Whether it’s eating, drinking and conversation, or debate, training and films, the Frontline Club offers everything you could want from a media club. With its history rooted in the freelance video news industry, the Club has drawn together a diverse group of people who share a passion for current affairs.
Set up by Vaughan Smith in 2003 in honour of colleagues at the Frontline News Television agency who died pursuing their work, the Frontline Club quickly became a centre for a diverse group of people united by their passion for quality journalism and dedication to ensuring that stories that fade from headlines are kept in sharp focus. It exists to promote freedom of expression and support journalists, cameramen and photographers who risk their lives in the course of their work.
The Frontline Club celebrates its history with a selection of artefacts and memorabilia and a permanent photographic exhibition that includes iconic images from some of the world’s finest photographers, including Robert Capa.
The Frontline Club is a social enterprise that contains two entities, the Frontline Club Charitable Trust (FCCT) and the Frontline Club Limited (FC). FC has supported FCCT over many years by funding shortfall.
FCCT, charity number 1111898, delivers an extensive programme of public events bringing together many of the world’s best journalists, photographers, filmmakers and thinkers. Its aim is to promote engagement and dialogue on international affairs, champion independent journalism and provide a diverse range of training for journalists and other media workers. It is also home to The Frontline Fund, formerly the Fixers Fund, and The Frontline Freelance Register, a self-help group for conflict freelancers.
FC is a hospitality operation that primarily runs the Frontline Club restaurant and also staffs the rest of the building, delivering food and beverage to support the members clubroom and the events space. Both the clubroom and restaurant menus include British classics, with some of the produce supplied by Vaughan Smith from his Ellingham Farm in Norfolk. FC also provides a private hire service of the events space on a commercial basis for members, organisations and individuals.
FCCT is sustained by the ticket revenue from events and the fee paid by members of the Frontline Club. All events organised and supported by FCCT are listed on the website, any events not listed are private hire and have no affiliation with FCCT.