Few places are more harmonious than a good private members' club.
A secluded space to relax, eat and drink, catch up with friends or clients, and even enjoy a drink or two.
Naturally, London has no shortage of private members' clubs; indeed, with so many great venues, choosing the right one for you can be tricky.
We've drawn up an extensive list of the best private members' clubs in London.
Whether the latest name in town, or somewhere a little more traditional, we've found the right club for you…
Annabel's is a genuine institution in a part of London hardly short of them. The famous club was founded by Mark Birley in 1963, and has played host to celebrities, Euros and royals (even the Queen’s been) ever since. In 2018, the club moved home – two doors down – into a larger space at 46 Berkeley Square, a Grade I-listed Georgian townhouse. The resulting 26,000sq ft club is – unlike it's predecessor – open 24 hours a day. It's home to a collection of restaurants and bars, private dining rooms, a cigar salon, nightclub and workspace. The garden terrace has a giant glass retractable roof – it's the Centre Court of London restaurants. In winter 2019, the club is adding new Italian restaurant, Matteo’s. Complete with decadent interiors led by Martin Brudnizki – an striking homage to the original Annabel’s – the restaurant will be home to the world's biggest selection of Sassicaia, Monfortino and Dom Perignon. Three big reasons to book a table… you know, once you've managed to get a membership.
annabels.co.uk 46 Berkeley Square, W1J 5AT
Situated in the former home to Charles Fortnum (of Fortnum & Mason) which, you know, screams decadence in itself. The club arrived in 1992, naming itself as an opposition to the White's Club, where many of the members had supposedly been black-balled from, and has maintained its accepting, bohemian status ever since.
Inside, you are not allowed to take photos, you are allowed dogs, and there are art exhibitions, live music, and a lot of lovely food and drink. It's an ideal spot for switching off (laptops go off at 6pm) and embracing the secluded, Georgian, after-hours, liberty that you deserve, right in the middle of Soho (naturally).
blacksclub.com 67 Dean Street, Soho, W1D 4QH
Situated in a Georgian townhouse on Charles Street in the centre of Mayfair, Mark's is everything that you would expect from a traditional members' club, and it's all the more magnificent for it. Take for example its dress code, which states that "ladies should be elegantly dressed, while gentlemen are required to wear a jacket at all times… Suits are actively encouraged". While sportswear, naturally, is not. In October, Mark's Club will be opening The Birley Clubs' Cigar Keeps, which will have 70 Cigar Keeps, monitored by Master of Cigars, Alexia Demichelli and Cigar Sommelier, Vanessa Vieira. Alexia told Square Mile that "There is no place like it, here the heart of Mayfair, you can enjoy the finest cigar on a quiet morning whilst reading the news or drinking a coffee." It sounds good to us.
marksclub.co.uk 46 Charles St, Mayfair, W1J 5EJ
The name isn't as illicit as it may sound. The Private Members' Club is the second venture from Home House, which you'll find further down this list. The Marylebone establishment's name also references its clientele, paying special attention to proven entrepreneurs and investors. The six-storey building's facilities include pitching rooms, a restaurant which classes itself as 'British and wholesome with a touch of the experimental', a variety of bedroom sizes, and plenty of meeting spaces. There is a focus of connectivity at the heart of the club - ideal for opening your horizons.
homegrownclub.co.uk 44 Great Cumberland Place, Marylebone, W1H 7BS
Bath & Racquets Club
Nestled into Mayfair is a Squash Club unlike any other. Designed by hospitality giant Mark Birley, the gym-space includes a variety of machines, personal trainers, physiotherapists, and squash coaches. When you've finished, there's a steam room and a barbers. Beyond that, as if you thought we were done here, in the corner of the changing rooms you'll spot a bar and sofas with their own all-day menu. You will, however, need to be proposed and seconded by existing members if you want access. Assuming you can get in, fees are £1,000 entry and £7,500 per annum. However, if you add to the approximate 300 members at the club, your workout game will be upgraded forever.
bathandracquetsclub.co.uk Brook's Mews, Mayfair, London W1K 4EB
Located in Hackney, The Curtain celebrates the creative types, welcoming members from film, fashion, music and art backgrounds. It offers a state-of-the-art gym, rooftop pool and a selection of treatments from deep-tissue massage to nail art and wet shaves (all the essentials). Members also get first access to any gig in the venue, with names such as Mark Ronson, Skepta, Chance the Rapper already on the books. Music to our ears.
thecurtain.com 45 Curtain Road, EC2A 3PT
Having launched in July, 24 Mayfair is a brand new members club located just off Park Lane. As the name suggests, the club will trade for 24 hours a day. So whether you prefer to close the deal over a late dinner or early breakfast, 24 Mayfair is the club for you. At the bar you will be able to order from an eclectic cocktail menu including some classic numbers as well as a Wabi-Sabi Vodka, Asian influences follow through to the restaurant which will serve contemporary Japanese dishes – all set in a glass encased Teppanyaki bar. The club will also host a wide variety of events and a weekly music performance from a selection of emerging talents and A- list artists.
24mayfair.co.uk 24 Hertford St, Mayfair, W1J 7SA
This May, the AllBright will be opening its doors to the second female-only members' club, offering a brasserie, restaurant and bar, a wellness floor, co-working space and two large roof terraces with views over the Mayfair skyline. Although membership is exclusive to women, men can accompany as guests, so nobody’s missing out with this one (other than the men who don’t deserve an invite). Founding members include actors Olivia Wilde and Naomie Harris (aka Eve Moneypenny – a woman used to enduring a male-dominated environment). Harris says, “As women, we need our own spaces to galvanise ourselves, to get back into the workplace in a powerful way and to redress the balance.” Pay attention, 007!
allbrightcollective.com 24-26 Maddox St, W1S 1QH
The Court can be found on 9 Kingly Street, which previously housed The Bag O'Nails – a legendary club where the Beatles partied, and Jimi Hendrix played his first UK gig – The Court already has an impressive heritage. Says owner Harry Mead: "I wanted The Court to feel like something out of a novel. Somewhere that almost doesn't exist anymore; a bit of Gatsby, a bit of Rick's from Casablanca. Something that's a bit out of time. You come down here and it feels like an elegant venue in the Thirties – like that Owen Wilson movie Midnight In Paris, when the clock strikes midnight and suddenly you're transported back in time."
thecourt.co.uk 9 Kingly Street, W1B 5QL
A club fit for royalty, named after Prince Albert of Victoria and Albert fame (the museum is just up the road). A sleek yet classic décor peppered with eccentric British twists, complete with a mahogany whisky and martini bar. Within this bar you will find a rich assortment of spirits, including a whisky from both the year of Albert’s birth and death (1819-1861). Accents include a Balmoral tartan staircase, vivacious wallpapers by Colefax and Fowler, and Prince Albert’s original love letters to Queen Victoria, a reminder of the romance, heritage and personality that Albert’s keeps at its core.
beauforthousechelsea.co.uk 354 Kings Road Chelsea, SW3 5UZ
With two EC locations – Moorgate and Bank – Eight is the perfect hangout for off-duty City boys and girls. With its library, meeting spaces and an impressive rooftop terrace, Eight Moorgate is great for those seeking some downtime. If you’re a pool player that craves a more refined destination than the sports bar to pot the black, then Eight Bank, with its Brunswick Champion Pool Tables, is your club.
Membership for both clubs is £900 plus VAT with a £75 joining fee.
eightclub.co.uk 1 Dysart Street, Moorgate, EC2A 2BX / 1 Change Alley, Bank, EC3V 3ND
Offering four floors of private members fun, including Soho’s largest roof terrace, which boasts impressive views of the West End, Century Club has a lot working in its favour. Billed as the perfect spot to work, rest and play, it’s open from the morning till the early hours. There’s no surprise it’s unofficially known as London’s ‘best kept secret’. That’s unless you’re one of the 2,000 members who have access to the Club's own permanent art collection, member’s events including talks, networking drinks, private screenings and parties. Not to mention complimentary access to live music, film and comedy performances. It’s in Theatre Land after all.
centuryclub.co.uk 61-63 Shaftesbury Ave, W1D 6LQ
Ten Trinity Square
Alongside a cigar lounge, billiards room, private dining and meeting rooms, the club has two restaurants catered for by three-Michelin-star French chef Anne-Sophie Pic. But the wine is where Ten Trinity Square turns it up to 11. Partnering with the internationally-acclaimed Chateau Latour – a world first for the Médoc vineyard – the club will offer some of the winery’s best vintages to members, including an incredible Chateau Latour Discovery Room for true oenophiles.
tentrinitysquare.com 10 Trinity Square, EC3N 4AJ
67 Pall Mall
The oenophiles among you need look no further for the members' club to join. 67 Pall Mall of St James’s was named as having the best wine offering in London on WineListConfidential.com, the wine rating service from the team behind The Drinks Business. The club achieved a score of 95.4 out of 100 and was praised for its amazing "diversity and depth". Fittingly the whole of 67 Pall Mall is a temple to wine, with a Members' Lounge serving high-quality labels by the glass and bottle, and the Wine Library displaying the club's impressive collection. With Blades Aerobatic recent collaboration offering 3 individual flights on two planes and helicopter, now is the perfect time to add yourself to the list.
67pallmall.co.uk 67 Pall Mall, SW1Y 5ES
London-based Soho House & Co and New York’s Sydell Group have teamed up to create this 252-room hotel and members’ club. The former Midland Bank HQ has been transformed via a £200m renovation. There are eight different bars and restaurants – and that’s before you include Ned’s Club, which has a rooftop pool, a spa and hammam, and a late-night bar. The latter used to be the bank’s original vault – the inspiration for Fort Knox in Goldfinger. You enter through a 20-tonne door and then are surrounded by its 3,800 safety deposit boxes. But my favourite spot here is the spa’s subterranean pool, which used to be a bullion vault. Just watch out for gold diggers. After all, the City hasn’t changed that much.
thened.com 27 Poultry, EC2R 8AJ
Bringing the flavours of Italy to London, Harry’s Bar is modelled around the bar of the same name in the Venetian Hotel in Venice. Priding itself on its wholesome menu of pizzas, pasta and risotto, and decorated with Murano glass and Fortuny fabrics, it encapsulates the charm of the continent. While framed cartoons add a distinctively British touch. An intimate setting, with only one restaurant and one private room, the food takes center stage, especially during truffle season when the club comes into its own.
harrysbar.co.uk 26 South Audley Street, W1K 2PD
If the name isn’t enough to tempt you, Disrepute basement bar, or D.R.P, as it’s known to the chosen few, also has an impressive and expertly curated cocktail menu. And as one of the city’s most reasonably priced members’ bars, you’ll get through the whisky and gin offerings in no time. Previously, the Kingly Club and Pinstripe Club, the sixties inspired bar has attracted scandal and Hollywood starlets throughout the 20th century and vaunts its salacious history as openly as its latest wine list. Members get priority reservations, the ability to book in parties of up to 12 people and free access to a range of events including masterclasses and talks. If you enjoy a splash of debauchery with your G & T, it’s the place for you.
disrepute.co.uk 4 Kingly Court, Soho, W1F 9RR
Building on its success of winning Harpers Awards’ ‘Best New Restaurant’ accolade in 2015, the M Threadneedle St is branching out and launching a private members’ den. A space designed for both work and play, it features a meeting room for the serious stuff and a ten seat screening room, foosball table, rotating art gallery, Hennessy Bar and a Belvedere Martini trolley for the lazy. As a member, you’ll also enjoy the benefits of a complimentary breakfast, the option to invite up to five guests, priority tasting of limited edition spirits and wines and a Personal Membership Manager to look after your every need. There’s no stuffy dress code either. Gentleman, your den in the city awaits.
mrestaurants.co.uk Unit 2-3, 60 Threadneedle St, EC2R 8HP
A former Scottish Presbyterian church in Belgravia, Mosimann’s is now a private restaurant. The Balcony Bar is where the evening begins as guests are treated to canapes and champagne before they are led down to the dining room where tables are decorated with whimsical silver animals. Holding the Royal Warrant for more than 15 years, it’s au fait with serving royalty. Most notably, William and Kate during the menu tasting ahead of their 2011 wedding. We’re not sure which dish tickled the prince’s taste-buds. But house favourites include mushroom risotto and passion fruit souffle.
mosimann.com 11B W Halkin St, Belgravia, SW1X 8JL
The Cavalry and Guards Club
As the name alludes to, the Cavalry and Guards Club has a strong military focus. As you enter you’ll be greeted by paintings of honorary members, the Duke of Kent and the Duchess of Cornwall. Grand pillars and oil paintings of the Battle of Waterloo also maintain the level of opulence befitting royalty. Equipped with everything a young officer could wish for, the club is made up of a terrace bar, dining, function and meeting room and a resident barber. But fear not mere civilians, you don’t need an uniform to gain access. If you’ve known two members for three years or more, you’re in with a chance.
cavgdsclub.co.uk The Cavalry and Guards Club 127 Piccadilly W1J 7PX
Since launching in 1995, the Soho House chain of private members' clubs has proved phenomenally successful, with Houses now located in Berlin, New York, West Hollywood, Miami, Chicago, Toronto and Istanbul.
If you want one area to embody the brand's championing of the creative industries, it could only be Shoreditch. Unsurprisingly, Shoreditch House manages to cram several identities into one venue: busy social hub, high-class restaurant, relaxed health centre – the Cowshed Spa is celebrated in its own right – decadent hangout complete with rooftop pool, and compact hotel. Even the work-space turns into a games room come the evening. It's the perfect place to sit-down for the types who hate standing still.
shoreditchhouse.com Shoreditch House, Ebor Street, E1 6AW
Leading Mayfair’s social scene for the best part of four decades, Morton’s Club knows a thing or two about exclusivity and excellence. Overlooking Berkeley Square it is the local watering hole for those au courant with elite society. The first floor restaurant, which boasts a panoramic balcony, is where the action happens. This is thanks in part to head chef, Dario Avenca who has crafted a Mediterranean-inspired menu, which complements the club’s extensive wine list. Home to the Bentley Boys in the 1920s and with alumni including Sir Paul McCartney and Rafael Nadal, expect to rub shoulders with the crème de la crème of the music and sporting world along with the odd oligarch.
mortonsclub.com 28 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1J 6EN
The Ritz Club
While some members’ clubs may be defined by intimate, cosy spaces, the Ritz Club is situated in the former ballroom of the Ritz Hotel and immediately makes a statement with its grand, decadent surroundings. The club has a fine-dining restaurant and opulent bar, but it’s in the legendary casino where you’ll find the big rollers. With three-card poker baccarat to roulette, there is no finer or more glamorous setting for making, or indeed, losing your fortune.
theritzclub.com 150 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9BS
Beaufort House’s four floors afford it a versatility and convivial atmosphere all of its own. You’ll be just at home having a coffee or brunch at the brasserie as you will escaping from the Kings Rd hubbub with a glass of bubbly in the champagne penthouse. Members can enjoy monthly events such as wine tasting and cocktail classes. On the subject of cocktails, Beaufort House’s are certainly worth a look, and our favourite is the ‘Zombie’. We’ll let you discover where its name came from.
beauforthousechelsea.co.uk 354 Kings Road Chelsea, SW3 5UZ
Behind the famously inconspicuous entrance at 40 Jermyn Street are two elegantly decorated rooms - a bar and restaurant in one and a dance floor in the other. With its 17th century wood panelling, chandeliers, frescoed ceilings and dinner-jacketed staff, Tramp resembles an old-fashioned drawing room, or the bar and ballroom of an impossibly grand townhouse. The name - given by founders Oscar Lerman and Johnny Gold - was inspired by the Charlie Chaplin character the Little Tramp. Earlier this year, Tramp opened a sumptuous lounge bar and smoking terrace - already a Square Mile favourite.
tramp.co.uk 40 Jermyn Street St James's, SW1Y 6DN
Famed for its bohemian outlook and creative clientele of actors, musicians, artists and poets, for many The Groucho remains the quintessential members' club. Opened in 1985 as a antidote to the stuffy members' clubs of yore, The Groucho was a hotbed of celebrity and revelry throughout the 1990s, the place where the great and good came to let their hair down. The club was refurbished in 2015 but the new decor didn't dampen its appeal as a place to see and be seen. Its namesake Groucho Marx famously said, "I don't care to belong to any club that will have me as a member" – The Groucho keeps alive the spirit of that sentiment.
thegrouchoclub.com 45 Dean Street, W1D 4QB
Happy birthday, Quo Vadis! The legendary club – Karl Marx wrote much of Das Kapital in a room above the restaurant – has experienced a makeover for its 90th anniversary. Additions include a members’ restaurant on the first floor, and the former bar area on the ground floor restored to its original dining room glory. The food at Quo Vadis has received high praise from those who are both hard to please and in the know: Giles Coren, Jay Rayner and Fay Maschler are all fans of chef Jeremy Lee's exquisite menu. Enjoy delicious British dishes such as haddock fish cakes, venision, and a daily pie and mash (exquisite), perfect designed for the long cold nights. And don't worry: the Quo Vadis cocktails aren't going anywhere. If you're looking this good at 90, please tell us your secret.
Membership is by application or invitation. Candidates require a proposer and seconder who is an existing member and the application goes before a committee. There is a £500 annual fee, plus a £150 joining fee. The annual fee is £300 for under 30s.
quovadissoho.co.uk 26-29 Dean Street, Soho, London, W1D 3LL
The Odeon will never cut it again once you’ve visited Soho House’s screening room. With 43 red velvet seats, air-conditioning and a range of advanced screenings and new releases available to view, it offers an exclusive cinematic experience away from the masses. Spread over four floors, the Grade-II-listed mid-Georgian townhouse also offers one of the few al fresco dining spots in Soho. Fashioning itself as a hub for creative minds, it eschews wealth and status in favour of artistic souls. A fat wallet won’t go amiss though as yearly membership, which includes access to 18 Soho Houses across the globe, costs £1,100 for local house members and £1,650 for an every house member.
sohohouse.com Soho House, 76 Dean Street, W1D 3SQ / Soho House, 40 Greek St, Soho, W1D 4EB
"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.
devonshireclub.com 4-5 Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YD
The South Kensington Club
If the thought of queuing for the treadmill at your dingy local leisure centre fills you with dread, we've found you a far more idyllic location for your workout. Francis Bacon’s former house in South Kensington has been transformed into a members-only 'wellness and health sanctuary', and it's got fitness covered: the entire top floor of the main building is a state-of-the-art, bright and airy gym that offers personal training, and high energy classes including boxing and power yoga. Membership is £365 per month or £3,504 annually, with a £1,000 joining fee.
southkensingtonclub.com 38-42 Harrington Road, SW7 3ND
12 Hay Hill
Business-meets-pleasure is the idea behind 12 Hay Hill, a new concept club in Mayfair that provides luxury serviced office space as well as facilities for recreational pursuits.
Aimed at London-based entrepreneurs and both established and emerging international companies, members get access to state-of-the-art, fully serviced offices, nine meeting rooms, four boardrooms and luxury business lounges, and a contemporary restaurant serving dishes devised by Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin. There's also a New York-style deli bar, and a terrace and garden overlooking Berkeley Square.
12hayhill.com 12 Hay Hill, Mayfair, W1J 8NR
Spread across three Georgian town houses at 19, 20 and 21 Portman Square, Home House merges old school glamour with contemporary interior design, exemplified by Zaha Hadid’s sculpture-like bar. Offering two restaurants, bars, a spa, gardens and the decadent party rooms of The Vaults, we’re told the club has only one rule: nudity is discouraged, while naughtiness is de rigeur. We’ll feel right at home, then.
homehouse.co.uk 20 Portman Square, W1H 6LW
For a long time those in the know in the London 'meeja' scene have been members of the excellent Covent Garden private members club, The Hospital, which was founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and David Stewart (formerly of the popular beat combo, The Eurythmics). It's been dubbed a ‘creative hub’ by those in the know, thanks to its art gallery, TV studio and screening room, plus the usual things we expect from members' clubs (comfy chairs, meeting rooms and free-flowing booze – sorry – ideas).
Now the club has decided to open its doors to non-members (gasp) with the launch of 15 luxury bedrooms, which will give overnight guests the chance to rest their heads in a very chic setting, and allow them the opportunity to hang out with the club's big wigs by sharing use of its full facilities.
hclub.com 24 Endell St, WC2H 9HQ
Searcys, The Gherkin
If you fancy feeling superior, end your evenings on a high with a membership at Searcys at the Gherkin, where you can sip on an Old Fashioned as you look down on the City’s mass of tiny worker ants, 180 metres below you. Once you’ve paid the £250 joining fee, £750 annual membership and been approved by the board, you’ll have exclusive access to the Club Lounge, plus use of the restaurant and bar, which boast 360° views that are difficult to beat.
searcysatthegherkin.co.uk 30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8EP
The Arts Club
If you like the idea of spending your spare time in the company of creative types, big names and some even bigger personalities, you'd be wise to consider a membership at the legendary Arts Club on Dover Street.
Having hosted the wedding of Frank Lampard and Christine Bleakley, welcomed the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Beyoncé into its stylish surroundings, and lured musical heavyweights such as Ronnie Wood, Noel Gallagher and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers to its basement bar, it's fair to say that when it comes to attracting some of the world's most famous faces, the Arts Club has it nailed.
You won't find that anyone inside is remotely bothered though, as the destination has a long history of hosting the cream of the creative crop – its past members and guests have included Charles Dickens, as well as artists Walter Sickert and Frederic Leighton. Indeed, one of the club's original members was James Whistler (although he left to found the rival Chelsea Arts Club).
theartsclub.co.uk 40 Dover St, Mayfair, W1S 4NP