From Covent Garden to Kensington, central London seems to have a private club on every corner. But what happens inside these exclusive institutions and who joins them?
Historically reserved for the social elite, private clubs have diversified to accommodate everyone from Creative minds to change decision-makers.
Here’s a look at five of London‘s leading private member clubs.
For those who work hard, those who party: Annabel’s
Annabel’s, Mayfair, is an institution in the heart of one of the most exclusive districts. Open since the 1960s, the club has hosted everyone from Richard Nixon to Lady Gaga.
A Picasso painting greets visitors as they arrive in the lavish lobby, which unfolds into extravagant meeting rooms, restaurants and a garden Court. After hours, Annabel’s “handpicked chemistry of like-minded people who share a passion for the finer things in life” revel in her legendary nightclub.
As for the dress code, “fashion trainers…in good condition” are acceptable, ripped jeans are not, and gentlemen should wear jackets after 6pm. Member events range from the pagan-influenced Summer Solstice to a Halloween horror circus and fundraisers for the Amazon tropical forest.
For the creative: The Arts Club
This “community of savvy thinkers and opinion leaders” is full of creatives, film enthusiasts and photographers to musicians and actors.
Annual membership costs you £2,500 (€2,960) plus a membership fee of £2,000 (€2,370). This gives you access to exclusive live music events and discussions with industry experts on everything from NFT to the art of rest.
Members also take advantage of the club’s private event spaces, restaurants and bars – including one for the rare cigars and whiskey – sprinkled with impressive art facilities.
For change makers: The Conduit
Club members with a conscience congregate at this Mayfair haunt. Want to join them? You will need a proven track record in wellness. The Conduit invites “entrepreneurs, investors, creatives, business leaders, activists, civil society leaders and policy makers” to pool their knowledge network and capital to drive positive make an impact and solve global challenges.
For the elitists: 5 Hertford Street
If you need to ask for membership fee for this more exclusive exclusive clubs for exclusive individuals, you will not be allowed to join. Sorry, no scum here – provided you define scum as almost everyone else. Inside, it’s as opulent as any ivory tower with two restaurants, three bars, and a nightclub, LouLou’s.
For the gourmands: Mossiman’s
The hype around Mossiman’s high kitchen is fully justified. Members dig French, seasonal and comforting dishes in the wood-panelled Davidoff Room overlooking the kitchen. Unlike the Montblanc room for two, you can turn around here.
For the jet-setters: Soho House
Soho House touts itself as a club for creatives, but these days you’re just as likely to find accountants with memberships. The biggest advantage of this club is that there are so many. Get a subscription and you can relax as much in New York and Istanbul like in London.