to have a base and a home in London. A lease was taken on No. 1, Hamilton Place in Mayfair. Over the following years, membership grew to over 800.

Hamilton Place hosts World War II Volunteers
World War II
Hamilton Place

During the Second World War, No. 1 Hamilton Place became the unofficial meeting place and "home from home" for thousands of volunteers who came over from Latin America to join H.M.Forces. Food, drink and shelter were always available.

Latin Americans welcomed to club
Club Expands Membership
Christ the Redeemer

When British businesses in Argentina were nationalised by Juan Domingo Perón in the late 1940s, the club adapted by broadening its membership remit to include the whole of Latin America as well as the Iberian Peninsula. As a result, the club was renamed the Canning Club, in honour of George Canning, the former British Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister who had strong links to Latin America.

The club moves to the In and Out
Cambridge House, 94 Picadilly

With many of its members resident overseas and plans afoot to develop the corner of Piccadilly and Hamilton Place into an Intercontinental Hotel, the Canning Club moved in with the In and Out Club at Cambridge House, 94 Piccadilly.

The club moves to St James' Square
In and Out, 4 St. James's Square
In and Out Club

The Canning Club and the In and Out Club moved to their present magnificent clubhouse at No. 4 St. James's Square.

The Canning Room

The Canning Room at 4 St. James Square, the club’s spiritual home, was refurbished and modernised, inspiring the refurbishment of much of the rest of the clubhouse.