London’s Best Private Members Club

FEATURES | LONDON GUIDES | | Leave a Comment

In search of a sanctuary in our hectic capital? Spend some quality time in the comfort of “Members Only” luxury. Whether you’ve got a whole lot to splurge or you just need a little daydream, these outstanding London private members clubs should tickle your fancy.

 

Apartment 58
101 New Oxford St, WC1A 1DB

Set in a multi-floor, 8000-sq.ft. building, Apartment 58 is a networking playground for creative types. Brightly lit, high-tech and spacious, this place becomes dance floor-ready when the sun sets. More pop-up apartments are set to open in Milan, New York and Paris by 2015.

Membership: Day pass from £20 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm), £540 per annum.

 

Soho House
40 Greek Street, W1D 4EB

This is a favourite among those in the film and media industry, particularly for its 27-seater cinema on the 3rd floor. Located in the heart of Soho, this club has a restaurant, three dining rooms, Circle and Club Bars, a house kitchen and a cosy basement with a fully stocked bar and DJ booth. Our favourite part? The roof top terrace and deck.

Membership: £800 per annum, £200 registration fee.

 

Quo Vadis
26-29 Dean Street, W1D 3LL

For social gatherings – lots of eating, drinking and merry times – the Quo Vadis Club does not disappoint. Think Kinfolk dinners but with a Soho twist. There’s billiards for the boys and a gorgeous open fireplace for the ladies to chat whilst sipping on some cocktails. Oh and if heritage is your bag, note that Karl Marx apparently used to live here.

Membership: £45/month or £500 annually, £150 registration fee.

 

Milk & Honey
61 Poland St, W1F 7NU

Serving up some of the best drinks in London, Milk & Honey takes attention to detail very seriously. They hand-squeeze their juices during the day, create exciting concoctions by night and if you like what you see/taste, they’ll probably remember if for next time you visit.

Membership: £400 per annum (includes access to Milk & Honey New York), £50 registration fee.

 

The Groucho
45 Dean Street, W1D 4QB

“The original Arts & Media Private Members Club,” The Groucho is for mavericks (relatively famous ones, at least) and needs no introduction. As notorious as it is exclusive, the crowd is a fusion of industry veterans, Hollywood A-listers and the occasional bright young thing. Damien Hurst and Tracy Emin are members.

Membership: £850 per annum, £250 registration fee.

 

The Hospital Club
24 Endell St, WC2H 9HQ

This 60,000-sq.ft. space (formally St. Paul’s Hospital) was transformed by Paul G. Allen – co-founder of Microsoft – who opened The Hospital Club in 2004. Its philosophy? Create, Connect, Collaborate. We totally approve. Highlights include a TV studio, music studio, gallery and screening room.

Membership: £850 per annum, £250 registration fee.

 

The Union Club
50 Greek Street, W1D 4EQ

A members-only dining club – complete with chandeliers and open fires – The Union Club is a comfortable escape from the busy hustle of Central London. Membership includes access to Elm Cottage in Worcestershire, for £50/night (min. 3 nights stay, Monday – Thursday).

Membership: £550 per annum.

 

Annabel’s
44 Berkeley Square, W1J 5QB

This Mayfair haunt was the former playground of Frank Sinatra and Aristotle Onassis. Now its Tom Cruise, Cressida Bonas and a string of other A-listers who head here when in town.

Members also get exclusive access to sister clubs around the world from Shanghai to Johannesburg. Membership: £350 per annum for under 30s, £1250 otherwise.

 

The Arts Club
40 Dover Street, W1S 4NP

Founded in 1863 for those of the Art, Literature or Science persuasions, The Arts Club is steeped in history and prestige – Charles Dickens, Auguste Rodin and Paolo Tosti were all members. Having survived two world wars, the Club re-launched in 2011 and is now decked out with cashmere walls alongside Baldessari pieces.

Membership: £750 per annum for under 30s, £1500 otherwise.

 

The Royal Automobile Club
89 Pall Mall, SW1Y 5HS

King Edward VII awarded the Club the Royal title and it maintains it to this day. Extensive sports facilities include swimming pools, squash and tennis courts. Members are also given use of Woodcote Park, set on 350-acres of Surrey countryside – two 18-hole parkland golf courses included.

Membership: £1490 plus £3390 entrance fee.