How to apply

All applications must be from gentlemen 18 years of age or older and must be presented on the official application form available from the Membership Secretary’s office or by downloading it here.

The categories of membership are Town, Country and Overseas, and the rates vary according to category and age. Town membership applies to gentlemen who either have a residence or a place of business within a 50-mile radius of the clubhouse as at the 1st January.

Method of application

Letters from both proposer and seconder should accompany the application form stating fully the position of the candidate socially and otherwise, his qualifications for membership and the length of time they have known him, which should not ordinarily be less than two years. A candidate’s proposer and seconder must have been members of the club for at least two years. A candidate may be required to attend an interview. It would be of assistance to the committee if the candidate could also be supported by members other than the proposer and seconder.

The son of a member need only be proposed by his father who must have been a member of the club for at least two years. No seconder is required.

School leavers

As a result of a scheme initiated many years ago, young men on leaving their public school could join the original Public School’s Club for seven years. Following the merger of the Public School’s Club with the East India Club in 1972 the scheme was continued.

The J7 membership fee in 2019 of £520 continues to represent outstanding value, with no joining fee and nothing more to pay until the age of 25. J7s account for some 45% of the total membership and are full East India Club members who can entertain their guests at the club.

A programme of events is organised by the club throughout the year, including dinners and cocktail parties, a number of sporting and interest groups and access to cricket at Lord’s, our box at Ascot and rugby internationals at Twickenham.

To apply please either speak to your HMC head of school, who may propose you or issue you with proof of matriculation, or write to / email the Membership Secretary for more information.


In accordance with its constitution, membership of the East India is available only to gentlemen. However the club welcomes ladies as guests of members, has a contingent of honorary ladies and reciprocal ladies can make full use of the clubhouse. For those wishing to join a traditional ladies only membership club you are recommended to The University Women’s Club and their clubhouse in Mayfair. Full details are available from their website