Victorian London - Entertainment and Recreation - Clubs - Oriental Club

ORIENTAL CLUB, 18, HANOVER SQUARE, founded 1824, by Sir John Malcolm, and is composed of noblemen and gentlemen who have travelled or resided in Asia, at St. Helena, in Egypt, at the Cape of Good Hope, the Mauritius, or at Constantinople; or whose official situations connect them with the administration of our Eastern government abroad or at home. Entrance money, 20l.; annual subscription 8l. The Club possesses some good portraits of Clive, Stringer Lawrence, Sir Eyre Coote, Sir David Ochterloney, Sir G. Pollock, Sir W. Nott, Mountstuart Elphinstone, Sir. H. Pottinger, Duke of Wellington, &c.

Peter Cunningham, Hand-Book of London, 1850

The ORIENTAL, 18 Hanover Square, comprises 1000 members, - persons connected with our Eastern dependencies on Oriental literature, - who pay an entrance fee of 21l., and an annual subscription of 8l.

Cruchley's London in 1865 : A Handbook for Strangers, 1865

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Oriental Club is “composed of noblemen, M.P.’s, and gentlemen of the first distinction and character.” The Committee elect by ballot, twelve are a quorum, and three black balls exclude. Entrance fee, £31; subscription, £8 8s.

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