The Ace of Clubs – London private members’ clubs

Written on 3 February 2020 by Giles Cook in London


Once it was the case that ‘private club’ brought to mind a stuffy gentleman’s club, thick with cigar smoke and snoozing members of an elderly, male-only establishment. Then, in the 1980s, the Groucho Club burst onto the scene, transforming the club into a place for like-minded media and creative industry folk to mingle.

The private members’ clubs of today are a place to work and network. You can dine out or work out – in exclusive gyms and rooftop swimming pools or attend member-only events linked to each club’s particular clientele. Membership fees can be steep and many clubs, including the Groucho and Soho House, require recommendations from existing members.

If joining a private members’ club in London is your goal for 2020, read on for our pick of the best.

The Ace of Clubs

Annabel’s

One of the best-known clubs in London for more than five decades, Annabel’s attracts the elite, from supermodels and rockstars to royalty. After relocating – from under the Clermont Club Casino in Berkeley Square to a Georgian townhouse two doors down – it is more spacious and glamorous than ever. Look out for the floating unicorn hanging from the chandelier!

Benefits include a bar, restaurant, nightclub and private dining room with butler – there’s even an in-house dog walker.

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Soho House

London’s premier media club, established in 1995 by TV and radio presenter Kirsty Young’s husband, businessman Nick Jones. Since then, the original Soho House in Greek Street has been joined by 22 more; spanning the globe from Manhattan to Mumbai. There are various UK outposts too, such as Babington House in Somerset, while London clubs include Shoreditch House, White City House (in the former BBC studios) and Electric House in Notting Hill. Each is slightly different, but you’ll find restaurants and bars, event spaces, cinema screening rooms and rooftop pools.

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The Groucho Club

Membership of this iconic London private club is open to people from the arts and media with a ‘maverick’ spirit. Based in Soho’s Dean Street, it has counted numerous A-listers among its members, including Noel Gallagher, Melvyn Bragg, Rachel Weisz, Lily Allen and Stephen Fry. Facilities include three bars, two restaurants, 20 bedrooms, a snooker room and four event rooms for hire.

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The AllBright

The first London private members’ club aimed at working women, the AllBright is located in a gorgeous five-storey townhouse in Bloomsbury. There’s plenty of working space, plus regular networking events – look out for Bond actress Naomie Harris – a founder member.

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The Court

New members’ club in the former Bag O’Nails music venue, Soho, where 60s legends, including Jimi Hendrix, once played. There is nightly live music in a basement bar described as ‘Gatsbyesque’.

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The Ned

This former Midland bank opened as a club in the City in 2017 and is popular with finance and fashion types alike. The restoration of the building kept many of its features including the original vaults – now a basement bar.

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5 Hertford Street

Cosy Mayfair club with lived-in Chesterfields and fireplaces, created by Robin Birley, the son of Annabel’s founder.

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The South Kensington Club

Members’ club with a health and beauty slant. You’ll find a juice bar, yoga classes and a stunning gym – all the essentials for a perfectly balanced, holistic lifestyle, in fact.

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67 Pall Mall

This Mayfair club, exclusively for wine lovers and those in the industry, is all about sharing a love of fine wines with like-minded people.

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Giles Cook

Giles recently joined Best Gapp in 2017 as Partner Designate and Head of Residential Agency, bringing over 20 years’ experience to the firm. Following a three-year stint as an Area Director for Foxtons, he went on to head up Chestertons’ sales and lettings operations in central London, before becoming a Partner at top Knightsbridge boutique WA Ellis.

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