A Brief History
"The Gresham Club is composed of merchants, bankers, and other gentlemen of known respectability. No candidate is eligible until he has attained the age of twenty-one years. Election by ballot of the members, of whom 30 must actually vote. One black ball in ten shall exclude. Entrance fee, £21; subscription, £6 6s".
Dickens's Dictionary of London. (1879)
The first Gresham Club was established in 1843 as a dining club for the professional and business classes of the City of London. It was named after Sir Thomas Gresham, a celebrated merchant, who in 1566 founded The Royal Exchange and made a significant bequest to the Gresham College to promote the New Learning of Elizabethan times.
The City of London Gresham Club has recreated the raison d’être of its original predecessor: a private members' club for professionals, stimulating social and business interaction amongst like-minded members and their guests. The Club meets at least monthly for a Club Table as its centrepiece and convenes regular engaging and distinctive events.
The Royal Exchange
The Gresham Club Today
With a distinguished membership that values diversity and inclusiveness, the Club promotes a range of social and sporting functions and is establishing reciprocal agreements with other clubs and hopes to establish permanent City premises in due course.
We are currently a nomadic dining club which holds monthly Club Tables at a variety of prestige club and restaurant locations:
The Caledonian Club
The RAF Club
The Institute of Directors
Mr Marco Pierre White's
The Gresham Club keeps up with the times. We issue all of our members with a personalised Virtual Membership Card app which they install on their mobile devices. The app is a one-stop-shop to contact club officers, book events and purchase Gresham merchandise.
We have several informal WhatsApp groups for social interaction, business exchanges and golfing events.
We also hold regular Zoom meetings for those who cannot make it to London. This has proved invaluable to maintain contact during the lockdown with occasional guest speakers and even a murder mystery night!