London’s famous Garrick Club STILL stubbornly refuses to accept women – you’ll be surprised how many well-known men are members

These men are still members, despite the strange rule

There’s a debate as to whether, in a place like the UK where women are not equally represented in public life, it’s acceptable at all to ban women from certain institutions.

While the answer seems so plainly obvious to most of us, let’s not get into that debate right now.

The Garrick Club, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious gentlemen’s clubs, this week voted to continue to exclude women from its membership.

A majority, 50.5%, actually voted to allow women in, however, the club’s rules require a two-thirds majority to change the system.

One member said of the vote: “I’m a huge supporter of all things anti-racist, non-gender and anti-ageist but why shouldn’t we have one or two places where chaps can get together?”

But who are the rich and powerful men who formerly and currently make up the Garrick Club’s members?

Living members include:

  • Stephen Fry
  • Damian Lewis
  • Hugh Bonneville
  • Michael Gove
  • Ken Clarke
  • Trevor McDonald
  • Melvyn Bragg
  • Jeremy Paxman
  • John Simpson
  • Roger Moore
  • Alan Rusbridger (who later left after colleagues and relatives found the rules sexist)

Dead members include:

  • John Gielgud
  • Charles Dickens
  • H. G. Wells
  • J. M. Barrie
  • A. A. Milne
  • Kingsley Amis
  • Arnold Bennett
  • T. S. Eliot
  • Noël Coward
  • P. G. Wodehouse
  • J. B. Priestley
  • John Betjeman
  • David Niven
  • Richard Burton
  • Laurence Olivier
  • Alec Guinness
  • Ian Richardson
  • Richard Attenborough


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