Located in Bangalore, India, The Bangalore Club is the oldest club in the city, founded in 1868. It counts among its previous members Winston Churchill and the Maharajah of Mysore. A ledger on display in the main building of the club is open to a page that has a list of "irrecoverable debts" that were written off by the club. One of these is the sum Rs.13, owed by Winston Churchill.
Membership at present for the category of new permanent members is closed, but last when open, had a waiting list of over 30 years.
The club has limited number of restaurants, bars, libraries and sports facilities i.e.: Badminton, Squash, Billiards, Table Tennis, Swimming Pools, Tennis courts, Bridge, Gymnasium etc., and is built in the colonial style. In addition to these, it also has a number of stores for the convenience of its members, open to only club members.
Formerly known as the Bangalore United Services Club (BUS Club), it was originally formed for exclusive use by British and later, after independence, Indian military officers stationed in the cantonment. At present, it is largely a civilian club. Members of the services, however, continue to enjoy special privileges.
The club has many rules and regulations which could be more of an effect of a colonial hangover, but lately there has been a concentrated effort to rectify the same.
Members are also able to visit other affiliated clubs around India, as well as many parts of the world.
The Club has tough dress regulations at several places which upholds the tradition of the club at all times
United Services Club, Bangalore, from the Macnabb Collection (Col James Henry Erskine Reid): Album of Indian views, taken in 1902
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