The Eccentric Club regularly organises convivial meetings and dinners for its members in a number of outstanding venues across central London. The location for each event often remains a secret until the day before it - in order to avoid some guests and visitors tempted by dining at the prestigious venues welcoming us, rather than being interested in our club.
Most of the events include light entertainment provided by the members. We rarely hold more than 1-2 events a month and we hold no events in July due to a great number of the third party events we traditionally support and attend every year.
Our cultural events include evening of poetry or poetic contests, cigar evenings, talks, tastings, close up magic demonstrations, operatic performances and art exhibitions. Once, in 2010, we even held an eccentric fashion show but it did not turn into an annual event, though a number of fashion designers and milliners are among our club members.
In not too distant years, the club was well known for its 'Sports and Celebrity Dinners', snooker and billiards competitions, golfing activities in London and trips to Belgium, angling achievements and regular participation in Derby and other racing events. Even earlier, in 1890s-1950s, it was also famous for its pugilists and other professional sportsmen (some of whom also belonged to the National Sporting Club). Many members were and are the automobile and yacht enthusiasts.
These days, our members are still visiting Derby and Ascot, but not quite in the same capacity as before. Some keenly participate in Henley Regatta and Festival, Thames Traditional Boat Race and cricket tournaments, although our own club cricket team didn't play together for more than a year (yet in the past it celebrated a singular and rather eccentric victory of the Carlton Club Cricket Team!).
As any other club, we also hold the Club Anniversary Dinner and the Christmas Dinner. Occasionally, once in a while, we are very much privileged to dine in the company of our patron - Duke of Edinburgh. All the events are accessible for the club members in good standing and their guests.
It is also a long going tradition for our club to hold a variety of charitable events more open to the general public. These include our famous Annual Friday 13th Dinner and The Greatest British Eccentric of the Year contest and award ceremony.