Welcome to the Rotary Club of London!

The Rotary Club of London, founded in 1911, was the first to be chartered outside North America, and is the premier Club in Great Britain.

It held its first meeting at Simpsons in the Strand. Following on from this, a further 108 Clubs were established in London.

About Rotary

Rotary International

Rotary International is a worldwide organisation of service clubs which brings together professional, business and community leaders to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

For 114 years, Rotary members have been addressing challenges around the world. Grassroots at the core, Rotary today links over 1.2 million members to form an organisation of international scope with nearly 35,000 Clubs around the world serving communities and providing for good causes wheever they are.

The Original Social Network

Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings amongst the offices of its members. The organisation adopted the maxim “Business is the science of human service and a person profits most who serves his fellow best.” Later the adopted motto of the Rotary organisation beame the much simpler “Service above Self.”

Meet our Leaders

The Rotary Club of London Club Council & Committees 2022-23

From Left to right: President Ian Balcombe, VP Rajiv Sabharwal, Secretary Chikako Osawa-Horowitz, Treasurer PP Hugh Kirk

Latest News!

Rotary Club of London Christmas Lunch – 12th December 2022

The Rotary Club of London is deeply saddened at the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II and recognises her long and distinguished service to the nation. God save the King.

RCL supports “Power 4 life” project

Rotary Club of London has been one of the major international contributors to the project “power 4 life” with the other R5 Clubs. The Rotary Club of Blantyre in Malawi has been the local interface. 🥳

Good news is the material has been prepared for the shipment and on June 25th!! ☀️

RCL Year 2019-22 Review video

It is tough Rotary year but we still did a fantastic job. Please come to share our club history and initiatives.

Rotary response to Ukranie crisis

The response of RI to the crisis in Ukraine is set out below – please read.

If you want to donate to the causes identified but am not sure which – send a donation to the Rotary Club of London Charity Trust; Account No: 00007103 Sort Code: 40-52-40; Please make it payable to The Charity Trust of the Rotary Club of London, and mark reference donation ‘Ukraine’.

The charitable trust will collect gift aid in addition where you have given permission 

Our fellow rotarians, their families and communities will need our help

Please do what you feel you should

Happy Rotary Day!

On this day in 1905, Rotary International was formed, and Rotary club of London are demonstrating the values on which the organisation was founded, 117 years on. 🥳🥳

23rd February each year marks ‘Rotary Day’, which in 2022 is 117 years since the formation of Rotary International by Chicago-based lawyer, Paul Harris. 👏👏

With 1.2 million members in over 35,000 clubs in over 200 countries, Rotary is not only one of the oldest, but also one of the world’s largest and most successful membership and humanitarian service organisations.

RCL supports Treekly initiatives

RCL is fully support Treekly initiatives 💪💪

Treekly offers an easier way to help fight climate change. 🏞🏞

“Trees every week, to help reduce your carbon footprint.”
There is no single easy solution to climate change but planting millions of trees is a key part of it. The Treekly Challenge is to maintain a daily walking habit of 5,000 steps. Hit the target 5 days in a week, and in return one mangrove tree is planted on your behalf in Madagascar.
Join this challenge today and support the Treekly initiative. More details attached below. 
Rotary Club of London will sponsor the first 20 applicants! 👏👏


RCL Christmas lunch – 13th December 2021

Rotary Club of London is held the club Christmas party today at Chesterfield Mayfair hotel. Nearly 100 members and guests joined this event and raised over £2500. Please enjoy the photos:https://photos.app.goo.gl/yTu1DYrYh1x9qpuX6

RCL Winter Warn Up action

Rotary Club of London is supporting “Winter Warm Up” action organised by Karma Bank Charity. Collect as many warm clothes as possible for refugees. Please bring your warm clothes to our next club meeting at Chesterfield Mayfair hotel!

RCL Christmas lunch – 13th December 2021

Rotary Club of London invites you to join our Christmas lunch on 13th December. Please fill the form and submit to Hugh, kirkhugh81@gmail.com before 8th December 2021. Looking forward to see you there!

RCL Golf Challenge Charity dinner – 22nd September 2021

Rotary Club of London Charity invites you to DONATE and JOIN the coming RCL Golf Challenge dinner event on 22nd September 2021. The Charity Golf dinner event will be held at Moor Park Golf Club, Moor Park, Rickmansworth, WD3 1QN. Feel free to bring your friends and family to join the charity golf dinner. Remember to fill in the DINNER FORM.

INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY – 20th September 2021

Rotary Club of London will celebrate the International Peace Day on 20th September 2021 and invited four remarkable distinguished speakers to celebrate this special event. The details are shown below:

The Club is coming to terms with the loss of our Honorary Member Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He first addressed the Club as a young man in 1950- taking over from his father-in-law as President of the National Playing Fields Association (Now ‘Fields in Trust Charity’) a position he held for the next 68 years!

He was elected an Honorary Member of the Club in 1975 and in 1976 a delegation was led by then President Theo Bernsen to Buckingham Palace, who presented him with a specially made Rotary pin. His last visit to the club was in 2007, and his last contribution was writing the forward to our centennial History in 2011.

Today is Rotary Day!

On this day in 1905, Rotary International was formed, and Rotary in London are demonstrating the values on which the organisation was founded, 116 years on.
23rd February each year marks ‘Rotary Day’, which in 2021 is 116 years since the formation of Rotary International by Chicago-based lawyer, Paul Harris.
With 1.2 million members in over 35,000 clubs in over 200 countries, Rotary is not only one of the oldest, but also one of the world’s largest and most successful membership and humanitarian service organisations.
Rotary, which started out as a professional networking organisation, quickly turned their vision to humanitarian service, with members and clubs having a long track record of addressing challenges in their communities and around the world.
That vision endures today, with the organisation committed to tackling some of the world’s biggest issues including protecting the environment, providing clean water and fighting disease.
The latter of those has been thrown sharply into focus over the last year with the COVID-19 pandemic gripping the globe. In the UK and Ireland, Rotary clubs have launched thousands of vital projects to support those in need, whether it be by stocking foodbanks, volunteering at vaccination centres, ensuring children have the required equipment for lockdown learning, and much more.
Perhaps most notably, Rotary International spearheaded the ongoing campaign to eradicate polio worldwide. Since their End Polio Now campaign was launched more than 30 years ago, they have helped reduce cases of the paralysing disease by 99.9%, vaccinating almost 3 billion children and preventing 19 million cases of paralysis.
Our club president David Johnson said: “We’re all so proud to be part of such a wide-reaching and life-changing organisation. As with every Rotary club, we aim to have an impact in our local community and make a difference to those in our area in need of support.”
“Rotary Day is always a special day in the calendar, as it allows us to showcase how our organisation is rooted in the local community, but with a global impact.”
“We give our time and talents to help others, all while having fun and making social connections in the process. We’re always keen to welcome new members to our group.” 

The 2020 Golf Day Charity Challenge at Berkhamstead Golf Club in October

Children’s Charities Golf Day which was held on 8th October 2020, and raised £20,000 in aid of Lifeline4Kids and Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice.

Lifeline4Kids absorbs its own administration costs which means that their total donations go to making bespoke equipment for disabled children.

Noah’s Ark provides a very wide spectrum of care and support for both children with life-limiting conditions, and their families.

Since this annual event started in 2002 the total amount raised to date for children’s needy causes is circa £220,000.

Thank you for your support!!

Join Our Club


Our Mission – Welcome to Rotary Club of London. We work on impactful causes that change lives, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. Rotary is a service club and a humanitarian organisation with the moto “Service Above Self”. Through membership of the club, members use their time and talents to make a difference in their communities and around the world, working together to make this world a better place.

Join Our Club – Membership in Rotary ensures continuing personal and professional development as Rotarians are provided with countless opportunities based on their interests to further enhance their leadership skills, gain experience in public speaking and communication, get involved in organization and planning, enjoy team building, launch fundraising initiatives and mentoring others. It’s a perfect place to work on causes that you are passionate about, attract support to develop new community initiatives and get involved in global projects.

Benefits of Membership – Here are some of the benefits that one may gain by becoming a Rotarian. These include: 

  • Fun and entertainmentGiving back to the community
  • Business development
  • Friendship & Fellowship 
  • Personal growth and development
  • Continued learning
  • Travel opportunities
  • And the list just goes on …