Steeped in history, the Cape Town Club was founded in 1976, following a merger between the City Club (founded in 1878) and the Civil Service Club (founded in 1858). The then-strictly gentlemen’s Club was located in Victoria Street, next door to the High Court buildings. Prosperous and influential civic leaders would smoke their cigars and discuss matters of trivial to national importance in the gracious rooms and sweeping balconies overlooking the Company Gardens and Table Mountain.
Today, the Cape Town Club welcomes members of all ages, sexes and cultures, embracing South African traditions and paying homage to its rich history. The club has counted among its members politician and former Chairman of De Beers, Rt Hon Cecil John Rhodes; former South African president General Jan Smuts; former leader of the opposition and ex-chairman of the Club, the late Colin Eglin; Clive Keegan, a former Cape Town mayor and ex-chairman of the Club; Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille; foreign consuls and ambassadors; as well as military officers and professionals. The Club’s first black member was former minister of foreign affairs, the late Alfred Nzo. Honorary members include former presidents Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille.
Tucked alongside the parliament and judiciary buildings, the Club find its home in the centre of Cape Town's business district, making it ideal as a home-from-home for professionals, whether hosting board meetings or enjoying after-work drinks. A private members' club, the Cape Town Club's QVS18 restaurant is open to the public.