Victorian London - Entertainment and Recreation - Clubs - Orleans Club

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Orleans Club, King-street, is established not only to provide a town house for members of the Orleans Club, Twickenham, but also for the convenience of gentlemen and their friends who are not members of the above club. Proprietary. Members of the Orleans Club, Twickenham, pay an annual subscription of £8 8s., without entrance fee. Non-members of the Orleans Club pay an entrance fee of £5 5s., and an annual subscription of £8 8s. Election by committee. Each member, in addition to all the privileges of the club, is entitled to admit two ladies to the ladies’ coffee-room and private dining-rooms. The general rules are similar to those of the Orleans Club, Twickenham.

Orleans Club, Orleans House, Twickenham—The Orleans Club is intended as an agreeable country resort, not only to members, but to their families and friends, and as a rendezvous for members of the Four-in-hand and Coaching Clubs. Entrance fee, £15 15s.; annual subscription, £10 10s. The members of the Orleans Club Town House pay an entrance fee of £10 10s., and an annual subscription of £10 10s. Each member, in addition to all the privileges of the club, is entitled to admit two ladies without payment on any day; and, by payment of £1 1s. extra per annum, to give one additional order for a lady for free admission daily. Each member is provided with as many vouchers as he may require, to write orders for the admission of his friends by payment. The charge for admission to the holders of payment vouchers is 5s. on every day excepting those fixed by the committee as special days, when the admission is 10s., or such sum as the committee shall name, not exceeding £1. The number of friends (ladies or gentlemen) introduced by a member as dinner guests on a Saturday or Sunday must not exceed four. No person is eligible for admission who is not received in general society. The committee only elect by ballot, one black ball in every three excluding. Arty member can retain a bedroom for himself, provided there shall be one vacant, or can engage bedrooms for his friends on application (with forty-eight hours’ notice) to the manager, who shall submit their names to the committee for approval. 

Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879

Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - Orleans House, Twickenham

Orleans House, Twickenham - photograph


Orleans House is so called because Louis Philippe lived therein for some years while Duke of Orleans. It was built by the Secretary for Scotland, Johnstone, in the reign of Queen Anne; the octagonal room to the left was specially constructed for the reception of Queen Caroline, the consort of George II. The Duc d'Aumale also lived at Orleans House until he was allowed to return to France, and another royalty in exile who occupied the mansion for a while was Don Canoe. For some years the house was the headquarters of the Orleans Club, but after the break-up of this Club in 1883 it passed into private hands. Orleans House faces the Thames, and its grounds, which extend to the riverside, are delightfully planted, the utmost advantage having been taken of the fruitful soil.