116 Pall Mall is one of London’s great Georgian landmarks, a Grade I listed jewel designed by the great John Nash, the architect responsible for much of the layout of Regency London.
Today, it is the home of the Institute of Directors. But up until the late 1970s it was the United Services Club, the London club for senior officers of the Army and Navy.
The Duke of Wellington, victor of Waterloo, was a regular in his later years and during the Second World War, Lieutenant Commander Ian Fleming would often drop into the club for a pink gin after a trying day of cracking codes and running spies with Naval Intelligence. Fleming was, of course, the author who created superspy James Bond.
Benugo offers members of the Institute, their guests and visitors, dining and drinks in The Lounges, Café Duke, The Wine Bar or The Restaurant.
The Lounges open for breakfast from 8am (breakfast is served throughout the day) and as well as great coffee, cakes, salads and sandwiches, you may also enjoy warm fruit scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream.
The interior décor remains largely unchanged since Decimus Burton, the protégé of Nash who also designed the Athenaeum Club standing opposite 116, carried out a complete redecoration in 1846.
At 116 Pall Mall, you can relax with coffee and cake (or a glass of champagne) in the club lounges where The Iron Duke once held court with old comrades of Waterloo and Ian Fleming dreamed of life after the war, and the spy who loved Vodka Martinis.