The Hove Club traces its origins back to 1882 when the club was founded as the “Hove Reading Rooms” and was located in the Willett’s building at the north east corner of Grand Avenue.
Initially the Club’s membership had a strong military and professional bias and by the 1890s it had become so successful in attracting new members that it expanded into more comfortable accommodation in Third Avenue. It was then that the new name of “The Hove Club” was adopted.
A few years later, the Club's function was defined by its first rule - “To Provide a suitable and agreeable place for Gentlemen” - there was still a great emphasis on communication with the reading of papers and telegrams of the day. The playing of games was always a part of the Club’s activities and included golf, billiards, whist, chess and more latterly the provision of bowls and croquet.
The club continued to flourish and was able to commission the design and building of the imposing premises in Fourth Avenue in the heart of Victorian Hove at the considerable cost of £5,882. The Club took occupation in 1898 and still occupies this magnificent building today.
The Hove Club, for much of its early life, would have been considered the microcosm of the important men in Hove's civic life. Today, in an advanced world, and with the importance of communication now globally recognised, the club still continues to attract worthy, like-minded people, from a much wider range of professional and business backgrounds - individuals who embrace and enhance the social aspects of club life.
Up until the most recent times membership was strictly for gentlemen, a formal dress code was enforced and ladies were only allowed associate status. Now, the strict dress code has been relaxed and ladies can become full members and make full use of all the facilities available.
The fact that the Club is still established and attracting members after 136 years is not only testimony to the quality of the foundations instituted by those original founders - their foresight should be applauded - but also to the upholding of those principles by today’s members. A broader outlook combined with a modern approach to keep pace with current changes in trends and demands, will ensure the continuance of one of our longest running institutions.
The Hove Club is an exclusive Members Club for business and professional people. It offers a unique ambience in one of Hove’s most elegant buildings,and is listed Grade 2
Applications for membership are welcomed and can be either made through "How to join", or by contact with the Club Secretary. Dee Couch
Monday to Wednesday
10:00 to 20:00
Thursday and Friday
10:00 to 22:00
11:30 to 20:00
11:30 to 16:30