The Gentlemen’s Clubs of St. James: Victorian London’s Prestigious Location

Online Walking Tour

While it is said that London is one of the more unplanned of great world cities and there is less “grand design” in its growth, little happened completely by accident. For example, the concentration of the gentlemen’s clubs in the small area around St. James, and their explosive growth in the latter half of the 19th century was not a historical or geographical accident. On this live virtual walk, accredited City of London and City of Westminster Tour Guide, Mark Rowland, will lead us to many of the remaining clubs on the route and discuss the influences on their growth and decline: the birth and growth of Empire and the Industrial Revolution; the Victorian social mores that had to be overcome by ambitious young men; the upheavals (and fire) that changed the political landscape forever; and the sheer bombast of the age that created some of the finest Neo-classical buildings in London. Mark will discuss how the location was the most important feature of the clubs and explain why they sprang up where they did, and how a combination of their own ever-reaching ambitions and the growth of transport and communications technology led to a decline during the following centuries.

This virtual tour will be presented live, and our guide will give an illustrated presentation of the tour route with an accompanying talk. Live attendees will have the opportunity to interact via video, audio, and chat during or after the program.

Live tour limited to 30 members.

East India Club, London


Friday, October 9 | 2:00 p.m. – approx. 3:00 p.m. (eastern)

Online via Zoom Webinar

$30 Royal Oak Members


Rent the recorded tour to watch at your leisure for 72 hours between Saturday, October 10 and Monday, October 12

$30 Royal Oak Members

The rental of the tour will be hosted on the Zoom website and only available for streaming until Monday, October 12 at 11:59 p.m. (eastern).  The video will not be available after that date and time. It cannot be downloaded.