Thinking of taking out a membership at a London private members’ club but not sure which one best suits your needs? This round-up might help you decide…
12 Hay Hill
Set within an imposing six-storey building on the south corner of Berkeley Square – with a dining room, deli-bar and gallery lounge run by the Michelin-starred chef, Shaun Rankin – 12 Hay Hill is one of the latest most talked-about clubs in town, with one simple vision: to become a hub for entrepreneurs and business people looking for a physical presence in Mayfair. Networking has never looked so cool.
The Arts Club
Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Franz Liszt and Walter Sickert – they all frequented the famous Arts Club in days gone by. In 1896, the club relocated from its original home on Hanover Square to its present 18th-century townhouse at 40 Dover Street, and in 2011 it relaunched after a major renovation. A beautiful, stylish hub for creative and entrepreneurial patrons to come together to meet, dine and exchange ideas.
5 Hertford Street
Robin Birley’s impressive 18th-century townhouse in the midst of Shepherd Market has two restaurants, three bars, a cinema room and the nightclub, LouLou’s – the hotspot of choice for business tycoons, royalty and more than the occasional celebrity. Glamorous doesn’t begin to describe it.
Located on 2 Queen Street, Mayfair, and the smallest branch of the Soho House group, Little House shares the group’s signature style – vintage furniture, bespoke art collection, booths – with the restaurant, drawing room and salon bar featuring works by Taryn Simon and Jenny Holzer and a programme of members’ events.
Upstairs at L’Escargot
From the elegant Le Salon Vert private dining room to Le Salon Noir with its own skylight that allows members to watch the sun set over London, the emphasis on Upstairs at L’Escargot, which is located in a 280-year-old town house on Greek Street, is on tradition, comfort and French heritage.
Grace Belgravia Club
Grace Belgravia is the only leading health, wellbeing and lifestyle club for women built on the philosophy that to thrive we need to invest in our health. Led by a team of internationally recognised medical experts and therapists who can advise on every stage of your life, the club has a dynamic events and networking calendar with a focus on arts, fashion, culture, current affairs, health and wellbeing.
Main image: 12 Hay Hill