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The naval heritage club of Portsmouth

One of the oldest hotels in Portsmouth, The Royal Maritime Club was first established here at Queen Street in 1850. As the Sailors' Home it was set up to look after sailors and marines. who were"between ships". The Royal Navy treated its sailors terribly when they returned, after two or three years at sea, an unkindness our founders could not bear. The Sailor's Home aimed to provide respectable home comforts as well as a safe place to leave money!.

Royal status

The club gained 'Royal patronage' in 1855, after Prince Albert visited the hotel. Queen Victoria then became our patron. There have been royal visits throughout the 20th century too, including Queen Elizabeth II in 1986 (patron till 2007) and Prince Charles (patron since 2007) a year later.

Casualty of war

Like so many others, the Club did not make it through World War II unscathed. On 10th January 1941, half the building was bombed, only for the remainder to be destroyed two months later on 10th March. However, the hotel was not abandoned. The Royal Navy built it again from the ground up, reopening on 4th March 1952. It has been a home from home for many ever since.

Charitable status

The club gained charitable status in 1883. Membership is open to all serving and retired members of the Armed Forces and their families as well as those of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Merchant Navy, for whom it was founded.

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  • “Yourself and all your fantastic staff, right through from the reception meet and greet to compére, waiters and waitress room service, and all that assisted on her day were fantastic. Thank you again and again”

    Gary (father of the bride)

  • "A massive thank you from all of us here at Thunderer Squadron for putting on such an incredible show on Wednesday evening. We had a fantastic night and I have received many kind words from our guests, who all thoroughly enjoyed the event"

    National Oceanography Centre

  • "We just wanted to say a very big thank you to you & all the staff at the Royal Maritime Club for making our wedding the most amazing day! From the beginning to end your arrangements were first class & made for a very stress free & enjoyable day!"

    Jayne & Gary

  • “The Nelson Lounge fitted the needs of the guests perfectly and everyone was very complimentary about the food, so please give my thanks to the chef”.


The Royal Maritime Club
75-80 Queen Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3HS

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