The Club House
Eccentric as it may sound, the Eccentric Club has no clubhouse of its own. But read on!..
Like many other clubs, the Eccentric Club has changed a few of its residencies in London – from Chandos Street in Covent Garden (now – Chandos Place) to The Sutherland Arms at No.7 May’s Buildings in St Martin’s Lane, the south end of it, demolished later to make room for Trafalgar Square; from The Crown Tavern in Vinegar Yard to The Green Dragon in Fleet Street, where they were holding their meetings long before that, alongside with the Brilliants. From The Lowther Hotel in King William Street – to the Royal Wine Shades at No.5 Leicester Square... From the old Pelican Club in Denman Street to 21 Shaftesbury Avenue, and, finally, to The Dieudonné's Hotel at 9-11 Ryder Street...
For many decades it appeared that the club had found its home and is there to remain for good. The club house was large, as was the compassion and the generosity of the club members: for many years they were letting to stay there numerous outstanding organisations and individuals, until one day, due to the unforeseeable circumstances, the club became homeless...
Every club is a living and breathing being, and it is hard for it to survive without a home, a shelter, a shell to protect its delicate and complex nature. Some manage to exist for decades hiring the premises of the others, changing addresses and moving on; others, crumble and dissolve, losing their members snatched up by more successful establishments with own club houses, recreational facilities, etc. But the club is not just about that – this distinction has been made long ago – the subscription houses provide the facilities, the clubs – provide home away from home...
We have been extremely lucky to have on our side strong and kind partners, those who believe in us and have supported us throughout these few years since our revival. Thanks to them, we remain welcome in their clubhouses in central London, in the heart of the clubland.
Having been revived only a few years ago, the club has already accumulated a collection of historical artefacts and works of art, related to various periods of its history, which presently all have to be stored away, until we would be able to exhibit them to our members in the club museum, library, gallery in our future permanent clubhouse.
That is why we appeal to our members, to the former members of the old club in Ryder Street and everyone who shares our values and understands the importance of our charitable and heritage preservation work - let us, together, make sure that the Eccentric Club will never be homeless!
We can do it again, and there is nothing to stop us, for we are breathing with our motto ‘Nil Nisi Bonum’, and, if God is with us, who can be against us?
We wholeheartedly THANK our donors, who even at these difficult times of the world recession are generously supporting our club:
Mr Brian Clivaz (London)
Mr Robert Stevens (USA)
Mr Thierry Gerber (Switzerland)
Mr Clem Chambers (London / Monte Carlo)
Major Hon. S. P. Rothschild de Courcy (Ascot, Berkshire)
Professor Sir Roger Thompson (South Korea)
Matthew Zhuk (London)