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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2 Responses to London, United Kingdom Reciprocal Club – East India Club

  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.

  2. steven schrenzel says:

    I have stayed at The East India Club about 10 times over the last 4 years as I have frequent business meetings and conferences in and about London. It is a clean safe place where I have grown to feel as home as I do it our building in San Francisco. The staff is excellent and the dining room which serves a traditional English breakfast each morning is a great combination of traditional English with an ever changing offering of far eastern cuisine. The wine steward is very knowledgeable and their collection is excellent and very fairly priced.

    The location, explained by the prior comment, is also a short walk from the West End theatrical area as well as Pall Mall. I have never asked them to handle any bookings but I do not believe they offer that service. Booking in London is quite simple.

    One nearby restaurant worth mentioning is Avenue and you are also only a few blocks from China Town.

    The only downside is that they are sold out for events from time to time so I suggest booking early.

    You will enjoy.

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