Discover a new breed of highly anticipated (and sought after) private Members Clubs coming soon to London.
Housed in a majestic six-floor Art Deco building in the heart of London’s Fitzrovia, Mortimer House (pictured) sets out to provide a “new experience for those who wish to create, work and unwind in equal measure.” Founded upon a philosophy of providing holistic balance in work and life, it is intended to “satisfy the needs of both the head and the heart”. Facilities include offices, meeting rooms, event spaces, lounges, terrace, studio and gym – melding “mid-century design touches with the classicism of the original building.” Mortimer House is also home to Mortimer House Kitchen, which is also open to the public and will serve up Mediterranean cuisine. This is a new project by hotelier Guy Ivesha, in a joint venture with Cain Hoy and other private investors, as a premium work and lifestyle concept with a strong emphasis on hospitality.
Business mogul, Robin Birley, owner of London’s most exclusive private members’ club, 5 Hertford Street, is opening (in February, 2018) a new club on Mayfair’s prestigious Albemarle Street. Taking over what was formerly The Albemarle, which was established as a ‘progressive’ private members gentleman’s club originally founded in 1874. In 1895 the club become notorious for being the location of the incident that led to the first libel action trial (and subsequent prosecution) of Oscar Wilde, a member of the Albermarle. Since then, the actual club (moved to nearby) Ely House and the building fell into gradual disrepute, being described as a club with “traditional hues and modern pleasures”. The club, named Oswald’s – after Robin Birley’s grandfather – a famous English portrait painter and royal portraitist – has a focus around wine with dedicated storage space for private collections and selling wines at retail prices and with no corkage charges.
Annabel’s has a new address and a 2017 move-in date. The relocation of the legendary Annabel’s to a close-by Mayfair townhouse and ready for members to move into from October. Annabel’s was originally founded in 1963 (beneath the Clermont Club) by the doyen and tastemaker Mark Birley, and named after his wife Lady Annabel Vane-Tempest-Stewart, who would later marry Sir James Goldsmith. The Mayfair institution and celebrity hangout was sold to restaurateur tycoon Richard Caring and now he is moving the club to a nearby (and bigger) location – actually just two doors down the street. The elegant premises in a Georgian townhouse also houses new lounge areas, bars, dining and meeting rooms and an outdoor restaurant terrace (with a retractable roof). In addition, there is also to be a gym and health club – including fitness studios and treatment rooms.
Mayfair is to be home to yet another new members’ club – with the taking over of 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.
Credit: With thanks to Hugo at Urbanologie for the article.
Featured Image: Annabel’s
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