The oldest club in Pall Mall
The Club was founded in 1819, 'for gentlemen who had travelled out of the British Isles to a distance of at least five hundred miles from London in a direct line'. Membership was extended to foreign visitors and diplomats posted to London.
The original concept of The Club dates from the return to peace in Europe following the Napoleonic Wars. The founders envisaged a club where gentlemen who travelled abroad might meet and offer hospitality to distinguished foreign visitors. Arrangements for the establishment of The Club were finalised at a meeting in the spring of 1819, attended by distinguished diplomats, travellers and two future Prime Ministers (the Earl of Aberdeen and Viscount Palmerston).
The head of Ulysses was adopted as the Club symbol.
The Club was first housed at 12 Waterloo Place but soon outgrew the space and so moved to 49 Pall Mall (opposite the Oxford and Cambridge Club).
In 1826 money was raised to lease part of the grounds of Carlton House and Sir Charles Barry, who later designed the Houses of Parliament and the Reform Club next door, was appointed as architect.
Membership is by election.
A prospective Candidate must be proposed and seconded by current Members who have personally known the Candidate for longer than three years.
Dress Code and Etiquette
Although the Travellers is a gentlemen's club, ladies are welcome as guests. Unfortunately we are not able to welcome children under the age of 14 years.
Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the building. Mobile phones should be turned off when entering the Clubhouse and may only be used in the phone booths in the lift lobby or in the front hall by reception. Business papers should not to be displayed in the public rooms; those wishing to conduct business may do so in the main hall, or may hire a meeting room for the purpose.
The Travellers has a formal dress code (jacket and tie, or national dress – no training shoes or denim) throughout the building, other than for those staying in the Clubhouse and taking breakfast. Ladies are expected to dress to a similar standard.