Friends excursions: Brooks’s

Private members' club

Friends events

Wednesday 13 September 2017
9.30 — 11am

Booking for Friends of the RA opens on Thursday 25 May 2017 at 10am.

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Brooks's Club exterior

© Brooks's Club

Friends of the RA are invited to tour this exclusive private members’ club situated in the heart of Mayfair, a stone’s throw from the RA.

Brooks’s was founded in March 1764 by 27 prominent Whig nobles, including the Duke of Portland, the Duke of Roxburghe and Lord Strathmore. We are privileged to be shown around the club by Mr Charles Sebag Montefiore, author of the definitive book about the club – Brooks’s 1764-2014: The Story of a Whig Club.

Originally based at 49 Pall Mall, Brooks’s is now based at 60 St James’s Street, in a building commissioned in 1777 by William Brooks and designed and constructed by the architect Henry Holland as a purpose-built clubhouse, in the Palladian style and built with elegant Portland stone. The main historic attraction of Brooks’s was its gaming rooms, where gambling took place all day and well into the night. We will tour the neoclassical interiors including the historic gaming rooms and library.

Dress code applies.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Wednesday 13 September 2017

9.30 — 11am

Meet at Brooks's Club, St James's Street, London SW1A.

£30

Booking for Friends of the RA opens on Thursday 25 May 2017 at 10am.