List of London's gentlemen's clubs

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This is a list of gentlemen's clubs in London, England, including those no longer functioning and some which are fictional.

Current clubs[edit]

Name Est. Location Located Since Affiliation Full Women Members Since Max Entrance Fee Max Annual Fee Current Royal Patron Website
Alpine Club 1857 8 St Martin's Place, near Trafalgar Square (19th century); 55-56 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch 1991 Mountaineering  ? £0 £50 Duke of Edinburgh [1]
Army and Navy Club (The "Rag") 1837 36-39 Pall Mall 1963 Army and Navy officers 1995 £0 £510 The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Duke of Kent [2]
Arts Club 1863 17 Hanover Square (19th century); 40 Dover Street, London W1 1896 The Arts, Literature, Science 1946 £2000 £1500 Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales [3]
The Athenaeum 1824 107 Pall Mall 1830 The Arts, Literature, and the Church 2002 £560 £1200 - [4]
Beefsteak Club 1876 9 Irving Street, near Leicester Square 1876 Social No women members or visitors £465 £465 - -
Boodle's 1762 28 St James's Street 1782 Aristocratic; Tory - £1245 £1245 - [5]
Brooks's 1764 60 St James's Street 1778 Aristocratic; Whig - £1225 £1225 - [6]
Buck's Club 1919 18 Clifford Street, Mayfair 1919 Social - £0 £1400 Duke of Kent [7]
Caledonian Club 1891 Charles II Street, near St James's Square (1891–1917); 33 St James's Square (1917–1946); 9 Halkin Street, Belgravia (current) 1946 Scottish 2011 £750 £1090 - [8]
Canning Club (formerly the Argentine Club) 1911 4 St James's Square (sharing premises of the Naval and Military Club) 1999 Social; Latin America, Spain, Portugal  ?  ?  ? The Queen [9]
Carlton Club 1832 Carlton House Terrace, 94 Pall Mall (1835–1941); 69 St James's Street 1943 Political; Conservative; Tory 2008 £900 £1210 - [10]
Cavalry and Guards Club (The merged Cavalry Club and Guards Club) 1810 (Guards' Club); 1890 (Cavalry Club); 1976 (merged club) 127 Piccadilly 1908 Cavalry and Guards regiments - £650 £650 Duke of Edinburgh, Duke of Kent [11]
Chelsea Arts Club 1891 143 Old Church Street, Chelsea ? The Arts 1976 £150 £454 - [12]
City Livery Club 1914 Victoria Embankment (1914–1923); Bow Lane, Cheapside, (1923–1927); The Chapter House, St Paul's Churchyard (1927–1940); Butcher's Hall, Bartholomew's Close (1941–1944); Victoria Embankment (1944–1996); Insurance Hall, Aldermanbury (1996–2003); 38 St Mary Axe (2003–2010); Bell Wharf Lane, Upper Thames Street (current) 2010 The City  ? £0 £225 Duke of Edinburgh [13]
City of London Club 1832 19 Old Broad Street, City of London (since 1834) 1834 City professions 2011 £200 £950 Duke of Edinburgh [14]
City University Club 1895 50 Cornhill 1895 The City, Oxbridge Graduates  ? £0 £950 - [15]
Civil Service Club 1953 13-15 Great Scotland Yard 1953 Civil Service  ? £0 £53 The Queen [16]
East India Club (in full: The East India, Devonshire, Sports and Public Schools' Club) 1849 16 St James's Square 1866 Originally for East India Company, since 1972 merger with the Public Schools' Club primarily aligned with public schools - £940 £940 - [17]
Eccentric Club 1781 (original Eccentric Club); refounded in 1858, 1890, and 2008 69 Brook Street (sharing premises of the Savile Club) 2009 Social; eccentricity; philanthropy 1984 £0 £350 Duke of Edinburgh [18]
Farmers Club 1842 3 Whitehall Court 1942 Agriculture and landowning ? £270 £346 The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Countess of Wessex, Duke of Gloucester [19]
Flyfishers' Club 1884 69 Brook Street (sharing premises of the Savile Club)  ? Flyfishing - £382 £526 Prince of Wales [20]
Garrick Club 1831 35 King Street, Covent Garden (early in its history); 15 Garrick Street, Covent Garden 1864 The Arts and Theatre - £1200 £1200 Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales [21]
Hurlingham Club 1869 Ranelagh Gardens, Fulham 1869 Sports  ? £150  ? Duke of Edinburgh [22]
Lansdowne Club 1935 9 Fitzmaurice Place, Berkeley Square 1935 Social 1935 £1000 £925 - [23]
London Sketch Club 1898 7 Dilke Street, Chelsea 1957 Sketch artists - £25 £50 - [24]
Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) 1787 Lords Cricket Ground, St John's Wood 1814 Cricket & Real Tennis 1998 £776 £466[1] The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh [25]
National Liberal Club 1882 Northumberland Avenue (1882-7, and 1916-9 while the clubhouse was requisitioned in World War I); 1 Whitehall Place (current) 1887 Political; Liberal 1976 £340 £640 - [26]
Naval Club (formerly RNVR (Auxiliary Patrol) Club (1919–1946), RNVR Club (1946–1969)) 1919 38 Hill Street, Mayfair 1946 Naval reservists; later naval officers ? £150 £490 The Queen [27]
The In & Out

(Naval and Military Club)

1862 94 Piccadilly (1870s-1999; with prominent "In" and "Out" signs on the gateposts);

4 St James's Square (current)

1999 Originally Officers of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and the Army 1966 £250 £1,730 Duke of Edinburgh [28]
Den Norske Klub 1887 4 St James's Square (sharing premises of the Naval and Military Club) 1999 Norway Harald V, King of Norway [29]
New Cavendish Club 1920 28 Cavendish Square (1920–1959);

44-48 Great Cumberland Place, Fitzrovia

1959 Originally Ladies only, and for veteran nurses of the Voluntary Aid Detachment of the First World War 1920 (Originally Ladies only; now Ladies and Gentlemen) £175 £375 - [30]
Oriental Club 1824 18 Hanover Square (1824–1962); Stratford House, Stratford Place 1962 Founded for East India Company; now social 2010 £850 £850 - [31]
Oxford and Cambridge Club (called the United Oxford and Cambridge Club, 1971–2001) 1821 (United University Club); 1830 (Oxford and Cambridge Club); 1971 (merged club) 71-76 Pall Mall 1837 Graduates of Oxford and Cambridge 1996 £0 £1030 Duke of Edinburgh, Duke of Gloucester [32]
Portland Club (formerly the Stratford Club until 1825) 1815 (circa) 94 Piccadilly (sharing the premises of the Naval and Military Club between 1969 and the 1990s); 69 Brook Street (current, sharing premises of the Savile Club) 1990s Cards -  ?  ? - -
Pratt's 1857 14 Park Place, St James's 1857 Aristocratic -  ?  ? - -
Queen's Club 1886 Palliser Road, Hammersmith  ? Sports  ?  ?  ? Duchess of Gloucester [33]
Reform Club 1836 104-105 Pall Mall 1841 Originally Liberal, now social. Members still sign a declaration agreeing to the principles of the 1832 Reform Act. 1981 £1842 £1416 Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall [34]
Roehampton Club 1901 Roehampton Lane, Roehampton 1901 (site); 1960s (buildings) Sports  ?  ?  ? - [35]
Royal Air Force Club 1918 128 Piccadilly 1922 RAF officers  ? £200 £200 The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke of Cambridge, Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra, The Hon Lady Ogilvy [36]
Royal Anglo-Belgian Club 1942 6 Belgrave Square (1942–1978); 60 Knightsbridge (sharing premises of the Royal Thames Yacht Club, 1978–2010); 8 Northumberland Avenue (current) 2010 Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands  ? £100 £330 Duke of Brabant [37]
Royal Automobile Club 1897 89-91 Pall Mall 1911 Automobile enthusiasts  ? £3300 £1450 The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh [38]
Royal Ocean Racing Club 1925 20 St James's Place, St James's Street 1942 Yachting enthusiasts  ? £109 £219 The Queen [39]
Royal Over-Seas League (formerly the Over-Seas Club) 1910 4 Park Place, St James's and 100 Princes Street Edinburgh 1921 Commonwealth citizens, affiliate membership available for other nationalities; Music and the Arts; Travellers. 1910 £314 £314 The Queen, Princess Alexandra, The Hon Lady Ogilvy [40]
Royal Thames Yacht Club 1775 7 Albemarle Street (19th century); 60 Knightsbridge late 1940s Yachting enthusiasts  ? £0 £965 Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Royal, Duke of York, Duke of Kent [41]
Savage Club 1857 Crown Tavern, Vinegar Yard, Drury Lane (1857–1858); Nell Gwynne Tavern, Bull Inn Court, Strand (1858); Catherine Street, Covent Garden (1858–1859); Lyceum Tavern, 354 Strand (1859–1862); Gordon Hotel, Covent Garden (1862–1866); Ashley's Hotel, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden (1866–1869); Gordon Hotel, Covent Garden (1869–1873); Evans's Hotel, Covent Garden (1873–1876); Haxell's Hotel, Strand (1876–1879); Caledonian Hotel, Robert Street, Adelphi (1879–1881); Lancaster House, Savoy (1881–1889); 6-7 Adelphi Terrace (1889–1936); 1 Carlton House Terrace (1936–1963); 1 Whitehall Place (1963–1965, sharing premises of the National Liberal Club); 37 King Street, Covent Garden (1965–1968); 86 St. James's Street (1968–1975, sharing premises of the Constitutional Club); 9 Fitzmaurice Place (1975–1990, sharing premises of the Lansdowne Club); 1 Whitehall Place (current, sharing premises of the National Liberal Club) 1990 The Arts, science and law - £500 £718 - [42]
Savile Club 1868 9 Spring Gardens (1868–1871); 12 Savile Row (1871–1882); 107 Piccadilly (1882–1927); 69 Brook Street (current) 1927 Conviviality, from the Arts to the Sciences - £250 £965 - [43]
Special Forces Club 1945 8 Herbert Crescent, Knightsbridge 1945 Members of Special Operations Executive, British intelligence and UK Special Forces. Officers from foreign special forces and intelligence agencies. 1945 £150 £400 Princess Royal [44]
Travellers Club 1819 12 Waterloo Place, near Pall Mall (1819–1821); 49 Pall Mall (1821–1827); 106 Pall Mall (current) 1827 Travel - members must have travelled more than 500 miles distant from London - £1170 £1170 Duke of Edinburgh [45]
Turf Club 1861 Bennett Street, Piccadilly (1861–1965), 5 Carlton House Terrace (current) 1965 Aristocratic; social, sports & cards - £915 £915 - -
University Women's Club (originally the University Club for Ladies) 1887 31 New Bond Street (1887–1909); 34 George Street, near Hanover Square; South Audley Street, Mayfair; 2 Audley Square, Mayfair (current) 1921 University graduates Ladies only since foundation £150 £576 - [46]
Victory Services Club 1907 63-79 Seymour Street, Fitzrovia 1948 Army, Navy and Air Force personnel  ? £0 £20 HRH The Duchess of Cornwall [47]
White's Club 1693 37 St James's Street 1778 Aristocratic; social No women members or visitors £1275 £1275 - -

Defunct or merged clubs[edit]

Name Established Clubhouse location(s) Affiliation Fate
1920 Club 1920 2 Whitehall Court Political; Liberal Closed in 1923
Albemarle Club (Ladies and Gentlemen) 1874 13 Albemarle Street (from 1874); 37 Dover Street (by the 1910s); 21 Curzon Street (by the 1940s) Social Closed in 1941
Almack's Club (Ladies and Gentlemen) 1765 King Street, St James's (1765–1867) Social; especially card games Closed in1867; a 'refounded' Almack's operated from 1908 to 1961
American Club 1919 95 Piccadilly American Closed in the 1980s
Argentine Club 1910 1 Hamilton Place, near Piccadilly Social Later became the present-day Canning Club
Arthur's 1827 69 St James's Street Social; non-political Closed in 1940. Building later taken over by the Carlton Club; ironic, given its avowedly non-political membership.
Bachelors' Club c.1881 106 Piccadilly Bachelors Closed in late 1940s
Badminton Club 1875 100 Piccadilly Sports; driving (horses and coaches were owned by the club) Dissolved in 1938, as by then horse transport was becoming anachronistic; Clubhouse taken over by the Public Schools Club
Bath Club 1894 34 Dover Street (1894–1941); 74 St James's Street (1950–1959); 43 Brook Street (1959–1981) Sports; the club offered a swimming pool Original clubhouse bombed in the Blitz. Relocated club closed in 1981 - members dispersed to other Clubs including the Oriental Club
Beaconsfield Club 1880 66-68 Pall Mall (1880–1887) Political; Conservative Closed circa 1887/1888; Clubhouse taken over by the Unionist Club
Beefsteak Club 1705 Imperial Phiz public house, Old Jewry Social; Whig Closed circa 1712
Burlington Fine Arts Club 1866 177 Piccadilly (1866–1869); 17 Savile Row (1869–1952) The Arts Closed in 1952
Cavalry Club 1890 127 Piccadilly Cavalry officers Merged with the Guards' Club in 1976 to form the present Cavalry and Guards Club
Cobden Club 1866 ? Political; Free Trade doctrine Closed in the 1970s
Commonwealth Club 1868 25 Northumberland Avenue formerly headquarters of the Royal Commonwealth Society Closed June 2013. The RCS still exists as a charity.
Conservative Club 1840 88 St James's Street (1841–1845); 74 St James's Street (1841–1950) Political; Conservative Merged with the Bath Club in 1950, taking on the name of the Bath Club, but moving to the Conservative Club's premises.
Constitutional Club 1883 28 Northumberland Avenue (1886–1959); 40 Pall Mall, sharing the premises of the Junior Carton Club (1962–1964); 116 Pall Mall, sharing the premises of the United Service Club (1964-late 1960s); St. James's Street (1970s) Political; Conservative Closed in 1979; membership merged with the St. Stephen's Club
Crockford's 1793 50 St James's Street Social; especially card games Closed in 1845; clubhouse taken over by the Military, Naval and County Service Club, and then the Devonshire Club. Re-founded in 1928, closed in 1970.
Devonshire Club 1874 50 St James's Street Political; initially Liberal but later largely apolitical Closed in 1976; membership merged with the present East India Club
Eccentric Society Club (1) 1781 Various addresses around Covent Garden Social Closed in 1846
Eccentric Society Club (2) 1858 Leicester Square Social Closed in 1881
Eccentric Club (3) 1890 9 Ryder Street, St James's Social Closed in 1984 for refurbishment, went into liquidation in 1986; in 1985 most members were elected to the present East India Club, and still meet there to this day. In 2008 a group started an endeavour to re-establish the Eccentric Club [48]
Eighty Club 1880 ? Political; Liberal Closed in 1900s
Green Room Club 1877 10 Adelphi Terrace (1877–1883); 22 King Street, Covent Garden (1883); 20 Bedford Street, near Strand (1883–1903); 46 Leicester Square (1903–1940); Whitcomb Street, near Leicester Square (1940–1954); 8-9 Adam Street, near Strand (1955–2000) The Arts and theatre Closed in 2000 [49]
Gresham Club 1843 1 King William Street (1844-1910s); Gresham Place (early 1910s); 15 Abchurch Lane, near King William Street (1915–1991), The City; Merchants and bankers Closed in 1991
Guards' Club 1810 70 Pall Mall Officers of the Household Cavalry and Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish, and Welsh regiments of Foot Guards. Closed in 1976, and merged with the Cavalry Club to form the present Cavalry and Guards Club
Gun Club Late 19th century? ? Pigeon hunters Closed
Hogarth Club 1858 84 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia Artists Closed in 1861
Irish Club 1952 Eaton Square, and latterly Blackfriars Closed in 2012
Isthmian Club 1882 105, Piccadilly Rowing, cricket
Jockey Club 1750 Pall Mall Horse racing; primarily for racehorse owners Still exists today, but has moved out of London to Newmarket
Junior Athenaeum 1864 116 Piccadilly The Arts, science, or the clergy Closed
Junior Carlton Club 1866 30 Pall Mall (1868–1968); 94 Pall Mall (1968–1977) Political; Conservative Closed in 1977; membership merged with the present Carlton Club
Junior Constitutional Club 1887 101 Piccadilly Political; Conservative Closed
Junior Naval and Military Club 1870 19 Dover Street (1870–1875); 66-68 Pall Mall (1875–1979) Army and Navy officers The cost of the club's elaborate, purpose-built Pall Mall clubhouse bankrupted the club, and it closed in 1879. The building was then acquired by the Beaconsfield Club.
Kennel Club 1873 29a Pall Mall Dog lovers Still exists today as a society, but no longer provides club facilities.
King of Clubs 1798- ?1830 Crown & Anchor; Freemasons' Tavern; Grillions; Clarendon Hotel High Whig
Military, Naval and County Service Club Nov. 1848 50 St James's Street active & retired military officers, including East India Company, Militia and Yeomanry. Founded as the Military and County Service Club, renamed St James's Club c.1850 and dissolved in July 1851. The club used the premises of the former Crockford's Club. Later on the premises were used by the Wellington Dining Rooms, the St George's Club and the Devonshire Club.
National Sporting Club 1891 43 King Street, Covent Garden Sports; Boxing Closed
National Union 1887 ? Political; Unionist Closed in 1890s
New University Club 1864 57 St James's Street; later 6 St James's Street Graduates of Oxford and Cambridge Merged with the United University Club in 1938, which itself merged with the Oxford and Cambridge Club in 1971.
Palace Club 1882 ? Political; Conservative Closed in 1900s
Portland Club Late 19th century? 1 Portland Place Gambling Closed
Press Club 1882 Wine Office Court, near Fleet Street Journalism Clubhouse closed in 1986. Press Club still exists today as a society, but no longer offers club facilities [50]
Primrose Club 1886 4&5 Park Place, St James's Street[2] Political; Conservative Closed in 1910s
Public Schools Club 1909-1915; 1918-1972 134 Albermarle Street (1909–1913); 19 Berkeley Street (1913–1915); Curzon Street (1920–1938); 100 Piccadilly (1938–1972) Alumni of the British public schools Merged with the present East India Club on 1 May 1972, now providing the bulk of their membership
Raleigh Club Late 19th century? Regent Street Members had to have served a year in the armed forces, or be an existing member of another club Closed
Road Club Late 19th century? 4 Park Place, St James's Enthusiasts for the revival of coaching Closed
Royal Aero Club, formerly the Aero Club (1901–1909) 1901 119 Piccadilly (1901–1961); 9 Fitzmaurice Place (inside the Lansdowne Club, 1961–1968); 94 Pall Mall (inside the Junior Carlton Club, 1968–1970); 116 Pall Mall (inside the United Service Club, 1970–1977) "the encouragement of aero-automobilism and ballooning as a sport" Merged into the British Gliding Association in 1977 - no longer provides club facilities.
St James's Club (1) c.1850 50 St James's Street ? Closed in 1851, late the Military, Naval and County Service Club, formerly the Military and County Service Club.
St James's Club (2) 1857 106 Piccadilly Members of the British diplomatic service, and foreign diplomats in Britain Closed in 1978, and membership merged with Brooks' .
St Stephen's Club 1870 Bridge Street, Westminster (19th century); 34 Queen Anne's Gate, near St James's Park (1962-2013) Political; Conservative Closed 2013
Sports Club 1893 8 St James's Square Sports Merged with the present East India Club in 1938
Union Club 1800 Trafalgar Square Social Closed in 1949, was then at 86 St James's Street until 1960s merging with the United Service Club; clubhouse is now Canada House
Unionist Club 1886 66-68 Pall Mall Political; Liberal Unionist Closed in 1892; clubhouse acquired by the New Oxford and Cambridge Club
United Club Late 19th century? Charles Street, near Berkeley Square Linked to the United Hotel, with additional facilities for members Closed
United Empire Club 1904 101 Piccadilly Global Reform; Closed
United Service Club

("The Senior")

1815 116 Pall Mall Senior officers (Major/Commander and above) in the army and navy Closed in 1978; clubhouse is now the Institute of Directors
United University Club 1821 1 Suffolk Street, near Pall Mall (1826–1971) Graduates of Oxford and Cambridge Merged with the present Oxford and Cambridge Club in 1971. Clubhouse is now the London centre of the University of Notre Dame
Watier's ? 81 Piccadilly ? Closed
Wellington Club Early 20th century? ? ? Closed
York Club Mid/late 19th century 8 St James's Square (1886-88) ? Closed. Building later acquired by the Junior Travellers' Club, then the Sports Club.

Fictional clubs[edit]

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See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ From notice of 227th AGM
  2. ^ London Street Directory for 1902

References[edit]

  • Sheppard, F. H. W., ed. (1960). "Pall Mall, North Side, Existing Buildings". Survey of London: volumes 29 and 30: St James Westminster, Part 1. Institute of Historical Research. pp. 339–345. Retrieved April 2012. 
  • The Gentlemen's Clubs of London by Anthony Lejeune, first published 1979, most recently in 2012 by Stacey International.

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