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Brooks’s is a gentlemen’s club in St James’s Street, just a few foot steps from Jermyn Street. It is one of the oldest gentleman’s clubs in London and on Thursday 19 March you’ll be able to get the rare opportunity to be part of the history by attending Sparks Fine Wine Dinner from to 19:00 – 23:00 held at the club itself.

Featuring top champagne and great wines from the classic French regions, presented by the wine partners and Christie’s Master of Wine, Anthony Hanson. Bid on fantastic holiday lots and fine wines in their charity auctions. All in aid of Sparks, the children’s medical research charity.

The history of Brooks’s gentleman’s club

In January 1762 a private society was established at 50 Pall Mall by a group of gentlemen including two men called Boothby and James. They formed the society in response to having been blackballed for membership of White’s. This society then split to form the predecessors of both Brooks’s and Boodle’s. The club that was to become Brooks’s was founded in March 1764 by twenty-seven prominent Whig nobles including the Duke of Portland, the Duke of Roxburghe, Lord Crewe and Lord Strathmore.

Charles James Fox was elected as a member the following year at the age of sixteen. The club premises at 49 Pall Mall was a former tavern owned by William Almack as was the neighbouring 50 Pall Mall where the society had previously met and so the club become simply known as Almack’s.

These fashionable young men, known as Macaronis, would frequent the premises for the purposes of wining, dining and gambling.

In September 1777 William Brooks, a wine merchant and money lender who acted as Master, or manager, for Almack’s, commissioned a purpose built clubhouse at a site on neighbouring St James’s Street. The new clubhouse was built of yellow brick and Portland stone in a Palladian style.

The main suite of rooms on the first floor consisted of the Great Subscription Room, Small Drawing Room and the Card Room. The interiors are in neoclassical style, the Great Subscription Room having a segmental barrel vault ceiling.

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The main historic attraction of Brooks’s was its gaming rooms. Members’ gaming, such as at backgammon, continues today, but somewhat less extravagantly. In 1978 the St James’s Club amalgamated with Brooks’s, adding to its membership some European royalty, members of the British diplomatic corps and writers.

Sparks, the children’s medical research charity would be delighted if you could join them for this momentous occasion. All the details are below:

Fine Wine Dinner
Thursday 19 March 7pm-11pm
Brooks’s, St James’s Street, London
Tickets £250 per person

Join Sparks and Christie’s Master of Wine ‘Anthony Hanson’ for our inaugural Fine Wine Dinner – an intimate evening of delicious food and carefully selected wine from great vintages from some of France’s most iconic wine regions. Wine sponsors: Champagne Charles Heidsick, Château Malartic-Lagravière, Château Guiraud and Hospices de Beaune.

To book tickets or for more information contact Rachel on 020 7091 7773 or email Rachel.luff@sparks.org.uk

Brooks’s (St James’s Street, London SW1A 1LN)