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.
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.
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.
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 Canning Club and the In and Out Club moved to their present magnificent clubhouse at No. 4 St. James's Square.
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.
The Canning Club is a private social club for ladies and gentlemen with a connection to Latin America or the Iberian Peninsula.
4 St James’s Square, London, SW1Y 4JU.