London has always been known for its members clubs. Stomping ground to the jetset from home and abroad, it’s the dream of many locals to get access to the most exclusive of nightspots and while the night away in luxurious abandon. With two bars at least, a restaurant, opulently furnished private events spaces, perhaps a pool and a spa, what’s not to like? Unfortunately, you usually have to know a member to be a member, or be recommended, or be famous, or be a member of another club already – you get the picture. But if you can fight, beg or waltz your way in, here’s a rundown of the most expensive clubs in London.
The Arts Club, Dover Street
Founded by Charles Dickens 150 years ago, The Arts Club is now frequented by the stars, patrons and makers and shakers in the arts. Housed in an 18th-century townhouse at 40 Dover Street, Mayfair, just north of the Ritz on Piccadilly, the club is conveniently located for hotels in Mayfair like the Holiday Inn at www.hilondonmayfairhotel.co.uk
Brompton Club, South Kensington
Kensington Hotel is home to The Brompton Club which only recently entered onto the London club scene. Step into the building off the Old Brompton Road into a haven of chic sophistication filled with 17th century furniture, leather sofas and oil paintings, dripping candles and blooming white orchids.
This club operates from the top of the gherkin and membership will set you back £750 per annum. But it might be worth it for the 360-degree panoramic views of the capital. Slink in at sunset to cash in on the spectacular views which stretch out to the Olympic site. Two modern private dining rooms are available for all-day dining and meeting for larger groups.
This stealthy Shoreditch club is sunken in to a shady side street and with its tinted doors and windows it’s not the easiest location to find at the tail end of a decadent evening. But if you do find it, you won’t be disappointed. Cavernous high-ceilinged chambers interlock with glass walled corridors to form a labyrinthine cocktail bar and dining experience. Sounds mysterious? It is. Glitterati from outside the film, media or creative industries need not apply.
This former London abode of the Countess of Home has been restored to its former glory with period furniture and a Zaha Hadid-designed bar. It was unanimously received as one of the trendiest places in town for its ornate surroundings and cool clientele. It’s also a place for admiring on 18th century furniture and shameless networking.