London, United Kingdom Reciprocal Club – East India Club

16 St. James’ Square
London   SW1Y 4LH

Tel: 44-020-7930-1000
Fax: 44-020-7321-0217
Overnight Accommodations: Yes

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  1. John D. Woodward says:

    Bottom Line: I stayed at the EIC in March 2011. This was a great experience; the EIC is a reasonably-priced club with a friendly membership and helpful staff. My single en suite room rate, which included a full English breakfast, was ~110 pounds (~$180) per night, much less expensive than equivalent hotels. The room was small and old fashioned but perfectly adequate for a solo traveler.

    About EIC: Originally started in the mid-nineteenth century as a London haven for East India Company officers and staff, the EIC’s current membership is male-only and largely drawn from graduates of British private high schools (“public schools”). The EIC is a classic, traditional gentleman’s club, with the cheapest bar prices in the area.

    Location: The EIC is conveniently located off St. James Square, within walking distance of the Piccadilly tube station. Nearby attractions, within a short walk, include the “In and Out” Club, which is another reciprocal, and the many haberdasheries and shops on Jermyn Street. The nearby Red Lion Pub is also worth a visit.

    Note: The EIC has a strict dress code. The American Bar serves snacks but meals are taken in the impressive dining room on the main floor or light meals in the upstairs drawing room.

    EIC Military Trivia: During World War 2, General Eisenhower’s headquarters at “Norfolk House” was located on St. James Square across from the EIC. The club billeted American and Canadian military officers. The EIC suffered bomb damage from a German air raid. As a gesture of appreciation, the American and Canadian military officers donated funds to help repair the club. As a result, the EIC has an impressive “American Bar” and “Canadian Room” named in their honor.

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