Celebrating the best of Fleet Street at “The Long Lunch”

London Press Club members and guests paid their annual homage to “Fleet Street” with this year’s Long Lunch event taking place at no better fitting ale house than Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese.

More than 100 members and guests mingled throughout the afternoon in the historic Cellar Bar and ante rooms of the historic Cheshire Cheese to mark the third anniversary of the last working journalists leaving Fleet Street.

Many journalists who attended told of how they had spent many an hour at the “Cheese” when they worked on the nationals in Fleet Street. Other younger Press Club members just revelled in this history listening to stories of bygone years of exclusives, deadlines… and long lunches!

David Leighton, Group Head of Corporate Affairs at Associated British Ports who once again sponsored the Long Lunch, said he was delighted to support the Press Club. “It is a wonderful way of marking the end of such an historic part of newspaper history,” he said.

Event organiser and Press Club director David Selves said: “It was another great event commemorating the past and looking forward to an exciting and challenging future and our thanks to Associated British Ports for their continued support.”

Richard Dymond

Honorary Treasurer and Director of the London Press Club and the London Press Club Ball.

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