The Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) is a non-profit, private Commonwealth members organisation, founded in 1910 to foster international understanding and friendship.
ROSL supports the Commonwealth through social, cultural and welfare projects including education projects in Namibia and Botswana, and the world-renowned Annual Music and Arts Competitions, offering young musicians and artists from the Commonwealth financial support and travel opportunities.
Benefits include the use of both clubhouses in London and Edinburgh, and the opportunity to visit over 90 reciprocal clubs around the world. ROSL members are also invited to attend a wide variety of events including tastings, dinners, cultural outings, concerts and art exhibitions.
Full membership is open to nationals of the UK and Commonwealth countries. Affiliate membership is open to citizens of all other countries. Only full members are granted the right to vote at the Annual General Meeting.
Individual applicants must be proposed and seconded, however, members of certain organisations (for example, the Royal Academy or the National Trust) or alumni of Universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and Trinity College Dublin, are exempt from this process. To check whether you qualify for organisational membership please click here.
To apply for membership as an Overseas Resident (resident of any country apart from the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand) you need only a seconder, who can be either a current ROSL member, or a person of recognised standing.
Residents of Australia and New Zealand are required to contact their local branch secretary to obtain an application form because the subscription rates are payable in local currency. Contact details for your local branch secretary can be found here.
The proposer may be a ROSL member or ROSL staff member as designated by the Director-General.
The seconder may be a ROSL member, bank manager, solicitor or another person of recognised standing.
Upon receipt of a completed application form, membership will be processed within 5-7 working days.
The joining fee, which is applicable per household, is a one-off administration fee payable upon joining the League.
The membership year runs for 12 months from the month you begin. View our subscription rates and download an application form here.
ROSL operates a smart/casual dress code policy. No sports wear, trainers or shorts should be worn in the clubhouses. Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket when dining in the Restaurant. The full dress code can be found here.
Members are asked to be considerate of others when making and receiving calls on mobile phones. Mobiles are not to be used in the bars, restaurants or drawing rooms of both clubhouses.
Limited parking facilities are available at Over-Seas House London: permission to use these facilities is at the discretion of the Management. Members may park only if they are resident, or using the Club's facilities; car keys must be deposited with the Hall Porters. Metered parking is available in St James's Street, St James's square or Pall Mall. Meters are in operation from 8am until 6.30pm and you will need a mobile phone to pay. Over-Seas House Edinburgh have no on-site parking, but metered parking is available nearby in the St James Centre.
In London we have 83 bedrooms, all en suite apart from two which share a bathroom on the corridor. In Edinburgh we have 20 en suite rooms.
As far in advance as possible. We recommend a minimum of three weeks on average.
Notification of cancellations must be received before noon on the day prior to the date of arrival. The Member will otherwise be liable for the full charge for one night if the room is not re-let.
Children are welcome at Over-Seas House.
Members may invite guests to Over-Seas House. The name and address of each guest, together with the name of the member, is to be entered in to the guest book kept for that purpose in the entrance hall. Members are responsible for their guests' behaviour and guests may not use the premises if unaccompanied by a member. Visitors are not admitted to bedroom floors except by special permission of the Duty Manager. If you wish for your spouse to use the accommodation at Over-Seas House they too must be a member in their own right.
ROSL premises are open to non-resident members daily from 8am until 11pm. There is a 24hr porter for those in residence. Office hours for general enquiries are Monday - Friday 9.30am until 5pm.