London’s Private Members’ Clubs
by Fitzroy of London
Private members’ clubs in London have come a long way since the days of the stuffy gentleman’s club.
The capital now boasts one of the most diverse selections of clubs in the world. So, whether you’re looking for a luxury club, a well-being club, creative club that focuses on music and art, indulge in fine wine and food, or you’re looking for somewhere to relax with perfectly designed rooms with interesting people, you’ll find it in London.
3 St. James’s Square
Spotting a gap in the market for an uber-private club with a focus on health and wellbeing, Mark Chambers has used his decades of knowledge of the hospitality industry to launch the club top help ‘bring balance to busy lifestyles’. The address already is an indication of how exclusive a private members’ club it is.
With a £2,000 joining fee + £6,000 annual membership fee, there are no corners missed here, with only the best customer service, which sees your gym kit pressed and ready for your arrival, a luxurious spa and a Somadome meditation pod. Every detail has been thought of to create a seamless experience – down to the Dyson Airblade hairdryers in the changing rooms and the heated loungers to ease post-workout muscles.
Business mogul, Robin Birley, owner of London’s most exclusive private members’ club, 5 Hertford Street, has opened a new club on Mayfair’s prestigious Albemarle Street. The club looks to offer members a focus around wine with dedicated storage space for private collections and named Oswalds – after Robin Birley’s grandfather – an English portrait painter and royal portraitist. The club will consist of an 80 cover restaurant, wine cellars and eventually a first floor drawing room. With plenty of storage space for private collections with the club selling wines at retail prices with no corkage charges.
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 the swanky open-plan workspaces and offices. It’s 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.
Opening in January 2019 in Marylebone, as a sister club to Home House. The club is expected to have a strong business aesthetic, plenty of networking opportunities and a plethora of connections to enable entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. Located across four elegant grade-II listed five storey Georgian townhouses on Great Cumberland Place – designed by Russell Sage Studio, including 25 boutique bedrooms, a brasserie-style restaurant, study café, several bars and business lounges.
Taking over Washington House by the founder of New York-based, ethical fashion brand Maiyet. The eight-storey building at 41-42 Conduit Street, next to the Westbury Hotel, was formerly home to Brasserie Chavot and a basement nightclub as well as providing event space and conference facilities. Expect the new club to feature dedicated work, lifestyle and social spaces as well as several open terraces.
Ennismore (behind The Hoxton Hotels) is opening a private member’s club inspired by their Gleneagles luxury resort in Scotland, in Mayfair, on Grafton Street. The iconic country estate nestled in the beautiful hills of Perthshire Scotland, offers a glorious playground of thrilling country pursuits and has been a luxury destination for nearly a century.
Set to open in the summer, Ministry of Sound’s first private member’s club will provide 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 will be invited to join The Ministry’s private club and take advantages of amenities including a cinema, event space, immersive technology studio, sound-proof production suites, a restaurant and seventy-foot bar, all just a stone throw away from the iconic nightclub. Invitation for the club, is strictly invite-only.
Soho House and New York’s Sydell Group joined forces to create the Ned, which opened in London in 2017.
The development which was once a former banking hall, now boasts eight restaurants, a hotel with 252 bedrooms, a range of grooming services and private members’ club called “Ned’s Club” and a social and fitness clubw here members have access to a rooftop pool, gym, spa, hammam, and a late-night lounge bar.
Ned’s Club Upstairs has a heated pool overlooking the London skyline and two converted domes with outdoor terraces for eating and drinking. The Roof Bar features a retractable roof and heaters and offers views of the City and St Paul’s Cathedral, with an international menu prepared on the rotisserie grill and wood oven.
Behind a 20-tonne, two-metre wide vault door is the Vault Bar & Lounge, an-all hours cocktail bar lined with thousands of original safety deposit boxes.
Nestled in the heart of Soho, Blacks Club is famed for the supper clubs that it now hosts at least once a month, with a focus either on wine, fashion or art. The website states: “The theme is always celebrated in style with special menus and plenty of wine; it is always a popular night with the members.”
There is a one-off joining fee of £250 and an annual membership costs £525, while a dual or couple membership costs £750. Under 30’s benefit from a discounted price of £300.
Money can’t buy you a membership at the prestigious Hurlingham Club in Fulham – at the moment at least – according to its website, which states “the waiting list for new members is now closed, subject to annual review.”
The huge grounds feature outdoor and indoor pools, squash and tennis courts, a gym, bar and conservatory. In addition to countless rooms and terraces, it resembles a country estate.
Members are expected to rub shoulders with London’s elite and even royalty, Princess Charlotte was reported attending tennis lessons here.
White’s is considered one of London’s oldest and most exclusive gentleman’s clubs – it doesn’t even have a website. Based in St. James, it is one of a handful in the city that do not allow women to enter at all, according to The Guardian.
Prince Willia, Charles and the Duke of Wellington, as well as David Cameron have all reportedly been members at some point.
The Devonshire Club
The Devonshire Club, located in the heart of the City, opened its doors in 2016.
Housed on over 60,000 sq ft in a 19th century Regency warehouse, it boasts 68 bedrooms, a 110-seat brasserie, three bars, four private event rooms, a member’s gym, glazed garden room, outdoor terrace and a private courtyard garden.
The club offers members an opulent space to relax and conduct business. It attracts the likes of financiers and city professionals, as well as creative execs based in Shoreditch and Hoxton.