"The panelled coffee room of the Reform Club"

 The Reform Club is a gentlemen's club in Pall Mall in central London. Founded in 1832, it has admitted female members since 1981. The club building, which dates from 1841, was designed by Charles Barry in the style of an Italian palazzo.

 

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The club was originally formed as a meeting place for members of the Liberal Party, though it has since lost its party political associations. Famous members of the club include Winston Churchill, E. M. Forster, Henry James, Lord Palmerston, William Makepeace Thackeray, and H. G. Wells. The club appears in Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days as the place in which the bet that sets off the voyage takes place.