Planning Your Visit

At the Oxford and Cambridge Club, we will do all we can to ensure that your visit is as enjoyable as possible. To maintain this level of service, the expectation is that all Members and their guests will dress in a fashion in keeping with the tenor of the Club.

Dress Regulation

Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie (which is to be fully fastened up, such that the collar is closed). Gentlemen who remove their jackets pursuant to Regulation 39* must wear long sleeved shirts fastened at the cuff.
*Regulation 39: The Secretary may at any time, if in his opinion it is uncomfortably hot, permit gentlemen to remove their jackets, but not their ties, and in that event a notice to that effect shall be displayed in the Front Hall.

Ladies are required to wear smart separates (for example, tailored trousers / skirt with smart top / shirt / knitwear), business attire or other dress of appropriate formality. Skirts and dresses should be of modest length, being just above the knee or longer.

Less formal clothing than what is normally required, while having due regard to the character of the Club, may be worn before 11.00am on weekdays and before 6.00pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. It may be worn at all times in  the Banqueting Corridor, the Billiards Room, the Lower Sitting Room, the Pall Mall Room and the Gallery Bar.

Inappropriate Dress

The following specific forms of dress are inappropriate for ladies and gentlemen in the Club house, as well as being representative of other types of inappropriate attire.

During “formal dress” hours At any time
Casual shoes (including trainers and plimsolls) Cargo/combat pants
Jeans Strapless, very flimsy, transparent and very low-cut tops/shirts/blouses (excepting formal evening wear)
Roll- and polo-neck jerseys and pullovers (except for Ladies) Midriff, crop and bandeau tops (or equivalent)
Ponchos and kaftans
Jackets, coats and other items incorporating distressed, torn or heavily studded fabrics
Mini-skirts and Leggings
Flipflops and casual boots (including hiking shoes and boots, and uggs)
Leisure wear, such as shorts, tracksuits, t-shirts and training shoes (except in the squash courts and changing rooms)
Leather and suede clothing (except as noted below)


Suede, leather and denim skirts, dresses, blouses, and jackets (for either sex), are permitted at any time when the garments are tailored and otherwise indistinguishable from attire considered appropriate, except with regard to fabric.


Less stringent standards may be applied to children under 14 years of age than to those aged 14 and above.

Upon Arrival

Before entering the Club house, please turn off or switch to silent:

  • Mobile telephones
  • Other audible equipment
  • Flashing electronic equipment

Mobile telephones can be used to make and receive calls in the Telephone Booth, the Lower Sitting Room and the Pall Mall Room. In all other areas of the Club, they must be switched off or turned to silent mode.

On arrival, please report to the Front Desk, then:

  • Leave your coat and/or bag with Front Desk staff
  • Leave your outer garments in the Cloak Room


(1) Subject to (2), members and guests shall not take any item of luggage (including without limitation suitcases, shopping bags, large handbags, rucksacks, brief cases, portfolios, folders and laptop cases), outer clothing or umbrella into any public room, and shall immediately remove any such item of luggage, clothing or umbrella when requested to do so.

(2) The prohibition in (1) on taking brief cases, portfolios, folders and laptop cases does not apply in relation to the Lower Sitting Room and the Pall Mall Room.

(3) Luggage may at the discretion of the Secretary be left at the front desk for up to seven days but no more, subject to the member agreeing in writing that the item of luggage concerned may be disposed of after the expiry of seven days.

Electronic Devices

Personal electronic equipment of any kind must be at all times either switched off or on silent mode, throughout the public rooms, corridors, staircases and on the Library Terrace.

Personal electronic equipment of any kind may be used in:

  • in the Lower Sitting Room and telephone kiosk, and
  • in the Front Hall, Morning Room and Pall Mall Room, for the following purposes only: sending and receiving E-mails and text messages; making and reviewing diary entries.

Use of personal electronic equipment must be discreet and avoid disturbance or inconvenience to other Members.

The use of larger electronic equipment (defined as all apparatus larger than palm-size and including laptop computers, tablet computers, and E-readers) is prohibited in the Billiard Room, Blomfield Room, Coffee Room, Drawing Room, Front Hall, Morning Room, Smoking Room, Squash Bar and all corridors and staircases. E-readers and similar devices may be used at the single side tables for reading only in the Coffee Room and Blomfield Room, and in other circumstances where books or newspapers might normally be permitted.

Events and Dining

  • Alcohol or glassware is not allowed to be taken outside the Club house.
  • Access to the Club house to attend a function does not presume to allow access to the entire building. You are kindly requested to stay within the area reserved for the function.
  • If attending a Wedding reception please do not throw confetti inside the Club house.
  • You are not permitted to stay in the Club house after the conclusion of the function, unless prior agreement has been made.
  • When leaving the Club house at the conclusion of the function please do so quietly.


  • Photography, filming and recording (both audio and video) are prohibited throughout the Club house, except at Private Functions with the host’s permission and only within the room(s) hired for the function, or with the Secretary’s express permission.


  • Children under ten are generally not admitted to the Club house. If they are to be invited to a Private Function, please discuss this with the Secretary when making a booking.


  • Animals are not admitted, except guide dogs.


  • Smoking is only permitted on the Library Terrace and is discouraged on the Front Steps. This includes the use of electronic cigarettes and vaping.

Disabled Access

  • The main entrance includes a flight of twelve steps. A call bell on the right hand side of this flight will alert staff to the presence of a guest requiring assistance.
  • Front Desk staff will also be happy to arrange alternative, step-free access where required.


Please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff when you are in the Club house, or telephone the Club in advance on 020 7930 5151 for any further information.