Luxury interiors, world class food, expansive spas and insider extras, private members’ clubs really are the height of luxury and sophistication.
Private members’ clubs can offer anything from a cool place to dance or dine to an exclusive hideaway from prying eyes. As the world of business and leisure changes, more people than ever are taking up membership at somewhere private, discreet and exclusive. From a home away from home to a place to impress clients, we take our pick of best private members’ clubs across the UK.
Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire
A beautiful setting in a historic house in Buckinghamshire, membership at Stoke Park’s Country Club affords access to a spa, health club, golf course, four restaurants, meeting rooms, luxury suites and tennis courts, as well as little piece of British countryside to call home. stokepark.com
BEST FOR COMFORT
Portman Square, London
Designed as a ‘home from home’ for its members, Home House prides itself on having very few rules, including a relaxed dress code and a laissez-faire approach to ‘misbehaving’. Renowned for killer parties and its decadent décor, the club also features a boutique health spa, a gorgeous garden for al fresco dining, seven different bars, three restaurants and several elegant bedrooms and suites, one with its own lift access and two bathrooms homehouse.co.uk
BEST FOR LOCATION
berkeley Square, London
With a location at the top of Berkeley Square and restaurant overlooking the private gardens, the beautifully understated Morton’s is one of the finest clubs in London and the centre of the Mayfair social scene. Sleek black brick walls open to an intimate interior, a hymn to the art of monochrome colourways. Food is Mediterranean in theme and best enjoyed in the summer from its panoramic terrace overlooking all of Mayfair. For indulgent evenings, head downstairs to its cool basement nightclub, featuring iconic and original photographs by the legendary fashion and royal photographer Norman Parkinson mortonsclub.com
BEST FOR CREATIVES
The Arts Club
Founded by a group of enlightened men, including Charles Dickens, in 1863, The Arts Club is one of London’s oldest clubs. Established to support artists and patrons of the arts, as well as those in literature and science, its broad reach means that today it still offers everything from poetry readings to cabaret performances, as well as boasting an impressive art collection with a focus on established and emerging British names. Beautifully-appointed inside since a major overhaul in 2011, it attracts both celebrity and high society members to its hallowed halls. theartsclub.co.uk
BEST FOR SOCIALISING
Soho House & Farmhouse
Greek STREET, London & Great Tew, Oxfordshire
The original, flagship club from the now worldwide superstar that is the Soho House empire, this London stalwart is still one of the hippest members’ clubs in town. Renowned for cool parties and the edgy, creatives who frequent its many floors, this Greek Street house incudes three dining rooms, several bars, all decorated in a pared-back vibe, with plush velvet, exposed brick and distressed wooden floors as standard. The bonus of full membership here is access to all 18 Soho House properties across the world, from Barcelona to Malibu, via New York and Berlin. Soho Farmhouse is their Cotswold countryside retreat equivalent with a city chic feel. Membership allows access to the waterside cabins and seven-bedroom farmhouse, the Cowshed spa, four restaurants, screening room and childrens-only Teeny Barn and Camp. sohohouse.com / sohofarmhouse.com
BEST FOR GAMERS
Crown Aspinalls, Mayfair, London
Established nearly 40 years ago by casino mogul John Aspinall, who was an integral figure in establishing the London casino scene, the beautifully appointed interiors and exemplary service at Crown Aspinalls, as well as its enviable location in Mayfair, really set it apart from its competitors. Roulette, Baccarat, Blackjack, Poker and Three Card Poker are all on offer on the main casino floor, while three other private gaming rooms offer a real sense of exclusivity, and a spectacular heated rooftop terrace offers a more informal atmosphere. crownlondonaspinalls.com
BEST FOR HIGH SOCIETY
Berkeley Square, London
An old-school club with a great history to match, Annabel’s was established in the 60s and has remained a stalwart of the London socialite scene. Today, after a major refurbishment, its much-heralded ‘cultural committee’ includes the likes of Mario Testino, Charlotte Tilbury and contemporary art curator Hikari Yokoyama, ensuring a go-to destination for the bold and beautiful of the London nightlife scene. Dining and dancing is the name of the game here, all taking place amidst a playful and decadent interior, that includes a humidor, a wine cellar, an incredible garden terrace and a life-sized winged horse suspended from the ceiling in the main foyer. annabels.co.uk
BEST FOR WINE
67 Pall Mall
Pall mall, London
Founded by wine lovers, for wine lovers, 67 Pall Mall is the city’s first private members’ club for wine aficionados. It offers more than 500 wines by the glass and allows members to store up to two cases of their personal wine collection in the club’s cellars to enjoy in the members’ lounge whenever they choose. Décor is thoughtfully put together, with smooth marble tables, sumptuous armchairs and numerous cosy corners to while away an evening sampling some of the incredible tipples they have on offer. 67pallmall.co.uk
BEST FOR CITY FOLK
The Ned, Poultry, London
The newest kid on the block, The Ned’s opening in the City is just another notch in the bedpost of East London’s continual reawakening. Housed in the old Midland Bank, highlights include The Vaults, a cocktail bar accessed through a huge, 20-tonne vault door and a heated rooftop pool with fantastic City views. Inside décor is unashamedly bold and colourful, while over 250 bedrooms evoke the 20s and 30s, and a late-night lounge bar provides a very cool place to entertain clients.thened.com
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