Created By: Emma Dermott
"I next took pains to get acquainted with Captain Hurst and persuaded him to accompany me to Boodle’s where –well I will not deceive you, madam –where there is gambling!” The small man giggled. “I lent him a little money to try his luck –it was not my own money you understand. Lady Duncombe had given it to me for the purpose. We went three or four times and in a remarkably short space of time the Captain’s debts were –well, madam, I cannot see how he will ever get clear of them!"
- Christopher Drawlight in Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Boodle's is the second oldest club in the world, with only White's being older. During the Regency era, Boodle's became known as the club of the English gentry, while White's became the club of the more senior members of the nobility. This was the Duke of Wellington's club (before he graduated up the social ladder to White's).
In the year 2017 the club will still not admit women members, astoundingly.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Mr Norrell's London