Pubs have a long tradition on the British isles. These are places where the British people meet their friends and enjoy their ale. The name says it all as these establishments unite all classes of society. You can find them on almost every corner. There is no surprise that the Romans founded the first pubs 2,000 years ago. When they left the islands, they also left behind the popular bars that still shape the cityscape to this day. Here the elements of design such as carpets, wood, and a cosy atmosphere ensure that every visitor feels comfortable. Live broadcasts of the most popular sports on TV have a long tradition. Football, darts and pool are top-rated here. But there is a much more exclusive way of meeting like-minded people.
These are the so-called gentlemen’s clubs. They are still part of the traditions of the English upper class. The first ones date back to the 18th century. The owners founded the clubs for the gentlemen of the British elite, and for a long time, they were only open to male members. Although that has somewhat changed, around 20 of the 55 gentlemen’s clubs in London still have exclusively male members and they all have something in common.
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A typical gentleman’s club offers a restaurant, a bar, a wine cellar, and a billiard room, it may also have several salons and a library. Most members will also find a guest room and a fitness room here. Meeting areas have a touch of power and glamour. Club Boodle’s offers its members a smoking room, but smoking is strictly prohibited there.It is not for nothing that the visit is for a small circle of the rich and powerful. After all, tradition is critical in England and it will surely continue to be maintained.
The country’s elite can keep their networks here. Anyone wishing to become a member of a gentlemen’s club must first be proposed by an existing member and receive an invitation. Many of these clubs have funny traditions too. Some of them have nicknames for their staff. In Pratts, the workers are called Georgina or George, depending on gender. In The Beefsteak Club, they are called Charles.
One of the oldest and most prestigious gentlemen’s clubs is White’s Club. People consider it to be one of the most exclusive clubs ever. Not for nothing; even Prince Charles is a member here. The former British Prime Minister David Cameron also spent his meagre free time here, just like his father before him. As mentioned before, they accept only men here. Women are not allowed in White’s Club. But so far, the members have made an exception for a single lady. Queen Elisabeth II has already visited the club twice. This example proves that even the strict law enforcement officers of the English gentleman’s clubs make an exception now and then. As a rule, however, these clubs are still reserved for a small but exclusive membership. Time seems to have stood still here, even if the first reforms have broken long traditions.