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Athenaeum members who wish to discuss playing bridge at the Club should contact John Neilson at 
Duplicate bridge on is played on Tuesday evenings to which members are able to invite guests. Dinner (optional) is at 6.30pm and play starts promptly at 7.15pm.   
On 5 March 2024 Catherine Rice-Evans and Rex Goad won with a superb score of 78.41 per cent. This is believed to be a record score for our regular Tuesday event. It will be a difficult target to beat.

Club Matches

Devonshire Cup 2024

Having had to concede our first round match in the Devonshire Cup the Athenaeum team entered the Plate competition where we met a spirited Reform Fogg team. However we managed to overcome the opposition and ran out comfortable winners by 2210 rubber bridge points. Our winning form continued in the semi-final in which we beat RAC Spitfire by 1550 points. Sadly we were well beaten in the Plate final by a strong Hurlingham Pigeons team who won the trophy for the second consecutive year. The result was never in doubt, the Hurlingham team winning by an impressive 2340 points. Congratulations to them. Our team in the final was Pascal Ricketts and Bill Shanahan and James Cooper and Geoff Lloyd.


Athenaeum vs Royal Automobile Club

We hosted the RAC on 28 February 2024 but could not repeat last year’s victory. Although we had a lead at the halfway stage the RAC team had a strong second half and finished 12 IMPs ahead.

Athenaeum vs. House of Lords

We received a warm welcome from Baroness Blackstone and her team when we visited the House of Lords on 15 May 2024 and enjoyed the customary splendid tea. Thereafter  matters went downhill as far as the Athenaeum team was concerned. We were comprehensively outplayed by a strong Lords team and ended up losing by 89 IMPs. We can but hope that home advantage will turn the tide in our favour when we meet next year. Our team was: John Neilson and Nita Wheeler, Geoffrey Lloyd and Nan Doble, Andrew Harris and Charles King-Farlow and Heather Johnson and Emma Kinloch.

Athenaeum vs Hurlingham Club

We were  guests of the Hurlingham on 21 March 2024 for another new fixture. Unfortunately our team got off to a bad start for which a spirited second half recovery couldn't compensate. The Hurlingham won by a comfortably by 35 IMPs. We were represented by Catherine Rice-Evans and Rex Goad, Pascal Ricketts and Michael Oppenheimer, John Neilson and Nita Wheeler and Robert Ashdown and Laurence Benson.

Athenaeum vs Garrick

We enjoyed a convivial evening at the Garrick on 18 April 2024 and managed to come away with a victory by 25 IMPs.  The Athenaeum was represented by John Neilson and Nita Wheeler, James Cooper and Geoffrey Lloyd, Charles King-Farlow and Andrew Harris and Catherine Rice-Evans and Rex Goad.



Welcome to Bridge at The Athenaeum
Inter-Club Duplicate at the Athenaeum
Inter-Club Duplicate at the Athenaeum

This is the website for inter-club duplicate tournaments, held with a 6.35pm prompt start on the 3rd Tuesday of most months at the Athenaeum Club in London's Pall Mall.  Dinner is held at around 8.30pm, shortly after the mid-point for the evening's hands.

Members of a St James's or other kindred club wishing to play in these sessions should contact Christina Hemmett at Players are requested not to invite professionals as partners.

Sir Basil Hall Trophy

The Sir Basil Hall Challenge Trophy is awarded to the player with the highest average percentage score over their best five Interclub appearances during the season, not more than three of which are with the same partner and subject to a minimum of five appearances. The winner must be a current member of a St James's or kindred club.

The Trophy was keenly contested during the 2022-2023 season with Athenaeum members occupying the top three positions. Geoff Lloyd won by a small margin from Bill Shanahan with John Neilson in third position. The latest round in the 2023-2024 competition was won by Colin Freeman and Howard Salter. Randa Snow and Richard Herner finished in  second place. The final event, which will decide this year's winner, will be held on 16 July.


Centenary Cup at RAC

The photograph above shows the Athenaeum team which participated in the Centenary Cup on 20 May 2024. From left to right: Charles King-Farlow, Andrew Harris, Catherine Rice-Evans, Emma Kinloch, John Neilson, Heather Johnson, James Cooper, Geoffrey Lloyd. The Cup was won by a strong MCC team. Our thanks go to the RAC for continuing to organise this event and to Victor Lesk for his usual efficient but relaxed directing.

Athenaeum Interclub Pairs
Director: Gitte
Athenaeum Interclub Pairs
Director: Gitte