LRC (Ladies Recreation Club), Hong Kong

Words/ David Brightling

Image/ Courtesy of the LRC

Founded in 1883 as a club for colonial ladies and their children, the LRC occupies a wonderful location in MidLevels, Hong Kong. At the time of its founding, it was only accessible by rickshaw, halfway up a narrow winding road leading to The Peak. Now, as the photo shows, the city has grown up around it and the LRC is a recreational and social oasis surrounded by tall apartment blocks. Men were permitted to join in the 1990s and now comprise about half the membership. When I managed the Club (2003-2007), the LRC elected its first male president, who was referred to as the “First Lady” in an article in The South China Morning Post!

Best known for tennis (10 courts) and swimming (indoor pool, outdoor pool and baby pool), the LRC also offers squash, badminton, fitness, bowling, a full service spa, facilities and programs for children and many dining options, most with an alfresco section. Indian and Thai food are member favorites and the Club has an extensive wine cellar (Gewurztraminer goes particularly well with curry dishes). ACC Members are welcome to use the LRC’s sports and social amenities and will enjoy a friendly welcome from LRC members. Dress is smart casual. Letter of Introduction required.


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