Oxford and Cambridge Club
|Oxford and Cambridge Club|
The Club house exterior
|Former names||The United University Club (1821), The Oxford and Cambridge University Club (1830)|
|Architectural style||Greek Revival|
|Address||71-77 Pall Mall|
|Town or city||London|
|Groundbreaking||5 November 1835|
|Opened||18 January 1838|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Sir Robert Smirke|
|Developer||Messrs Grissell and Peto of York Road Lambeth|
|Other designers||Sydney Smirke, Sir Reginald Blomfield, Paul Vonberg|
|Number of rooms||More than 40|
|Number of suites||3|
The Oxford and Cambridge Club is a traditional London Club. The Club is the result of a number of amalgamations of university clubs, most recently that of 1972 between the United University Club, founded in 1821, and the Oxford and Cambridge University Club, founded in 1830. From 1972 until 2001 the Club was known as the "United Oxford and Cambridge University Club". One of the ways in which the Club fosters its relationship with the two Universities is by offering honorary membership for their terms of office to the vice chancellors and heads of house.
Membership, which is by election, is open to those people who have received a degree or honorary degree from either the University of Oxford or the University of Cambridge, have been granted MA status or have been admitted as a full member of a college or hall in either university, or are members of the Congregation of the University of Oxford or the Regent House of the University of Cambridge.
Club House and Facilities
The Club house, a Grade II* listed building, was designed for the Oxford and Cambridge University Club by Sir Robert Smirke (perhaps best known for the British Museum). It was opened in 1838. The facade is an important example of the Greek revival style with which Smirke was particularly associated. In 1952 the Club extended its premises to incorporate the neighbouring house, 77 Pall Mall, formerly the home of Princess Marie Louise, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria.
Facilities available to members include bedrooms, an opulent Coffee Room (the traditional name for the principal dining room), serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, two bars, two squash courts, a billiard room, a well-maintained library of over 20,000 books, with its own librarian, a roof terrace and a small business area. The Club arranges social, literary and sporting events. Members may also hire the Club’s function rooms for social or business purposes.
Distinguished Past Members
- Clement, 1st Earl Attlee
- Robert, Lord Blake
- T S Eliot
- W E Gladstone
- Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston
- Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
Current Honorary Members include (in order of appointment)
- HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
- HRH The Prince of Wales
- HRH The Duke of Gloucester
- HRH The Earl of Wessex
- HM Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
- HM King Philippe of the Belgians
- HM King Harold V of Norway
The Chancellors of both Universities are Honorary Members.
- Lejeune, Anthony, with Lewis, Malcolm: The Gentlemen's Clubs of London, 1st edition by MacDonald & Janes, 1979, reprinted 1984 and 1987. ISBN 0-946495-14-9