The kitchen at the Reform Club, London, c 1835.
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Engraving by W Radcliffe after G B Moore showing men and women preparing food at the Reform Club on Pall Mall, London. The Reform Club was established by Liberal politicians who had sucesfully implemented the Reform Act in 1832 which gave more people the vote. Members of the Reform Club have included Henry James, H G Wells, E M Forster and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The Reform Club was also made famous as the place where Phileas Fogg accepted his wager in the book 'Around the World in 80 Days' (1873) by Jules Verne. In his book 'London in 1865: A Handbook for Strangers' (1865) Cruchley comments of the Reform Club that 'the kitchen is the finest in London'.