Jan 18th 2011
We all know that the phrase “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” comes from “What happens on tour, stays on tour”. But - what is the British equivalent?
The Chatham House Rule. This phrase means that when conducting a meeting or discussion, it can be held under the Chatham House Rule, whereby attendees are free to use the information they hear/discuss/receive, but they cannot reveal the identity of who they heard it from, or who else was in attendance – preventing formal attribution.
It originates from the Royal Institute of International Affairs, which is now known as Chatham House. The rule was formed in 1927.
At times in jest, the associated phrase of “You may be quoted, but you cannot be fired” may be used in tandem with the phrase.
Therefore, to coin a new phrase, What happens in London, stays at Chatham House!