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Most of London’s original Gentlemen’s clubs (women have only recently been allowed to join many of them) are around St James’s, where bored young men about town could pass the time while waiting to attend St James’s Palace. Luxurious club houses and long waiting lists are the norm – new members normally have to be proposed by two existing members.

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Members’ Clubs

The Travellers Club

Founded in 1819 as a meeting place for gentlemen who had travelled ‘at least 500 miles from London’. The club now spreads its net a bit wider but ladies are still welcome only as guests. It has reciprocal arrangements with some 140 other clubs around the world.

106 Pall Mall SW1
Tel: +44 (0)20 7930 8688
Tube: Green Park
www.thetravellersclub.org.uk

The Arts Club

In an historic building in Mayfair, The Arts Club was founded by artist Lord Leighton and writer Charles Dickens in 1863. It still has an Author’s Club within it, while up-to-the minute new exhibitions every month continue its arts tradition. Now open to both sexes.

40 Dover Street W1
Tel: +44 (0)20 7408 5098
Tube: Green Park
www.theartsclub.co.uk

The RAC Club

The Royal Automobile Club has been a social and automotive club for more than 100 years. Overlooking Pall Mall, the Club Room is open 24/7.  Its restaurants, steam room and large swimming pool are very popular with its 10,000 members.

89 Pall Mall SW1
Tel: +44 (0)20 7930 2345
Tube: Green Park
www.royalautomobileclub.co.uk

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White’s

The oldest and most exclusive St James’s club, with only 500 members (men only) and a nine-year waiting-list. It started in White’s Chocolate House in 1693 and famous dandy Beau Brummell used to sit in the club’s bay window so his public could see him.

37-38 St James's Street SW1

Tel: +44 (0)20 7493 6671
Tube: Green Park
www.whiteclub.com

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The In & Out

The Naval & Military Club was founded in 1862 and took its nickname from the gateposts on its former home in Piccadilly. Now open to men and women who have not served in the Armed Forces, admission is by interview. The premises are shared with the Travel Club.

4 St James's Square SW1

Tel: +44 (0)20 7827 5757
Tube: Green Park
www.navalandmilitaryclub.co.uk

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The Athenaeum

Dickens and Faraday are among former members here, most drawn from the clergy, arts and sciences, with 52 having won the Nobel Prize. Business, politics and the civil service are also now well represented and women were admitted in 2002.

107 Pall Mall SW1

Tel: +44 (0)20 7930 4843
www.athenaeumclub.co.uk