From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
A dining club is a social group, usually requiring membership (which may, or may not be available only to certain people), which meets for dinners and discussion on a regular basis. They may also often have guest speakers. Clubs may limit their membership to those who meet highly specific membership requirements, for example the Coningsby Club requires that one attended Oxbridge, whilst others may require applicants to pass an interview, or simply pay a large membership fee.
A dining club differs from a gentlemen's club in that it does not have permanent premises, often changing the location of its meetings and dinners. However, the members of both dining and gentlemen's clubs are often from the same social background.
List of dining clubs
This list is incomplete. Date of founding in brackets