The Bengal Club, founded in 1827, is arguably India’s oldest social club. Our Presidents during colonial rule were drawn from the very pinnacle of British administration including several Viceroys and Governors General of India as well as military officers, judges, doctors and lawyers. For many years now, it has come to represent the finest assertion of the art of living of the bygone era, whether in cuisine, conviviality or customs.
In the words of one of our most distinguished members, though, ‘The Bengal Club has more than one persona and coexists harmoniously with all of them.’ While we have preserved our heritage, we have also moved ahead with the times, being the first club, for example to admit ladies as independent members. We are progressively eco-friendly and sustainable in our practices and have added facilities such a Sports Lounge, a Coastal Cuisine restaurant and a Business Centre to our formal and traditional spaces such as the Library, the Reynolds Room, the Nagraj Bar and the Main Dining Hall.
To enter the Bengal Club is to step into this beguiling amalgam of the past and the present, and to spend time here is to feel an enveloping sense of the best of both worlds.