The Conduit, London

by Fitzroy of London

The Conduit in Mayfair is the latest to join a spate of new members’ clubs opening in London over the coming months.

Most of the members’ clubs are offering their own niche: The Ministry (which opened in July) is the Ministry of Sound’s first private members’ club, aiming to provide a space for the city’s creative community to socialise and work. It costs just £60 a month to be a member and has quirky novelty elements, such as the tequila bar in the women’s toilets. Then there’s the all bright (the second branch of which is opening in early 2019), a women-only club and networking space costing members £750 a year and boasting a waiting list of over 800 women. The Conduit, opening this September, is particularly interesting: the focus is attracting NGO leaders and others working in the charity sector, as well as investors looking for philanthropic opportunities.

Recently opened for the first time in September, the Conduit which is an invitation-only club that cost £38m to complete, is a membership club with a difference, it boasts Michelin-starred chefs, specially sourced ingredients, a late-night speakeasy – and a programme focused on social and environmental change.

Rowan Finnegan (Co-Owner of The Conduit) described the development, “The Conduit is about bringing people together with an ambition and capability to tackle some of the world’s biggest issues. Our membership criteria has been designed to ensure that those joining the community have a proven track record in systemic change.”

Inside The Conduit

Up at the top you’ll find a rooftop bar, while below on the fifth floor, members can enjoy the work areas and library – the space here can be hired out for private dining, receptions and screenings for up to 60 people. Michelin starred chef Merlin Labron-Johnson (who devotes personal time to cooking at the Refettorio Felix centre for the homeless) is at the helm of the fourth-floor restaurant and guests have a choice of eating in the dining room – which boasts an open kitchen, and extensive collection of organic and biodynamic wines – or outside in the plant-shrouded garden and terrace.

Below that, there’s the Conduit’s living room, which can fit up to 150 people for a seated meal or 250 for a drink’s reception. Many can hire the space for their own functions, meanwhile events already planned by the club include seminars covering economic opportunity and job creation, climate and sustainability, gender and empowerment and equality and Justine. Last but by no means least, the basement level is home to a luxury bar, where musicians will perform, films will be screened, and the resident mixologists will be shaking up original blends of booze-fuelled concoctions.

Who’s already a member of The Conduit?

The club already has several noteworthy names on its books. Founding members include the film-maker and activist Gillian Caldwell, Paul Polman, the head of Unilever, to Sir Ronal Rohen, the philanthropist and investor; media figures such as Christiane Amanpour from CNN; and individuals from the non-profit world including Salil Shetty, secretary-general of Amnesty International and Jermiah Emmanuel, a youth activist and consultant.

How do you become a member?

Anyone wanting to join the Conduit can apply to the club, along with ‘proof of their commitment to social change’. Successful applicants will then be invited to meet the membership team for an interview. Cost-wise, under 33s and professionals on the Social Impact Scheme (those working for the not-for-profit sector) are looking at £800 per year for membership. Meanwhile, investors hoping to join (who can prove their commitment to the charity sector) can become members for £1,800 per year’ plus there’s a joining fee of £850.

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