Top London Members Only Clubs
Being in an exclusive members only club has many perks. It’s a more intimate setting usually, business opportunities are never far away when surrounded by other wealthy and capable people. That’s why we’ll be taking a look at London’s top members only clubs. Some of these clubs are really exclusive and difficult to join. You might need a referral and even additional approval by a board or other members. You might be thinking it’s somewhat pretentious and arrogant, and to a certain degree you’d be right. But in recent years we’ve been seeing a transformation of these members only clubs, no longer are the members stuck up spoiled brats. Not all of them anyway, some are young professionals in the IT industry, creative minded people, artists, media people etc. Other clubs are highly work oriented where they try and fuse a regular work day together with a fun and luxurious day at the club. Doesn’t matter how much you’re willing to spend on the membership fee, chances are there’s a club out there for you. Obviously if its high end luxury that you’re looking for it will cost you plenty. But more down to earth clubs aren’t all that pricey.
Located in the heart of Soho, this members only club is mostly visited by media moguls and big names in the film industry. It’s not wonder the Soho House boasts a 27 seat cinema, because apparently movie executives sometimes show off their work here. It’s spreads across four floors, all of which are super cool and trendy, with private member’s areas, a restaurant, and numerous event spaces.
Visiting address: 40 Greek Street, Soho, London, W1D 4EB
No. 5 Cavendish Square
The No. 5 Cavendish Square boasts a total of three bars, a magnificent restaurant with a capacity of up to 80 people, nightclub that’s only available for members of course. After a long day at the office, or a stressful shopping spree, this is the perfect place to unwind and relax. They have a total of eight rooms which are sheer class and extremely stylish in case you have more than a few drinks and opt to stay for the night.
Visiting address: 5 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0PG
If there was a place where James Bond would hang out nowadays, it would probably resemble the Eight Club. It’s mostly geared towards city boys who haven’t yet completely grown up but who appreciate class and poise. Once getting your hands on the biometric card as a member you’ll find yourself spending more and more time at the Eight. The food is marvelous, poker games can be fun and lucrative at times, and people will envy you on your access to the club.
Visiting address: 1 Change Alley, London, EC3V 3ND
The Groucho Club
This members only club was opened in ’80’s as a response to Britain’s ludicrous licensing laws. A group of writers, publishers and agents joined forces and with additional funding from some friends established what is now a well known and unpretentious members only club. During the 1990’s this place was notorious for its debauchery. Wouldn’t you have liked to be there, huh? It’s an eccentric sanctuary that’s certainly among the best members only clubs in London.
Visiting address: 45 Dean St, London, W1D 4QB
The In & Out
Founded more than 150 years ago to serve as a place for naval officers and other staff, today it still attracts many army grandees. Civilians are more than welcome as long as they appreciate and are fond of the whole military ethos of the In & Out club. They club boasts a lounge, solarium, sauna, swimming pool and a gym. Using mobile phones is strictly prohibited. Depending on where your phone goes off, you’ll have to buy drinks for everyone present in the club. So you have to decide how important that call is to you.
Visiting address: 4 St James’s Square, London, SW1Y 4JU
The Ivy Club
The Ivy attracts mostly younger successful businesspeople from all industries. There’s no better place in town if you want to do some quick business over a few drinks or lunch. For members the entrance is cleverly concealed with a flower shop. The director of the Ivy states that this is a place where interesting and innovative people can come together from the creative industries and not only have fun but make always welcome new connections.
Visiting address: 9 West Street, London, WC2H 9NE
The Arts Club
For some out there the fact that Charles Dickens was a founding member of this club will be enough to capture their imagination. The Arts Club, when established, was mostly meant for artists, writers, as well as their patrons. All sorts of events happen here, from cabaret shows to poetry readings. One thing that the club stands for is trying to showcase young artists’ works and not just present works of already established ones.
Visiting address: 40 Dover Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4NP
The Hospital Club
Located in what use to be an old hospital, the Hospital Club is among the more trendier ones in town. It boasts a cinema with 36 seats, a gorgeous private dining area, and what many creative people and content creators will appreciate, a fully equipped high end production facility. So not only can you relax and have fun with your successful peers, you can also do work here.
Visiting address: 24 Endell Street, London, WC2H 9HQ
One Alfred Place
The main order of the day here is mixing work and play. The One Alfred Place allows hard working people to relax and unwind but also allow them to do all the work that needs to be done. Personal assistants are always on hand if members need help with any administrative jobs. All of the club’s facilities are top notch and high end, while the drinking and dining areas are not only trendy and comfortable, but the food itself it beyond delicious.
Visiting address: 1 Alfred Pl, London, WC1E 7EB
Situated in the posh area of Mayfair’s Berkeley Square, Annabel’s still retains all the glamor and elegance it had when it first opened in 1963. Even the Queen visited Annabel’s and many other members of the Royal family were regular patrons. The restaurant and nightclub are nothing if not splendid and glorious in every single way. The interior would be considered over the top for many, but we say that Annabel’s is the epitome of English class and poise.
Visiting address: 44 Berkeley Square, London, W1J 5QB