The Friends of the Royal Hospital Chelsea is an active and welcoming membership scheme, offering a sociable experience to all our members as well as a deeper engagement with the Hospital and the Chelsea Pensioners.

Crucially, revenue generated from subscriptions and members’ events is a vital income stream which supports the on-going work of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Our popular annual events programme, which is open exclusively to Friends, includes lectures, musical recitals, regular trips to historic houses and military sites of note, many of which are typically closed to the public. It also provides a wonderful opportunity to meet like-minded supporters of the Hospital.

If you would like to help repay the nation's debt to the Chelsea Pensioners, why not consider becoming a Friend? Membership starts from as little as £35 per year for Silver Friends and offers a range of benefits including invitations to members' events throughout the year. Most importantly, your membership subscription in its entirety will be directed towards safeguarding the future of our remarkable veterans.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Friends!

Become a Silver Friend

As a Silver Friend you will be invited to a number of special occasions which form an integral part of the Hospital’s annual calendar. Benefits include:

The ceremonial Governor's Review (up to five tickets per Friend);

A subscription to our bi-annual newsletter for supporters: Homefront;

Access to a host of social events, held exclusively for our supporters. In the past these have included wine tastings, dinner parties, tours, concerts and lectures.

Become a Gold Friend

As a Gold Friend, you'll be entitled to all the benefits of Silver membership, but in addition you will receive special membership of The Sloane Club. Originally a club for serving  former lady officers of World War II, this elegant and comfortable Chelsea townhouse opened its doors to gentlemen in the 1970s. Offering luxurious bedrooms, plus a spa, dining room and bar, The Sloane Club is  the perfect place to stay after an event at the Royal Hospital.  Membership benefits include:

Use of Dining Room and bar, which are exclusive to members;

Use of the Sloane Club Spa;

Accommodation from Friday – Monday, rates from £138 (subject to availability and conditions apply);

Invitation to Sloane Club members’ events, from seasonal Club dinners to weekend tours of heritage attractions.

Become a Platinum Friend

Our Platinum Friends enjoy all the benefits of Gold and Silver membership, but are also welcomed to three very special occasions in the Royal Hospital's calendar. The first is our prestigious Founder's Day parade held annually to commemorate the generosity and vision of King Charles II and where the Chelsea Pensioners are inspected by a member of the Royal Family.

The second sought after invitation is to a reception and private view of the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show, a celebration of the highest quality horticulture.

Finally, Platinum members receive invitations to our exclusive annual Gala Dinner, attended by dignitaries, Chelsea Pensioners and held in the Hospital’s historic Great Hall, designed by Sir Christopher Wren.

 More information

For more information about becoming a Friend of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, contact Jessica Harpur in the Friends team on:

T: 020 7881 5516


You can download our 'Become a Friend' brochure here.  Alternatively, we can post you a copy if you click on the button below and complete your details.

For information on paying via CAF cheque, VAT & donations in regards to Friends Membership, please contact us.


To comply with HMRC VAT requirements, please find below a summary of how your membership is split between the value of benefits received (the ‘VATable’ portion of the membership subscription) and the value of the donation:

Membership Level

Value of Benefits (‘vatable’)

Value of Donation

Silver 1 Adult



Silver 2 Adults



Gold 1 Adult



Gold 2 Adults



Platinum 1 Adult



Platinum 2 Adult




Friends Membership and Gift Aid

Please be aware the Friends of the Royal Hospital Chelsea will not claim Gift Aid on your Friends Membership. If you make any additional donation over and above the membership amount we are able to claim gift aid on this if you complete the gift aid declaration in the brochure.  This is pending further review. 

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