An important part of the Lisbon / Cascais area scene, is the Royal British Club, this was founded in 1888 and received royal patronage in 1903, which it still maintains to this day.
Our club fosters a warm and welcoming social environment through its many events each year. These can be formal such as a cocktail party at the British Embassy and our Gala dinners, or they can be informative with guest speakers &/or presentations. These are often over an informal lunch at which possible new business connections can be made. We do however aim to provide many fun and relaxed activities. Examples include wine tasting at local vineyards, monthly “Happy Hours, the traditional Christmas lunch, a “treasure hunt car rally” and “meet-ups” for significant sporting events, e.g. 6 Nations Rugby, as well many others.
We try to be as varied and inclusive as possible, with all our activities, to ensure everyone has the opportunity to take part and enjoy themselves.
The club welcomes and encourages not just UK members but members of all nationalities to join up. The current membership typically resides in the Lisbon/Cascais/Estoril/Sintra areas as well as the Algarve. The variety of the event attendees will ensure you are never at a loss for what to do during the year and will have many opportunities to meet interesting people from all walks of life while making new friends along the way. Non-members are equally welcome at club events and we hope that the friendliness and quality of these activities encourages them to join soon after their introduction.
Benefits of joining RBC
Multinational membership – Networking, making new friends, meeting old friends in beautiful, different and convivial locations. The RBC is recognised as a premier International Business & Social Club in Portugal with a significant membership.
Varied selection of events – monthly Happy Hours at the Hotel Baía (summer on the rooftop is very special), Social lunches, Corporate Sponsor events, Signature Events, Mystery Events.
Grémio Literário – The Club has an agreement with this prestigious Lisbon Club in the Chiado area, whereby RBC members are allowed, upon presentation of their membership card, to use their beautiful traditional Portuguese facilities, including the restaurant and bar.
Pestana Hotel chain – membership of the RBC gains entry to the Pestana Guest Club with significant benefits, including a high level of discount on bookings at the full chain of hotels and Pousadas, exclusive CR7, Hotels & Resorts Portugal and International.
Hotel Baía – membership of the RBC provides discount at this premier Hotel located in a prime position in Cascais. The Hotel Baía also provides exclusive support due to our long historic connections at our regular Happy Hour and social events.
Corporate Sponsors – the Club has a number of sponsors and their events, with presentations and talks on varied subjects, are always well attended.
Reciprocal Clubs – The Club has a number of affiliated clubs overseas, in the United Kingdom, Ireland and other countries, which welcome members to visit and use their facilities.
Golf – a thriving Golf Society where monthly tournaments are played at the beautiful Estoril Golf Club.
What is the Royal British Club?
The Royal British Club is a membership society enjoyed by expats from Britain and across the world who are based in Portugal
Who is behind the Royal British Club?
Take a look at the About Us section to meet the Officers of the Club.
What kind of events do you run?
We run a wide range of events in Cascais, Lisbon and other areas of Portugal. From simple Happy Hour drinks to full evening galas as well as numerous Golf events. There is something for everyone!
How do I pay for or return event tickets for one of your events?
Our events are listed on the Events page. If there is a cost for an event the price will be shown. By clicking on that event you can purchase a ticket online. For returns, please contact the Secretary of the club.
If I am attending an event, how do I advise you of any dietary or access requirements?
If it’s an event being run by RBC please email us, stating your full name and booking reference number (or follow the link on your booking confirmation email).
How do I join the RBC Golf Society?
We welcome new members to the Golf Society. Please contact our Golf Captain at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Can I bring friends who are not RBC members to any RBC events?
Yes, we welcome friends along to our events. In order to be sure that numbers do not exceed the maximum permitted, please advise us in advance.
What is disabled access like at RBC events, and are there disabled parking spaces?
There is step-free access into most of our event locations, and a disabled toilet is available onsite. Please contact us with any additional queries, we would be pleased to assist. There are disabled parking spaces available within the adjacent car park at the Baia Hotel where many of our events are held but please contact us regarding facilities at other locations.
What happens to lost property following an RBC event?
If you have forgotten or lost an item at one of our events please contact the team via the contact form here. We hold onto any lost property items for 4 weeks, after this time if unclaimed, they are donated to a charity if suitable or returned to the authorities in the case of forms of ID. Please note we are not responsible for any personal belongings left onsite at event locations.
The Royal British Club, Lisbon, Portugal, which was founded in 1888 and obtained its royal patronage in 1903 after a state visit to Portugal by King Edward VII, is an important social institution in the Lisbon / Cascais area for the British and international communities. His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was patron of the Club until his death in 2021 and His/Her Excellency the British Ambassador to Portugal is our President.
The Club is a private members’ Club, serving the social and business needs of its members within Portugal and abroad. Over the past years the Club’s activities have included informal lunches in Lisbon and Cascais some with speakers, a traditional Christmas lunch, cocktail parties at the British Embassy, a wine tasting event at a local vineyard, an evening presentation by a specialist in Portuguese cheese and a formal Gala Dinner at the Hotel Palacio in Estoril to commemorate Her Majesty the Queen’s Jubilee anniversary.
The membership includes nationals from Portugal, the United Kingdom and a number of other countries, mainly resident in the Lisbon/Estoril/Cascais/Sintra areas as well as in the Algarve. Non-members are welcome to attend the Club’s events with a view to joining at a later stage.
The Club has an agreement with the Grémio Literário, a prestigious Lisbon Club in the Chiado area, whereby RBC members are allowed, upon presentation of their membership card, to use their beautiful traditional Portuguese facilities including the restaurant and bar.
The Club has a number of affiliated clubs overseas, in the United Kingdom , Ireland and other countries, which welcome members to visit and use their facilities.
Discounts for members at some venues are available upon presentation of the membership card.
Our Club events offer an opportunity for members and their guests to interact and develop useful social and business contacts – newcomers to the area are welcomed by existing members, providing these contacts.
The Club also has an active and thriving Golfing Society, the Royal British Club Golfing Society, which holds monthly competitions, followed by lunch, which is often sponsored by companies or golf members. See the dedicated website section for more details.