By Dan Cohn-Sherbok
Rather than fading away as a relic of the prior, London clubland is prospering. yet a lot has replaced because the seventeenth century while basically gents drank jointly in smoke-filled taverns. the main recognized of this hang-out used to be the membership originated via Sir Walter Raleigh that met on the Mermaid—Shakespeare and Donne have been one of the participants. one other related membership allegedly based through Ben Johnson met on the satan Tavern close to Temple Bar.
In those early days, gaming and gossip have been the crucial amusements. yet sooner than lengthy politics obtruded. The Brooks membership was once pointed out with Whiggery; White’s with the Tories. sooner or later club of comparable golf equipment an issue of hereditary privilege or certain favour. to fulfill the aspirations of industrialists, marketers and retailers, the nineteenth century witnessed the construction of recent golf equipment, usually extra grandiose and solemn.
Today clubland continues to be a retreat from the cares of the area. In his magisterial quantity, The Gentlemen’s golf equipment of London, Anthony Lejeune explains:
We are as we're; not anyone goes to have
us be another way, the following on our personal premises
with our traditions and precepts, prejudices and
manners. we choose ourselves. through advantage of the club
we are comrades, proportion a fellowship, a feeling of humour,
a means of seeing the area. At top, our fathers have been members
or grandfathers, or our cousins or our godsons. a very good membership is
much greater than an insignificant catering institution. it really is a
refuge from the vulgarity of the surface global, a reassuringly
fixed aspect, the echo of a civilised English method of living,
a position where...people nonetheless favor a silver salt cellar
which doesn’t pour to a plastic one that does.
This number of sketches seeks to catch the spirit of this nice British institution.
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London Clubs by Dan Cohn-Sherbok