Naval and Military Club

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Naval and Military Club
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Entrance of the Naval and Military Club in London, with "IN" and "OUT" in humorous reference to previous Cambridge House premises
Formation 1862
Purpose Private Members Club, historically established for Army and Navy officers
Location 4 St James's Square
Website www.navalandmilitaryclub.co.uk
Cambridge House, the Club's former premises

The Naval and Military Club, also known as The In & Out, is a private members club located in St. James's Square, London, for officers and gentlemen of the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the Army and the Royal Air Force. It has latterly admitted some female members. The Club was founded in 1862 because the three then existing military clubs in London – the United Service, the Junior United Service, and the Army and Navy – were all full.

Membership was long restricted to military officers, but this is no longer the case, and now includes those who have not served in the armed forces. Members are, however expected to respect service traditions.

The club was formerly based at Cambridge House in Piccadilly opposite Green Park and came to be known as "The In & Out" from the prominent signs on the building's separate vehicle entrance and exit gates. In 1996, the club purchased its current premises at 4 St. James's Square (the former London home, from 1912 to 1942, of Nancy and Waldorf Astor); and after a programme of refurbishment, took up occupancy in 1999. To perpetuate its traditional nickname, the words "In" and "Out" were painted on the two flanking columns of the portico of the house.

The club has dining, banqueting and bar facilities, and 52 bedrooms available to members. At the front entrance, in keeping with the traditions of "Clubland", a strict dress code is imposed (jacket and tie for gentlemen, and equivalent for ladies, although "military dress can, of course, also be worn"). The rear entrance in Babmaes Street, just off Jermyn Street, is less formal: it allows direct access to the business centre, gym, swimming pool and the "Goat" bar and brasserie.

The club co-operates closely with and shares its premises with the Norwegian association Den Norske Klub and the Canning Club (formerly Argentine Club).

In 2009, the annual subscription was £895, with a reduction for country members. An additional entrance fee was payable for the first year.[1] The club no longer publicises its fees, which are only made available on receipt of an application form. Prospective members are normally required to have a proposer and seconder, both of whom must be members of two years standing, although in exceptional circumstances the Membership Committee may consider applicants without sponsors, following an interview with the Club Secretary. Serving officers in the armed forces are not required to provide sponsors, but are asked to provide evidence of current service.

Notable past members include Robert Falcon Scott, T.E. Lawrence, Rudyard Kipling and Ian Fleming.[2]

In 2011 Cambridge House, in disrepair, was acquired by property tycoons David and Simon Reuben.[3] There are plans to convert the Grade I Listed Building into a 48-room private house.

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  • Warren, John (2011). "Nicholas Hawksmoor and the Duke of Kent's Art Gallery at No. 4, St. James Square". Transactions of the Ancient Monuments Society 55: 39–52.  (on the Club's present premises)

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Coordinates: 51°30′29″N 0°08′05″W / 51.5080°N 0.1348°W / 51.5080; -0.1348