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The Helena May is a Club for women which also welcomes male associate members. It was established in 1916 by Lady Helena May, the wife of the Governor, Sir Henry May, with its objective being the promotion of the welfare of women and girls in Hong Kong. Apart from Club facilities The Helena May also offers accommodation and it is centrally located in a gracious heritage building on Hong Kong Island.

The Helena May Story
A video about the history of The Helena May
Produced by James Wong. Playpen Productions

- Click here to view the video

The Helena May was declared a heritage building in 1993 and has proudly stood on Garden Road, Central, for over 100 years. Opened in 1916 and built in the Edwardian Classical Revival style with Beaux Arts, Baroque and Mannerist features, this building has long featured in Hong Kong's history and in the stories of the many women, both local and international, who have benefitted from its existence.

The Helena May Council embarked on a programme of renovations and preservation prior to the celebrations for its centenary in 2016 and also to go forward into its next century. Although the interior has changed over time, our main objective of providing an affordable meeting place and residence for women and girls and a charitable focus on helping women and girls in need, has never changed.

Donations towards the preservation and maintenance of The Helena May are always welcome. Please contact our General Manager at

Mission Statement
Situated in a unique heritage building in the heart of Hong Kong, The Helena May aspires to be a welcoming and affordable club for women of all nationalities and from all walks of life. Offering dining facilities, accommodation and an extensive English language library as well as a wide range of social and cultural activities, The Helena May Membership also recognises the vision of its founder in its focus on its community outreach programme, environmental stewardship and heritage conservation, with overall emphasis on the wellbeing and interests of all women and girls living in Hong Kong.

A Treasured Past
Learn more about our history in the Our Heritage section.

Active Community Outreach
The Helena May plays an active role in the Hong Kong community by:
  • raising funds for charities
  • sponsoring community events
  • utilising the talents of The Helena May membership to help needy groups in the community
  • serving as the meeting place for women's organisations

An elegant place to relax and make friends
Situated in a unique heritage building in the heart of Hong Kong, The Helena May is a welcoming and affordable organisation for women of all nationalities and from all walks of life. The Helena May offers fine dining, meeting rooms, accommodation, an extensive English language library and a wide range of social and cultural activities.

Dress Code
The Helena May Dress Code for the Main Lounge and public areas is Smart Attire. Items such as singlets, sportswear, beachwear, baseball caps, rubber flip-flops, torn jeans and shorts of any kind are not considered appropriate. To save embarrassment to members, residents and guests, it is essential that members inform their guests in advance of the Dress Code. Children of 12 years of age and over must comply with the Dress Code requirements in the same manner as adults. An exception will be made on Saturdays before 5:00pm when a more relaxed, yet smart dress code is permitted in keeping with the general Dress Code.

The Helena May
35 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong.    Tel: (852) 2522 6766   Fax: (852) 2537 5258
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