History of White’s

Ticket sales helped balance the costs of the chocolate and maintaining the establishment.

Some eccentric bets for those with money to burn included Lord Avanley’s £3,000 bet on which of two raindrops would fall on the bottom of the famous bow window pane first. The fashionable St. The membership is still all male. At this time, chocolate was a rare luxury that only the wealthy could afford. Written about in novels and movies, White’s may also be the most famous gentlemen’s club.

Early History of White’s

White’s gentlemen’s club began as a chocolate house that sold chocolate delicacies. In fact, in 1783, the club was the unofficial headquarters of the Tory party.

White’s may be one of the traditional gentlemen’s clubs that remains relatively unchanged by modern times. White’s was one of a number of chocolate houses that eventually became a gentlemen’s club.

By 1778, White’s was an established gentlemen’s club. The table placed in front of the bow window was reserved for honored members and became a symbol of social prominence. During the reign of King Charles II, chocolate houses were gathering places for London’s elite to debate politics. If accepted, the new member pays around £850 a year in membership fees. James Street, where it remains today. Mrs. However, membership was reserved for the wealthiest and most influential members of society who aligned themselves with the Tory party.

White’s Betting Book

During the nineteenth century, club members placed controversial bets in the famous White’s betting book. Not much is known about the membership application process. Etiquette is extremely important. The clubhouse had a special bow window on the ground floor. White’s sold hot chocolate and other chocolate concoctions. Applicants who already know many current club members have the best chance of success.


Lejeune, Anthony, Gentleman’s Clubs of London, Macdonald and Jane’s, 1979

In the nineteenth century, the establishment was the most exclusive gentlemen’s club for well-born upper class young men. White’s sold tickets to plays performed at the Royal Drury Lane Theatre and the King’s Theatre. James area was the most desirable area for a clubhouse. According to Anthony Lejeune’s book, Gentleman’s Clubs of London, one member bet £1,000 that a man could live under water for 12 hours. He hired a man to carry out the experiment. Beau Brummell held the seat for a number of years.

In addition to selling chocolates, Mrs. A prospective member needs someone to propose his membership and two seconds. Business remains barred from conversation. The bet was lost when the man died.

White’s Club Life

Since its establishment as a gentlemen’s club, White’s has provided a place for members to socialize over cards and parlor games. All fashionable gentlemen sought membership in the club. Members are mostly aristocrats. The sponsors write the prospective member’s name in a book and collect about 35 signatures of support for the applicant. Bet topics ranged from political predictions to sports. Italian immigrant Francesco Bianco, who changed his name to Francis White, founded the establishment in 1693 at 4 Chesterfield Street and called it Mrs.White’s Chocolate House. Other bets had more serious consequences. Today the club has many leisure activities for members ranging from cards to billiards.

Notable members of White’s include Horatio Walpole, Edward VII, Evelyn Waugh, David Niven and Prince Charles.. Bets also included social concerns such as gentlemen’s fashions and marriages.

White’s has long been considered a Tory club. Many political bets were placed during the Napoleonic Wars. During this time period, White’s moved to 37-38 St. White’s has always had a reputation for high stakes gambling and unusual wagers

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