Change to 100 drinks reception
Private Members Club
In a superb central location and accessible to the exclusive shopping districts of Bond Street, Knightsbridge and Sloane Street; the University Women’s Club’s beautiful building and garden have a warm and quirky ambience. The handsome red brick and sandstone house that is 2 Audley Square was designed by TH Wyatt and built for Lord Arthur Russell in 1876. The Club finally found its permanent home in 1921, when the members bought the freehold of 2 Audley Square from the Russell family.
Today the Club aims to provide a welcoming environment for graduate, professional and business women of all ages. The function space is now available for corporate events and private dining making the Club an exclusive option to the corporate market of which you do not need to be a member, or female!
Conference Room Capacities
Restaurant (on request)
Day Delegate Rates
DDR from £60.00 inc VAT includes 3 servings of Tea/Coffee/Biscuits, Hot & Cold Buffet Lunch, Room Hire.
History and Membership
The University Women’s Club was started by the first women who went to University in the United Kingdom. They faced discrimination everywhere they turned, not least from the well-established men’s Clubs in London who refused them membership. Gertrude Jackson who was at Girton, decided to call together other women who would be interested in starting a Club for educated women in 1883 and by 1886, sixty eligible women had decided to go ahead with the project. After occupying a series of rented flats in the West End, the membership had grown to 900 and the Club bought 2 Audley Square, moving in 1921. Membership is still open to all women who are graduates of a University anywhere in the world or have otherwise distinguished themselves in a profession, commerce or the business world. Gentlemen are welcome at all times as the guests of members but cannot be members. Any woman seeking membership is invited to a Chairman’s Reception to meet other members over a glass of wine, to hear of the Club’s history and to see the facilities.
The Joining Fee is ￡300 and there are seven categories of subscription. Subscriptions are payable annually in advance on 1st January or monthly by Direct Debit.
- Town Membership (within 50 miles of Hyde Park Corner): ￡700
- Country Membership: ￡568
- Overseas: £413
- Junior Graduate: ￡242 at 26 years of age and rising by 10% each year until on full subscription.
- Senior: ￡500 members over 65 who have completed a minimum of 15 years membership.
- Student: ￡240 Single payment to cover membership until graduation. No Joining Fee.
- J 7 Membership: ￡382 Payable at 18 to cover period to 26 years of age. No Joining fee & signed by Headmistress
Facilities for Members
The Club has a Dining Room which opens for lunch and dinner on Monday to Friday for a la carte dining and also a Lobby menu available to members and their guests throughout the day. A Terrace Garden offers a delightful venue for dining and drinks parties in the summer or a quiet afternoon tea or bottle of wine to share with friends. The 22 bedrooms are reached by a lift and member’s prices range between ￡70 per night for a single room with shared bathroom facilities to ￡199 for a twin room overlooking the garden with en-suite bathroom. Member’s discounts are available at weekends.
Wifi is available throughout the Club and a charming Member’s Sitting Room, positioned with a view of Hyde Park provides a quiet place to study or read. Social events bring members and their guests to the Club to dine together and to hear musical performances or speakers on a wide variety of topics such as politics, arts, and science. Book Club meetings, wine tastings and receptions are held regularly and the Library and Drawing Room are popular venues for filming, meetings, functions and weddings providing a welcome source of revenue for the Club. The Young Member’s group is growing and arrange special events to which the YM’s from other Clubs are often invited. All members enjoy the networking and mentoring opportunities that a comfortable space of their own with excellent facilities offers them.
Should you be interested in membership, The Membership Secretary would love to chat with you and invite you to the next Chairman’s Reception. Or if more convenient, to come in for a tour, a cup of tea or a drink with a Committee member and a chat about the benefits of membership.