East India Club // London UK
NMAFC friends had told me that when in London, The East India Club was worth a visit. I could not stay there, because I was part of a tour, but with a Thursday evening free, I made a booking for dinner.
The Club is for gentlemen and was founded in 1849. It is in quite a central location at 16 St. James’s Square. At the bar, they offer well priced drinks and their wine list is extensive and great value. As with most clubs, members are warm, inclusive and delighted to start up a conversation. Of course, this is no different to what occurs at our club. After an hour of chat, it was time to head to the dining room. What a room – huge, towering ceilings and on every wall were enormous painting of Generals, Admirals and the like. I muttered to myself “this is the quintessential England”.
I ordered a quality Bordeaux red, which was one of the best I had tried win my 11 weeks overseas and it was not overpriced. My seafood cocktail was fresh, and the prawns were larger that I had seen since I left Adelaide. The Maître de then suggested I order the Roast Beef, for which (apparently) they were famous. The carriage was wheeled to my table and the steward with some flourish proceeded to thinly slice rare and hot roast beef on to my plate. Then another steward supplied the vegetables silver service and yet another brought the gravy and a mountain of small condiments in little dishes on another trolley. I ate my meal and then sat back to look at the scene of hundreds of very good-looking young people in the suits and evening dresses.
At that moment, it occurred to me ‘the old dart’ is alive and kicking! The East India Club was a highlight of my holiday and I urge you to indulge yourself in a way of life that has been left behind for most of the world. To find out more, visit their website: www.eastindiaclub.co.uk