Victorian London - Entertainment and Recreation - Clubs - Union Club

UNION CLUB HOUSE, COCKSPUR STREET, and south-west end of TRAFALGAR SQUARE, (Sir Robert Smirke, R. A., architect). The Club is chiefly composed of merchants, lawyers, members of parliament, and, as James Smith, who was a member, writes, "of gentlemen at large." Entrance-money, 30 guineas; annual subscription, 6 guineas. The house is built on ground let by the Crown, for 99 years from Oct. 10th, 1822.

Peter Cunningham, Hand-Book of London, 1850

The UNION, south-west corner of Trafalgar Square, was built by Sir Robert Smirke, R.A., and the smoking-room on the summit by Decimus Burton. Its 1000 members are of all classes and professions. and boast of the largest stock of good wine of any London club. Entrance fee, 31l. 10s. (and a library fee, 1l 1s.); annual subscription, 6l. 6s.

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

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Union Club Trafalgar-square. No special qualification. Election is by ballot of members. Forty members must ballot, and one black ball in ten excludes, but “should there be any box in which forty balls at the least are not found, the candidate shall be put up again at the next ballot.” Entrance fee, £31 10s. ; subscription, £7 7s.#

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