The number of Italians living in the United Kingdom is estimated to be over five hundred thousand. As His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales, told us when he visited Italy last year, these compatriots, “have chosen to live their lives in Britain.” Il Club, which originated from the need to create a source of information for discussing British culture at a complex moment in history, dominated by the effects of the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union, has a great interest in Britain’s Italian community. Il Club, the new magazine project, aims to become a small, but important point of reference for the numerous Italians who live and work in the United Kingdom. We would like Il Club’s small, precious community (the magazine’s readers and those who attend our events) to know about and share what happens across the Channel. Il Club is the magazine founded to celebrate this special relationship, which has lasted 20 centuries and unites Italy and Britain. We believe in common values, those that lay the foundations for democracy and the rule of law, and Brexit must never destroy our connection.
Il Club met the Italian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Raffaele Trombetta, at the Italian embassy located at Number 4 Grosvenor Square in London. The history of the embassy building and its collection of artworks make it a fascinating place. The land on which the square is now located and the surrounding area were once part of the Ebury estate, which belonged to Westminster Abbey and was later passed to the Crown. After presenting His Excellency with our new editorial initiatives, he was given “the little dog”, the symbol of our magazine.