The Alpine Club, the world’s first mountaineering club, was founded in 1857.  For over 150 years, members have been at the leading edge of worldwide mountaineering development and exploration. 

With membership, experienced and aspiring alpinists benefit from a varied meets programme, regional lectures with notable guest speakers, reduced rates at many alpine huts, opportunity to apply for grants to support expeditions, significant discounts at many UK retailers, extensive networking contacts, access to the AC Library and maps - and more! 

Becoming a Member

In 1991 the Club secured its future by acquiring the freehold of a five-storey Victorian warehouse in Charlotte Road, on the edge of the City of London, just outside the London Congestion Charge Zone.

Three storeys have been converted into a lecture hall, real ale bar, library, office, bunkhouse and archives. The remaining floors are available to meet the future needs of the Club and are currently let to tenants.

Getting to the Club House

Nearest Tube: The Club House is a 10 minute walk From Old Street Tube station. When you come out of the station follow the signs for EXIT 3; once outside (up a ramp) carry straight on (Old Street) to a big road junction (with Great Eastern Road) and a pedestrian crossing. Cross over and take the smaller road to the left of Rivington House (the road has no name sign, it is Rivington Street) until it crosses Charlotte Road - turn right and the Alpine Club is on your left.

London Buses: Daytime buses run until about 0030. Night buses run from about 0030. The following bus stops are close to the club (see map above): Ravey Street (2 minute walk), Curtain Road (5 minute walk), Coronet Street (5 minute walk), Shoreditch Town Hall Old Street (5 minute walk). All London bus routes can be found on the Bus map and Night Bus map. If you know the bus route number click here to see the route and timetables.

Club House Office Opening Hours

The office is open Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 5.00pm. It is closed for Bank Holidays, over Easter and Christmas, and for staff holidays. The Administrator is also at the Club to assist members until 7pm on evenings when there is a lecture.

Please telephone or email in advance if you wish to visit the Club on a Monday or Friday since the Library is closed and it is helpful for the Club office staff to be aware of your intention to visit, tel. 020 7613 0755; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

We regret that staff holidays and sickness can also result in the office being closed, occasionally at short notice, particularly on a Monday or Friday. 

Getting in Touch

(+44) 020 7613 0755 

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