21-23 Bedford Place | London | WC1B 5JJ
+44 (0)20 7636 4718

2020 marks the centenary of The Penn Club. Please visit our special website dedicated to the occasion, where you can learn about our history and about the celebratory events throughout the year.



With London under Tier 4 restrictions The Penn Club is forced to close until further notice. We hope all our members and guests continue to stay safe and look forward to welcoming you back!


Our aim is ensure the Club continues to be a safe place for you to visit. When you are at the Club you will notice some temporary changes:

Protecting you and our staff

Staff have been trained on infection control and what they need to do if they have COVID-19 symptoms. We have clear and visible signs in back of house areas reminding staff to wash their hands frequently. Reception has a Perspex screen fitted. Minimal contact between staff and guests will be maintained. Staff members are wearing personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves as appropriate. Keys are sanitised and a drop box available for hands free drop off. We have a payment portal available on our website so guests can pay their invoice online to avoid using the credit card terminal. We have removed areas of cross contamination so unfortunately that means no daily newspapers. Hand sanitiser is available throughout the ground floor. It is mandatory for guests and visitors to wear a face covering in public areas.

Increased Signage

We have signage around the building reminding you to keep your distance from fellow guests and staff members. We have introduced a one way system on the stairs and corridors to avoid you bumping into others. We ask that you follow the directions as much as possible to ensure physical distancing is maintained.


We have increased the frequency of both deep and general cleaning across the building, with a particular focus on high touch points. We have removed items from bedrooms such as spare bedding but this will still be available on request. During your stay we will not offer a daily housekeeping service in your room, unless requested, to minimise staff/guest contact.

Dining Room

The breakfast buffet has been removed and we are offering a limited menu. We may need to allocate each guest a specific time for breakfast to ensure the Dining Room does not get too busy. We continue to offer the use of the fridge, freezer and microwave in the Dining Room but expect guests to use the sanitising products before and after use to keep themselves and fellow guests safe.

If you have any question please contact us. We look forward to seeing you again very soon.


The Penn Club is a Members Club with a strong Quaker ethos, open to non-members for B&B. We are located just off Russell Square, close to the British Museum, the British Library, several buildings of the University of London and other attractions and places of interest.

“Home from Home”

The Edward Cadbury Room
The Edward Cadbury Room

The Penn Club’s purpose is to provide premises in central London for the enjoyment of members and guests; and to foster a spirit of fellowship in accordance with its Quaker values.

We are a not-for-profit organisation with surplus funds being used to maintain and improve the building and to provide better facilities for those who use the Club.

Our employment and purchasing policies reflect our Quaker association. We seek to encourage community whilst respecting the individual’s privacy.