"A new era in club hospitality" may sound like a bold claim, but the soon-to-open Devonshire Club promises to live up to the hype. This enclave of exclusivity – which is aimed specifically at City workers, and will occupy six floors of a listed 19th century warehouse near Liverpool Street – is raising the bar when it comes to members' clubs, and bringing them firmly back into the spotlight.
The man behind the club, Brian Clivaz (aka the "King of Clubs") was launch MD of Home House and the revamped Arts Club, so expect this destination to quickly become the hottest ticket in the City, with a feel that's distinctly more Mayfair than Monument.
So what will the £2,400 per year membership fee (or ten-year debenture membership for £24,000) get you? Well, for starters, there's three bars – Cocktail, Champagne and, in keeping with tradition, Library – as well as a 120-seat brasserie, one of only 12 places in the UK to serve Kobe beef, and four private dining rooms. Sixty-eight luxury bedrooms will accommodate those who wish to stay overnight, while the gym and pilates studio will assist in counteracting any overindulgence. Speaking of which, there are also blow dry and nail bars, as well as a spa.