Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In and out Gents Toast a Grand Victory

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In and out Gents Toast a Grand Victory

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THE Naval and Military Club has secured a famous victory against mining giant Rio Tinto over the redevelopment of the Anglo-Australian company's neighbouring head office in London -- and won a [pounds sterling]2 million settlement. The ongoing disturbance caused by the construction project has riled the staid members of the St James's Square gentlemen's club, otherwise known as the In and Out, since plans to rebuild the former Libyan Embassy were unveiled in 2007.

One resourceful club member took it upon himself to examine the original properties' deeds, tracing them to the papers of Lord Lucas in the Bedfordshire County Records Office. He established that the Rio Tinto site originally housed the stables for what is now the In and Out, but was in the 19th century the London residence of Earl de Grey, Lord Lucas's ancestor.

It transpires that de Grey, then Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, inserted a restrictive covenant in the 1844 deeds to prevent any structure being built on the site that was taller than the original stables. …

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