Eccentric Club 'Friday the 13th' Dinner in Mayfair

After a few decades of giving it a miss, the Eccentric Club members are gathering on 13th of March at 13 minutes past 7 for their traditional ceremonial “Friday the 13th” Dinner.

London, United Kingdom, March 09, 2009 --( Allegedly, the tradition goes back to 1780s, when members of the ‘Society of Eccentrics’ ridiculed superstitions by dining surrounded by bad omens. Abandoned, it was revived in 1880s by The Thirteen Club, famous both in Britain and the US, many members of which later joined the Eccentric Club and made it an important annual event in the club’s calendar.

Members of the club argue that ‘it’s all in our minds’, that they are bad-luck immune simply due to their lack of belief into any effect of opening umbrellas indoors, walking under ladders, black cats and number 13 on their lives and business. Instead, they intend to turn it into a ‘good luck raising event’ and plan to raise some funds for their recently re-established club and public awareness about its comeback.

In less than a year, the Club has gained enormous popularity, going from strength to strength, despite remaining without own premises.

This time the eccentrics will be guests of the Arts Club in Dover Street, Mayfair, many members of which are well known for their eccentricity. But then again – aren’t we all a bit eccentrics?


For more information, please contact: Club Secretary of The Eccentric Club (UK) on 0845 224 1781 or 0786 751 3645



All correspondence to be sent to:
The Eccentric Club
27 Old Gloucester Street
London WC1N 3AX

The Arts Club
40 Dover Street
London W1S 4NP
(Nearest underground station: Green Park)
Venue website:

Admission by registered guestlist only. Online registration:

Entrance fee: £65.00, price includes welcome drink on your arrival, dinner served in backwards order, eccentric entertainment, insurance from bad luck, half a bottle of wine per person and a refreshing tea or coffee before you leave. Suggested (but non-obligatory) dress code: smart decadence & gothic chic.

Photograph of the dinner held at the Eccentric Club on Friday, the 13th of November 1936 (Available from Getty Images):
The Eccentric Club (UK)
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