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As we celebrate 70 years of Number 63 (Soroptimist) Ltd it seemed timely to produce a short history of this lovely building.

The book tells the story of the original build of 63 Bayswater Road (then known as 2 Marlborough Gate) sometime between 1865 and 1870 and of some of its early residents.

The story is told of the stunning Italianate window, designed by William Arthur Smith Benson, a leader of the British Arts and Crafts Movement, in the reception and bar area. The history takes readers through the identification and purchase of the property by Soroptimists in the 1940s and how members of the organisation have continued to love and nurture it through the generations which followed.

The book is packed full with personal memories and anecdotes of those who love Number 63 and have enjoyed working, relaxing and staying within her walls.

The 31 page full colour booklet, which retails at £5 in aid of the Number 63 Platinum Appeal, is available from Reception in Number 63.