Penn Club, London

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The Penn Club

The Penn Club is a private members' club in Bloomsbury in central London. It was established in 1920 and has strong bonds with the Quaker community.

While it is affiliated with a private club, anyone can rent a room.


The club is housed in three Georgian houses at 21–23 Bedford Place, just off Russell Square.


The Penn Club was established in 1920 with surplus funds left over from the Friends Ambulance Unit, active during World War I. The club maintains a considerable collection of books and resources on Quaker traditions and customs.

On the 31st January, 2021, it was announced that after 101 years the club would close at the end of March, as a result of ongoing fiscal challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Famous Residents[edit]

The novelist John Wyndham[1] and his fiancée[2] lived there for several years.


  1. ^ "John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris", Book drum (author profile), Wyndham had been living in the Penn Club in Bedford Place.
  2. ^ Ketterer, David (Nov 2009), "Introduction: a ground-breaking cloned Nazis thriller", Plan for Chaos, Grace Isobel Wilson (who had occupied room 44 next door to his room 45 in the Penn Club.

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Coordinates: 51°31′14″N 0°7′30″W / 51.52056°N 0.12500°W / 51.52056; -0.12500