The Penn Club occupies three interlinking houses in an early Georgian terrace built in the 1800s and retains many of its original features.
Previous occupants of the building include Jane Franklin, wife of Sir John Franklin the polar explorer, and John Wyndham, author of several books including ‘Day of the Triffids’, who lived and wrote at the Club during the 1940s and 50s.
The Penn Club offers comfortable overnight accommodation for both members and non-members and facilities for members to use during the day even when not staying. Accommodation is on 4 floors of the building. Unfortunately, the age of the building means there is no lift (elevator).
Free wireless access is available throughout the building for guests with their own laptops. For those without a laptop, there is a computer that guests can access free of charge. A public telephone is also available and faxes can be sent and received at reception.
How We Work At The Penn Club
The Penn Club is owned by its members and is a not-for-profit organisation. This means that we are not responsible to any commercial overlord.
Members, guests and staff are treated equally and fairly. Simplicity and value for money are combined with a friendly, approachable atmosphere to foster a spirit of fellowship.
Bedrooms do not have televisions or telephones, but these facilities are available to all members and guests in the public areas. There is a communal table available at breakfast for guests who wish to sit together.
Started by members of the Friends Ambulance Unit in 1920, the Club maintains its Quaker connection.
The Edward Cadbury Room is a spacious and peaceful sitting room. With its traditional furnishings, daily newspapers and extensive library, this room allows guests time to sit and read or just relax in quiet surroundings.
The TV Lounge also has daily newspapers, a large selection of paperback books for borrowing, board games to suit a range of ages, a large traditional-style desk for writing or using your laptop and plenty of space to sit and chat with friends.
The Dining Room is where breakfast is served. Complimentary tea and coffee is available 24 hours and a small selection of snacks may be purchased. A microwave, fridge and freezer are available for guests’ use.
After breakfast, several tables are left clear for those who wish to work and to take advantage of our free wireless connection.