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38 Hill Street

London.  W1J 5NS


Telephone:  020 7493 7672


If OPs woud like to take advantage of the Old Pauline Club's affiliation with the Naval Club, please write to or contact Commander Pritchard, Chief Executive, at the address above.




Vice Admiral Michael Gretton, CB, CVO


Chairman of the Council
Michael Beacham


Chief Executive

Commander John Pritchard



The Club was formed in the Second World War by a group of Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve officers and purchased 38 Hill Street in 1946.  Membership is open to men and women with an interest in maritime affairs and the sea and the Club is proud of offering the facilities of a fine London club with a unique maritime atmosphere.  The Club's home is a listed 18th century townhouse, which was extended in the following century;  William Pitt the Younger was one of the first occupants of the house and it remained in the ownership of the Raphael family until the Club purchased the freehold.  The Club building is designated as a War Memorial to the RNVR.


The Club is open seven days a week throughout the year, except for a few days at Christmas and the New Year.


Public rooms on the ground floor include the panelled bar and a reading room;  the Louis XVI style dining room runs the full width of the first floor and on the second floor are two rooms which can be used for private parties or meetings, with a bar en suite.


Table d'hôte and à la carte menus are offered at lunch and dinner during the week (but not at weekends) at very reasonable prices and with the flexibility of paying for one, two or three courses from either menu.  The Club stocks a good range of wines, including inexpensive house wines.  The dining room is open for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.


The Club has 28 single and double bedrooms, each with direct dial telephone, voicemail, television, WiFi access and tea and coffee making facilities. Contact the Naval Club for rates.



Similar standards apply to those in force in Service Officers' Messes.  A jacket and tie tends to be the norm, but will not be required for gentlemen during the day, who may wear an open necked long or short sleeved collar attached shirt, slacks and a sweater if so wished.  After 7.30pm in the Dining Room a jacket and tie are preferred, but are not obligatory. Dress for ladies is an appropriate equivalent.  Jeans, T-shirts, and trainers are never acceptable in the public rooms.



It is advisable to book in advance for both meals and rooms at the Club.



Members are asked to settle their accounts on each occasion that they use the Club;  no credit will be available.  Drinks in the bar before a meal can be added to the dining room bill.  The Club accepts payment by cash, cheque and most credit cards (but not Diners Club).



There is no tipping in the Club.  There is a Staff Fund, which is distributed twice a year, and members generally add an additional payment to their bill after every 4/5 visits to the Club and record their name and contribution on the Staff Fund notice boards in the dining room and at reception.


Queries and complaints

Old Paulines will be extended a warm welcome by the Naval Club.  Commander Pritchard, Chief Executive, and his management team look forward to meeting OPs who join the Club and will deal with any questions.  In the unlikely event of a complaint, members are asked to take up the matter with the Chief Executive as quickly as possible, which he will then resolve.



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