What’s off limits for most blue collared working people is a more wealthier man’s everyday lifestyle. We’ll be talking about the 10 best London members only clubs. If you enjoy the finer things in life, and have the resources available to afford those finer things, perhaps joining a members only club is the right decision to make. These private clubs in London offer world class service, luxury on a level that most of us can only dream about. Pompous and highly extravagant, these clubs are full of successful individuals looking to blow off some steam or enjoy their retirement days. Pompous might be too harsh a word though, because at the end of the day many of us would join such a club, if we were able to afford it. The city of London has numerous members only clubs and it wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that some of them are the best in the world. It’s also important to point out that some of the clubs we’ll mention aren’t actually that expensive, as you’ll see for yourself. If London’s member only clubs tickle your fancy, hopefully our list will make your decision easier.
David Beckham and Prince Harry both enjoyed everything The Arts Club offered. In recent years it has once again gained popularity among the most famous people in the world. Membership fees cost around 1600 pounds annually. Gwyneth Paltrow has voiced her support of the club, so it’s no wonder the new owners had luck bringing in fresh faces who also happen to be A list celebrities.
Visiting address: 40 Dover Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4NP
Here’s one club that serves a different purpose other than just drink out expensive bottles of champagne and whiskey. The B. Hive is geared towards businesswomen, freelance professional women etc. The whole idea is that ambitious women can come together in one feminine space to network and grow their businesses. And here’s the best part about it, it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. A monthly membership fee will set you back only £25. It’s a small investment any businesswoman can afford and it might just pay off big time.
Visiting address: 26-27 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7RS
Opened in the 1980s as an alternative club to the St. James men’s club, not much has changed since then. It’s as rebellious as it gets in the private members club world. The somewhat dark and edgy atmosphere attracts mostly people from the arts and media industries and some fairly well known musicians are known to be members as well. The food served is consistently of a high quality while the membership fee is a reasonable £1,100 annually.
Visiting address: 45 Dean Street, London, W1D 4QB
The house where this members only club is situated today was once the home of Karl Marx. It would be interesting hearing his thoughts on this members only club. On a more serious note, the restaurant inside this small but elegant space is luxurious, and the food that comes out of the kitchen is equally is good. The Quo Vadis is mostly geared towards the foodies out there but everyone can the biliards rooms and the hidden club.
Visiting address: 26-29 Dean St, London, W1D 3LL
Just one look at their website and gallery and it’s clear as day how elegant and stylish the Eight club is. Membership costs around £800, but what you get for the money is probably more than worth it. Class everywhere you look, and on a sunny day the terrace is a wonderful place to have a drink or lunch with a lady friend. It also boasts private entertaining rooms, a dance floor, two bars, and a cinema.
Visiting address: 1 Dysart St, London, EC2A 2BX
No, it’s not a members only club for doctors, if that’s what crossed your mind first. It actually mostly caters towards people from the media, creative industries and similar. The club spreads through seven floors of an 18th century building and it boasts a lounge, bar, restaurant, and a high tech production facility. Fees for young professionals under 27 is a bargain at £425, while if you’re over thirty you’ll have to part with around £1000 including a joining fee.
This place is all about making work and leisure time come together. Workaholics will find the One Alfred Place to be the perfect spot to relax but also conduct business from. It boasts a private dining club that serves tremendous food and drinks. They also have slaves, or personal assistants if you prefer, that are more than happy to help out members with any administrative tasks.
Visiting address: 1 Alfred Place, London, WC1E 7EB
Established back in 1963, Annabel’s is certainly among the best members only club in London. Throughout its history many Royal Family representatives have been members, and numerous other celebrities that you’ve all probably heard of. The décor oozes with elegance and panache and is more than likely to keep attracting people from around the globe to join this magnificent London club.
Visiting address: 44 Berkley Square, London, W1J 5QB
The Shoreditch House has the only roof top pool that is actually opened during the whole year. What use to be an industrial warehouse is one of London’s neatest members only club. One floor is completely re-purposed for a bowling alley, the sunbathing area is marvelous and the views from the rooms are equally as exciting. Membership fees will run you about £1,100 each year.
Founded by a well known nightclub owner Robin Birley, the 5 Hertford Street members club had thousands of people on the waiting list since the moment it was established. The management strives to have a healthy balance between lady members and gentlemen members. Becoming one takes some time, as a person has to be proposed and eventually approved by a committee. All the fuss should be worth it because the restaurant, bar and the courtyard are simply fabulous.
Visiting address: 2-5 Hertford Street, Mayfair, W1J 7RB