Horror on the Orient Express
The Oriental Club
The Oriental Club was founded by returning officers and officials from India and the East who had witnessed both wondrous and challenging sights. The Club was a valued haven in a London that must have seemed at once comfortingly familiar and yet so different to the exotic climate and culture that had become their everyday in the East.
For nearly two hundred years, the Oriental Club has been an iconic Central London focal point for those returning from India and the East and for local Members who value the amenities and service offered by Club staff and its home, the impressive Stratford House.
Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac in a convenient Central London location, close to Bond Street and within easy reach of Canary Wharf and the City, the Oriental Club is ideally placed for meeting friends and colleagues for business, an evening out, or simply time-out from a busy day. The Club has meeting rooms and an IT Suite, spacious Drawing Rooms for relaxing, a Members’ Bar, Billiards Room and an elegant Dining Room. There are also Private Dining rooms for hosting events and forty well-appointed bedrooms.
The Oriental Club’s handsome new home was Stratford House. The building was constructed in the 1770s for Edward Stratford, later the second Earl of Aldborough. Stratford paid £40,000 for the site (formerly occupied by the Lord Mayor of London’s Banqueting House) along with the Robert Adam-inspired building.