A critical part of the London social scene since the 1600s, members' clubs have long provided a place to gather outside of restaurants and pubs. Initially catering to men and those of a higher social status, there are now a variety of clubs that accommodate everyone and specialise in varying areas of interest. Discover our picks below.
12 Hay Hill
12 Hay Hill
A private members' club catering to professionals and business leaders, 12 Hay Hill spotlights an events calendar that serves to connect and inspire. Three floors of serviced working space plus nine distinct meeting rooms mean plenty of gathering space. A roof terrace, bar, and restaurant offer plenty of opportunity for leisure, whilst the 'room service' programme means if work is hectic, you never have to leave your office to eat.
The Twenty Two
Having hosted many Fashion Week parties and sought-after private events, The Twenty Two quickly garnered a reputation for being one of the coolest members' clubs. While non-members can dine at the restaurant and book a hotel room, members receive exclusive access to creative programming and other spaces within the beautifully designed building. Plus, those with membership in London will have access to the upcoming New York location, which is set to open later this year.
22 Grosvenor Square
74 Crowndale Road
The House of Koko
The backstage of KOKO in Camden might not be where you'd expect to find a members' club. Albeit, this destination has provided four floors with several distinct places to gather, bringing together members for a cultural programme, games nights, access to three restaurants, private parties, exclusive performances, and more. The roof terrace is a must-visit during warm summer evenings, host to a roster of DJs and exclusive cocktails.
Another club for families, b_together, offers everything from nursery to after-school classes to co-working space to a restaurant. There are outdoor spaces utilised by children, including a garden and water play area, as well as sensory toys and rooms for even the tiniest babies. Cooking, music, dance classes and more keep the older ones entertained between school and dinner.
47 St John's Wood High Street
6 Grafton Street
Located within a Georgian Grade II-listed townhouse in Mayfair, this new – and highly exclusive – club opened earlier this year. Housing four dining experiences and eleven drinking venues, it comes courtesy of Ennismore, the hospitality group behind Gleneagles and the Hoxton Hotel chain. Expect a cosy sensibility (renovated to feel like home) with a nightclub element and a curated retail space.
Dubbing itself 'a wine drinkers' clubhouse', this east London club offers a design-led space where members can enjoy and store their wine collections – 72 bottles per member are allotted to their cellar. A retail store and advisory service encourages the expansion of members' collections, and the onsite restaurant hosts revolving chef's dinners with pairings as well as talks and tastings from notable vintners and sommeliers.
322-324 Acton Mews
46 Berkeley Square
Oozing elegance and sophistication, Annabel's was one of England's first members-only nightclubs. Founded in 1963 by Mark Birley, its reputation for hosting a roster of celebrity and royal members over the past 60 years is well earned. Known for exceptional nightlife, Annabel's also features four restaurants – one of which bears the honour of holding Europe's most extensive collection of tequila and mezcal.
5 Hertford Street
Another club from the Birley family (this one by Robin, Mark's son), this beautiful haunt is located within an 18th-century townhouse in Shepherd Market. Behind the maroon door lies two restaurants, three bars and Loulou's nightclub – with the coolest dance floor in possibly the entire world; rightfully so, over the past decade, it has become a destination for an A-list clientele.
5 Hertford Street
557 Harrow Road
Kensal Rise's Jaego's House was the first club of its kind – offering extensive children's classes and activities, a nursery, a jungle gym, and a soft play; the space both ensures that children have fun and that they are duly looked after so parents can properly relax. A co-working space and gym cater to the adult members, as do treatment rooms offering acupuncture and massages. The restaurant will make all parties happy: child-friendly foods accompany booze and great coffee, so everyone stays satiated.
This Marylebone club, an offshoot of Home House, is specifically geared toward high-growth entrepreneurs. The exclusive membership provides spaces to network and entertain alongside 35 bedrooms for business travellers and a dedicated restaurant featuring British fare (food is served throughout). The events programme focuses on business-related talks and features local entrepreneurs sharing unique insights.
44 Great Cumberland Place
40 Dover Street
The Arts Club
This 150-year-old club was founded as a haven for men in the arts and has included members such as Charles Dickens and Auguste Rodin. A celebrated art collection and a luxury hotel above the club are two of the many highlights, as is the Cuban-style cigar bar. They pride themselves on the musical performances; the onsite nightclub hosts many international artists.
Newly opened last December, Nikita is another Mayfair destination. Featuring lush Haussmann-inspired interiors and an intimate atmosphere, the club's culinary programme spotlights a selection from Comptoir Robuchon: champagne and caviar, patisserie goods, and French classics. The nightlife element often includes live DJs; soon-to-come sister restaurant Mister Nice will offer priority bookings and a secret entrance for Nikita members.
22 Davies Street
25 Albemarle Street
Robin Birley's second club is focused on wine. Featuring an onsite cellar with rare and iconic bottles available for purchase, members can also keep their own wines at the club for enjoyment on the verdant terrace, at the bar, or in one of two signature restaurants. Lavish French-inspired interiors frame pressed linens and crystal glassware; should you choose to order wine at the restaurant, the vast and high-end selection is curated to encourage experimentation and indulgence (the house champagne is Krug).
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