The Club can offer wedding ceremonies as well as receptions for up to 100 guests.
In 1818, a group of individuals decided to form an exclusive club where people ‘of means and leisure could converse and convene regularly’. With this intention came the creation of The Clifton Club which is now Bristol’s oldest existing Private Members' Club. The Club’s aim has always been to appeal to the professional, the influential, the entrepreneurial and the interesting - those people who want a relaxed but exclusive environment with excellent social and networking opportunities. The Club is extremely proud of its rich heritage and fascinating history. It witnessed the building of the world’s first suspension bridge, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, over the nearby Avon Gorge, was responsible for the formation of the renowned Clifton College, introduced a telegram machine in 1856 and a telephone in 1884, counted the cricketer WG Grace as a member in the early 1900s and spent a short time as accommodation for officers of the Royal Flying Corps towards the end of the First World War.
The premises on 22 The Mall also comes with an intriguing history. The striking three-storey building was built in 1811 and was originally occupied by the Clifton Assembly Rooms and Hotel until 1856 when The Clifton Club relocated to its new home. Architect Francis Greenway, who was since coined the ‘father of Australian architecture’, was responsible for the design of the building and it is now his only remaining UK construction. In 2008, the interior was tastefully refurbished to include more modern facilities but the retention of traditional elegance and charm was deeply rooted at the heart of the project.
This combination of the contemporary with the traditional is fundamental to the Club’s general outlook. Thus, while it long existed in the classic gentleman’s sense, nowadays it is a truly cosmopolitan environment that welcomes both men and women. All members are invited to partake in various and regular social activities that take place within the serene setting.
As one of Bristol’s most exclusive venues the Club boasts a suite of historic rooms including the Dining Room, Drawing Room and Bar, Centenary Room, Greenway Room and The Club Room. While the Club is very much for and of its membership, these rooms are available to hire for functions such as wedding receptions and ceremonies, private dinners, corporate lunches and meetings. Further details can be found in the relevant section of the website. Alternatively, please feel free to contact us directly.