Site last updated 2 December 2023
Greater London Chess Club is an active, friendly chess club, based
in central London. We run seven league teams and organise a programme
of internal tournaments and special events to suit players of all
The club meets Tuesday evenings 6.30pm to 10pm, September to June,
at the Upper Vestry House, St George's Bloomsbury 6 Little Russell
Street, London WC1A 2HR.
Originally the works club for the Greater London Council and its
predecessors, we're now open to all players, irrespective of employment,
and more than half of our current membership is drawn from beyond
the ranks of the GLC. We remain the chess club for players who have
worked for the Greater London Council, London Residual Body, Inner
London Education Authority or the current Greater London Authority.
We're always keen to recruit new members of all playing strengths
for our league teams and club activities. You can get an idea of
what the club does by browsing this site. We've been featured in
Metro Newspaper, as
a setting in a bestselling
thriller and have advised a theatre company on the depiction
of chess in a major London production. We hope you will want to
Visit the Calendar page to see what's
happening in the 2023-24 season. We also have a page on Facebook.
Some of our club tournaments are open to non-members too, on payment
of the non-member entry fee.
Covid-19 measures at our venue
- No person should attend the club if they have symptoms of Covid-19
( e.g. cough, cold or flu-like symptoms, loss of sense of taste
or smell) or have had a recent positive test result.
- Ventilation - the Upper Vestry House is a large room with high
ceiling and windows at both ends, which can be opened on club
nights to provide cross-ventilation, weather conditions permitting.
If you would like to try out the club, please drop by on a Tuesday
evening - your first two club nights are free with no obligation
to become a member To join the club and participate in internal
club tournaments or play for one of our league teams, you must first
complete a membership application form at the club on a Tuesday
evening and pay your subscription. You must also take out English
Chess Federation Bronze Membership (cost £18) to play
in any of our graded competitions which includes all league matches
and some tournaments. If you are already an ECF member, please provide
your membership number and expiry date.
- From 1 September 2023 the full-year new member subscription
to 31 August 2024 is £50
Juniors under 18 years of age and full-time students pay £30
- For existing members the full subscription is £75 (£40
for juniors and full-time students)
The club offers free membership to holders of the GM, IM, FM and
WGM, WIM and WFM titles.
Subscriptions can be paid using the Paypal buttons below, by electronic
bank transfer, cheque (payable to 'Greater London Chess Club') or
cash to any of the club officers or team captains.
If you'd like further information on the club please contact Tyrone
The club venue is the Upper Vestry House, St
George's Church, Bloomsbury. Our full address is:
Upper Vestry House
St George's Bloomsbury
6 Little Russell Street
London WC1A 2HR
Refurbished thanks to grants from the Paul Mellon Architectural
Fund (World Monuments Fund in Britain) and Heritage Lottery Fund,
the Upper Vestry House offers a light, spacious and wel-ventilated
playing room with separate kitchen. There are several excellent
pubs nearby for post-match refreshments, and the club normally adjourns
to the Museum Tavern at the end of an evening. The venue is accessible
from the rear of St George's Church, on Little Russell Street (map).
The picture top right shows the front of the church in Bloomsbury
entrance to the Upper Vestry House is on the right hand side of
the rear of the church, up the steps in the picture, lower right.
Nearest tube stations are Holborn (5 minutes walk) and Tottenham
Court Road (7 minutes walk). Buses from the west end stop directly
outside the church on Bloomsbury Way and those from the City and
south of the river, in nearby New Oxford Street. There is limited
on-street parking near the venue (free after 6.30pm). Bloomsbury
Square underground car park is only 5 minutes walk from St George's.
Club nights are Tuesdays from 6.30pm, September to June. See the
Calendar page for further details.
= Gin Lane Chess Club?
The spire of St George's Church, with the statue of George I on
top can clearly be seen in the background of Hogarth's famous 1751
drawing 'Gin Lane'. The Lions and Unicorns adorning the steeple
in Hogarth's drawing were removed in the 19th century but have recently
been replaced as part of the church refurbishment.
These pages are maintained by Nigel
Chairman of the Trustees
|Publicity and Website Officer
Details of team captains appear on the Public Service and London
are grateful to Big
Game Hunters for supporting our summer tournament 2013.
Big Game Hunters have celebrated their love for activity and
games for over 13 years, by providing a large selection of games
for families of all ages, and are proud to include their range
of garden chess sets which utilise the skilful and tactical play
of traditional chess, while enhancing the fun with giant accessories.