The members’ club scene in London is changing, where business-led and modern options are the order of the day. Here, we talk you through the best members’ clubs in London, as well as what to look out for when searching for the right club.
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One for the kids…
You might hang out at Annabel’s (below) on a week night but that’s no good at the weekend when you have the sprogs in tow. Now sister club George – the most family (and dog) friendly in the Birley group – has introduced the George Junior Membership which encourages members’ children to enjoy their own club membership – with its own benefits. Mini members (from 0-13) will have access to a range of cool and educational events, from film screenings and themed parties to instructive activities. And don’t think the grown ups will be deciding all the rules. A specially selected Kids’ Committee will be deciding on the menu, which charities to support and initiatives to get involved in, so it’s an encouraging environment giving children the freedom to take responsibility. And meanwhile you can be reading the Sunday papers over coffee and cake. Sounds like a good deal.
Read about the launch of George’s Dog Committee
For membership enquiries please email or call 020 3879 9146 email@example.com
CLUB64 is the sequel to Soho’s finest styling spot SALON64. Modelled around the modern-day speakeasy, this new club pays homage to the very first French salon which launched back in 1664 – granting access to only the most elite ladies of the time. The modern day version is set to be the ultimate pre-cursor for nights out in London, helpfully located bang in the middle of one of the city’s most lively districts. Think lavish designs, expert mixologists, a cosy fire pit and plenty of French Champagne, with none of the usual worries about lack of seating or long wait times at the bar.
For more information visit salon64.co.uk
Annabel’s once came to life after dark, now it is offering a near 24/7 service (7am to 4am) with restaurants, bars, a garden terrace, private dining rooms, a spa and a cigar room. A number of niche touches have been added to the mix, from a dog walker billed as ‘the world’s finest’ to look after members’ pets to an ice-carver whose job is to carve out different-shaped ice cubes for cocktails. But despite its 21st-century evolution, there are some ways in which Annabel’s will remain old school – telephones and laptops are barred from all but one floor.
For membership enquiries and more information, visit the Annabel’s website
Old-style gentlemen’s clubs still exist. And there are more inclusive, but more traditional clubs around, too –
The Library, for instance. It’s been around for a while but has offered a somewhat fresher take on where to hang out. But this year marks another shift – clubs that are geared more towards business than the ‘scene’. Clubs have always been places to network and do deals, but not so much specifically designed for creating slideshows or holding company conferences. Soho Works is a telling sign of this, moving past the idea of a ‘club,’ instead blending that aesthetic with a working environment, almost like London’s Second Home space. But don’t worry – alongside the boardrooms, there are still afternoon teas and cocktails to be had. And cigars. The shift is as gradual as you might surmise.
Enquire about membership at sohoworks.com
Technically only the kids are actually members here, but it’s beneficial for both child and parent. Nestled in a cosy mews in stylish Notting Hill, Cloud Twelve club is a step above all others like it – except after visiting and getting an in-depth tour, we can confirm there isn’t another club like it at all. The detail and sheer thought that has been put into every aspect of the Cloud Twelve experience, from the names of the rooms (air, water, and other natural elements) to the sustainable, organic products used is extraordinary. The result of all this effort is Cloud Twelve, a kids club downstairs, members only, and a wellness haven and spa upstairs, which is open to non-members too.
Range of memberships available; cloudtwelve.co.uk
The best part of a membership at South Kensington Club is exclusive access to arguably one of the sleekest London spas. It seems that no matter how posh the spa, you are often left with some reminder of the clinical – an unappealing work surface or a mechanical looking spa bed. South Kensington Club hits a home run on this front with facilities that are as relaxing, warm and delightfully enveloping as the treatments. Speaking of which, private members can relish in the one-of-a-kind intensity of treatments in the Banya. Clients can expect their banschiks to guide them through hot and cold intervals of high temperature eucalyptus stimulations and ice water dunks, the combination of which have a cleansing effect. Another form of parenia begins with the application of a specialised lemon and grapefruit preparation to balance the skin and initiate a gentle cleansing effect. The strength of the heat and humidity combine to enhance a meditative state. Downtime in the Tea Library following intense treatments is the much needed chance for the the body to absorb the benefits of the treatments.
Full membership is £3,500 annual; southkensingtonclub.com
Albert’s Private Members’ Club re-opened last year on Beaufort Street in the heart of Chelsea, returning as a four-story townhouse – three times bigger than its previous venue. Albert’s distinctive atmosphere of quintessential English charm is now flooded with natural light and a relaxed sophistication that permeates the venue by day, to become electric as dusk falls. The redesign, led by Olivia Alexandra Interior Design, incorporates geometric patterns that play against warm prints and heavy velvets. Inviting brass tones lighten the rich, signature Albert’s design details of vibrant wallpapers and sumptuous flourishes. Members can can spread their time across the venue’s multiple areas, which include a Club Room with an all-day restaurant and bar, Private Dining Room perfect for hosting events and meetings, and finally the Penthouse Champagne Bar: the ideal spot for drinks late into the night.
Enquire about membership here beauforthousechelsea.co.uk
Undoubtedly the mecca of all meccas for wine lovers,
67 Pall Mall is a formidable three-story establishment with views looking on to St James’ Palace. Last year the club opened an entirely new floor and began accepting new full members for the first time since membership closed in 2015. The members’ lounge is found in Hambros’ former banking hall, where members can scroll through an unrivalled wine list on the in-house iPads, which are also loaded with critic’s scores and winemakers’ notes. Sensitively designed by Russell Sage, the club’s Wine Library displays thousands of bottles from their collection, enticing every oenophile to peruse and select wines to their heart’s content. Besides this, 67 Pall Mall’s extensive wine cellar also offers a Member’s Reserve facility, allowing members to store some of their own personal wine collection in the club cellars.
£1,500 per annum (+£1,500 joining fee); 67pallmall.co.uk
It’s hard to beat
Mortimer House on location. Housed within a large Art Deco building in Fitzrovia, central London’s latest private members’ club is right in the middle of the action – just a few steps from Oxford and Regent Street, Marylebone and Goodge Street. Pair this with swanky open-plan workspaces and offices, and you’ve got the ideal spot for London’s freelance creatives to call home. The six-floor members’ club also comprises a 24-hour state-of-the-art gym, a casual ‘Living Room’ with central bar, library and cosy fireplaces, and even a meditation room on the top floor – all of which provide a much-needed opportunity to wind down and relax, essential for mental wellbeing in a modern co-working space. In their much-loved restaurant, new head chef Lello Favuzzi (previously L’Anima) offers an Italian-Israeli menu, with a newfound focus on simplicity and vibrant colours, as well more vegan, vegetarian and healthy dishes. The buzzy atmosphere, Brooklyn loft-style interiors and light-flooded rooms create a haven away from the crowds of central London which you’ll struggle to leave – especially with the innumerable benefits of being a member that make the space more comfortable than home.
Social membership £100, complete memberships from £400; mortimerhouse.com
Ministry of Sound opened their first private member’s club last year, providing a new space for the city’s creative community to socialise and work. Following the new trend for collaborative workspaces, a curated community from music, media, culture and tech industries are invited to join
The Ministry‘s private club and take advantage of amenities including a cinema, event space, immersive technology studio, sound-proof production suites, a restaurant and seventy-foot bar, all just a stone’s throw from the iconic nightclub. A new venture that’s strictly ‘by creatives, for creatives’, this might well be the new Soho House.
Membership is invite-only, but you can register your interest at theministry.com.
Having only opened in July,
24 Mayfair on Hertford Street is a 24-hour private members’ club complete with a Teppanyaki bar and separate cocktail bar with some of the most luxurious tipples and plates in London. Enjoy live music once a week and nightly DJ’s, and the plush interiors which make it an impressive place to use for day or evening meetings.
Register for membership at 24mayfair.co.uk
Describing itself as the place to see and be seen, Home Grown isn’t shy about its elitist status. From the team behind Home House is this new venture geared toward high growth business folk, inviting an exclusive cohort of proven entrepreneurs and investors to mix and mingle in a setting that’s infinitely more stylish than a stuffy boardroom. Having opened just this April, the spot is relatively brand new but has already accumulated an impressive members list which includes the founders of Not On The High Street and Seedlip, alongside private investor and ex-Dragon’s Den judge Richard Farleigh – you’ll be rubbing elbows with the best of the business world. So, if you’re a budding business or looking for an exciting new opportunity, you really can’t do better than securing yourself a spot at this Grade II-listed Georgian town house where, suffice to say, many deals will be made over a cocktail or two. Plus, there are 35 crash pads perfect for after a late night working in the city or if you’re climbing the stairs from a heavy night in the downstairs Unicorn Bar.
Membership from £1000 p/a. Joining fee is £299. For membership enquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Alongside a restaurant and hotel, The Curtain’s
members’ club is a place for East London creatives to network, play, learn and explore in London’s most happening area. It’s open from 7am to 2am daily allowing for the best of day and night hospitality and entertainment, with live music at its heart – including secret gigs, DJs and acoustic performances, as well as various other exclusive events and talks.
There are also quieter lounge spots to enjoy a nightcap or four, a co-working space which opened in late 2017 and a Screening Room which will hold private screenings, previews and presentations. Boasting a rooftop pool, design studio, 24 hour state-of-the-art gym and underground spa, it’s a member’s club that offers more than just reputation.
Annual membership at The Curtain is £1000 with a one off joining fee of £250; more information at thecurtain.com
Bon viveur Brian Clivaz has launched the
Devonshire Club. It comprises a club lounge, bars, 120-cover brasserie, private dining rooms, library with screening room, and hotel with 68 bedrooms – with an adjacent 18th Century townhouse home to the club spa and gym. It’s in a Grade II listed property in the heart of the City of London, the financial hub which is transforming a little. The newest outpost of Soho House – in the former Midland Bank building – is also nearby.
‘The Devonshire Club will be the focal point where those with Mayfair style and glamour meet East End chic,’ says Clivaz, who adds that it ‘offers a sophisticated atmosphere in which to conduct business, relax and entertain.’ Lord Ashcroft is a major investor. No doubt he’ll be staying clear of Mark’s.
A nnual membership is priced at £2,400 per annum, with an additional joining fee of £2,400; devonshireclub.com
Mark’s Club isn’t exactly new. It was originally opened in 1972 by Mark Birley. But it was purchased by Richard Caring (along with Annabel’s and Harry’s Bar) seven years ago and today, the club is set for a shake up, as Caring teams up with Peter Dubens (founder of London-based Oakley Capital) and financier Charles Price (son of the former US ambassador), with big plans for reinvention. Together they’ve backed chef Tom Aikens to great effect in the past. Mark’s Club is big time exclusive – but still deemed in the ‘new’ pack. We’re not sure whether the fact David Cameron is a member supports this, or completely diminishes it.
An annual subscription to Mark’s Club is £2,000 and there is an entrance fee for the first year of £1,000; marksclub.co.uk
This iconic London building and its neo-classical interiors has been meticulously restored by a team of experts commissioned by developers/hoteliers the Reignwood Group (also the new owners of Wentworth Golf Club). Now this 1920s heritage property houses a Four Seasons Hotel – with 98 guest rooms and suites – many with views of the Thames. What’s more, there’s 41 private residences, a private members’ club, two gourmet restaurants, and a spa. The club includes meeting rooms, a cigar lounge, bar, art gallery and business centre. It’s close to the City, and also wants to ‘reinvent’ the scene, or at least reignite it. It’s certainly part of the park, but definitely more old-school than many: the Château Latour Room, for example, comes in partnership with the well-known Médoc winemaker. These connections aren’t forged on a Macbook in a pair of Stan Smiths.
Ten Trinity Square Club opened in late 2017.
Accepting membership applications; club.tentrinitysquare.com
Spread across three Georgian townhouses in Marylebone (19, 20 and 21 Portman Square) Home House fuses 18th century opulence with 21st century design and a quintessentially British sensibility. With exceptional facilities – the club boasts two restaurants, five bars, lavish party rooms and intimate gardens – it offers members an unrivalled social calendar packed with endless events and societies. Home House has recently introduced a ‘daytime to playtime concept’, with the interiors of House 21 designed by
Russel Sage Studios and a new, high-tempo late dining offer in an elegant, British epicurean-inspired setting. There’s no interviews or esoteric initiations in the membership process – it’s billed as a ‘home from home’, albeit a supremely exclusive one.
Annual full membership at Home House is £1,275 for under-35s, £1,950 for those over 35; homehouse.co.uk
Back in the 60s, the likes of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones frequented Bag O’Nails, a legendary music venue located on Kingly Street in the heart of Soho. Now the iconic spot is being transformed into a trendy new private members’ club: The Court, which opened its doors in February. Features include a hot new restaurant with a menu developed by Michelin starred chef Tom Sellers, a chic Gatsby-style basement bar with an extensive cocktail menu and
décor by the internationally renowned artist Bradley Theodore and celebrity florist Nikki Tibbles. The club also intends to keep the venue’s rich musical history alive with a piano stage and nightly live entertainment.
Annual membership starts from £600 per year and interest can be registered via their website; thecourt.co.uk
‘There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women,’ said former USA Secretary of State, Madeline Albright. A powerful quote – and the inspiration behind the UK’s first women’s only members’ club, AllBright, founded by entrepreneur Debbie Wosskow and CEO of Hearst Anna Jones. Among its clientele are Naomie Harri and Olivia Wilde, as well as House of Lords peer, Martha Lane-Fox, EMEA Facebook VP, Nicola Mendelsohn, film-maker Gurinder Chadha and fitness guru Grace Belgravia. Here, women are inited to join together to meet like-minded women, to connect, network and collaborate.
Full membership is priced at £600 per year, and £540 per year for under 27s, with a £250 joining fee. allbrightcollective.com
Image: Taran Wilkhu
‘Togetherness’ is the key belief of Maggie & Rose, a family member’s club and nursery now opening their third branch in Islington. The stylish space is designed around a postal theme, resembling a chic post office sorting room, with touches like original old post box doors. Bringing together style and playful substance, the 1200sqm property offers endless opportunities for the little ones to entertain themselves, with an in-house ball pit, climbing wall and a raised tunnel extending all around the club’s brasserie, ideal for crawling around in as Mum and Dad enjoy some well-deserved rest. Older children needn’t feel left out, as they have their own Big Kids Den to hang out in. Members have access to an exclusive lounge and snug cinema to watch the latest family films.
Membership starts from £180 per month or £1980 annually, including a joining fee and deposit; maggieandrose.com start the slideshow