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Royal Automobile Club

(also known as RAC)

89-91 Pall Mall
St James's

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Royal Automobile Club

About the Club

Founded in 1897 for the Protection, Encouragement and Development of Automobilism. The present flamboyant French-facade building is on the site of the old War Office and was completed in 1911 by the architects of the Ritz, Mewes and Davis; a small army of French craftsmen were employed in its construction. The royal accolade was awarded by Edward VII, a keen early motorist and of course the prime mover in the Entente Cordiale with France.

Clubhouse facilities include Turkish baths renovated in 2003/4, a spectacular Byzantine-style indoor swimming pool containing 90 thousand gallons, and a small Post Office.

The traitors Burgess and Maclean chose this as the venue for their last lunch together before defecting to Moscow! Nowadays, the club has a wide membership of many thousands. It should not be confused with the RAC automotive services company it formerly owned.

Various bars are available to members and their guests and the Long Bar in particular sells Real Ale. And if you are lucky enough to eat here, reports suggest that the food and service are of a high standard.

Historic Interest

Grade II* listed, Historic England entry 1065860.

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Club Features

  • RealAle Real Ale Available

Club Facilities

  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Accommodation Accommodation
  • Restaurant Restaurant Area
  • SeparateBar Separate Bar

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Royal Automobile Club

89-91 Pall Mall
St James's

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51.506134, -0.134794


  • <Station Close to Railway Station
  • <Underground Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

Nearby Station (750m)

London Charing Cross

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (450m)

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Royal Automobile Club

89-91 Pall Mall
St James's

Club Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Accommodation
  • Restaurant Area
  • Separate Bar
  • Close to Railway Station
  • Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

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