Bookshelf of the Week: Library room of Travellers Club, London

This week’s Bookshelf of the Week focuses on the library room of the prestigious Travellers Club in London. In a shot taken by Amanda Farah which beautifully captures the warmth and peaceful ambiance of the place, this is one library that I’m sure all bibliophiles would love to wile their days in – myself included.

Founded in 1819 (although the custom-built ‘clubhouse’ on Pall Mall in which this library room is housed, wasn’t complete until 1832), the Travellers Club was established as a place for gentlemen travellers of distinguished standing, to meet one another and offer hospitality. The Library forms an important part of the club, and speaking of it the official Travellers Club website says:

“..the Library remains the room in the Clubhouse most closely associated with travel. In character, it may be summarised as a gentleman’s library of the last century and the content may be classified as two-thirds travel. The original catalogue was prepared by Benjamin Wheatley, the distinguished bibliographer, who also worked at the Athenæum. Much admired by Lord Curzon as the perfect room for a library, it is generally regarded as one of the most charming rooms in London.”

So, an awesome shot of an awesome library. Big thanks to Amanda for allowing us to see it!

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).

Comments

  1. Bart's Bookshelf (Twitter: bartsbooks)
    says:

    Wouldn’t you just like to settle down into one of those gorgeous leather chairs, a good book lying open in your lap, and perhaps a generous glass of your favourite single malt sitting on the table next to you…

  2. Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)
    says:

    My thoughts exactly Darren, all except the ‘single malt’ that is, because I’m a teetotaller :o)