A place for distinguished gentlemen with an interest in travel
Members have traditionally come from the diplomatic and foreign services, explorers, politics, journalism and the law.
Early membership of the Club was dominated by outstanding representatives of the Home Civil Service and the Diplomatic Service. The Armed Forces and British and Foreign royalty were also well represented, a tradition that still continues. HRH The Prince of Wales with HRH The Duke of York, The Earl of Wessex, Duke of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent as Honorary Members. Founder members of the Club included Viscount Palmerston, Lords Auckland and Beauchamp.
Many leading statesmen have been members of the Club, including Canning, Wellington, Palmerston, Balfour and Baldwin, as well as some of the great names of exploration: Sir Francis Beaufort, Fitzroy of 'The Beagle', Sir Roderick Murchison, Sir William Parry and Sir Wilfred Thesiger.
To become an Ordinary Member, a gentleman needs to be proposed and seconded by two existing Club members.