The London Sketch Club

The London Sketch Club is a lively private members’ club for both professional and amateur artists. The club holds life drawing and portrait sessions where members, and non-members, sketch and draw in a unique convivial atmosphere.

Life drawing & portrait sessions

Non-members are welcome to join us for our Thursday life drawing & and portrait sessions. These relaxed and informal sessions are held every Thursday at our studio in Chelsea, London.

Sketching session calendar 
Thursday open portrait session

About the London Sketch Club

Founded in 1898 by some of the eminent commercial artists & illustrators of the day, the club is run entirely voluntarily. It welcomes non-members to sketch on Thursdays.

About the club 
Thursday open life drawing session

The London Sketch Club 1898-2023

A visual celebration

This book tells the story of the club through the work of its highly talented and often characterful members. The illustrations, from the club’s archives, date back to the club’s founding on April Fool’s Day in 1898.

Book details 
The london sketch club 1898-2023 - a visual celebration

Venue hire

Our historic studio, with a bar and kitchen, is available for hire on a one-off or regular basis for art classes, meetings, talks, concerts, buffets, and parties.

Hire the club 
The London Sketch Club studio set up for a concert